Awards & Accolades

  • Recipient of the International Cooperative Innovation Award 2020 by the U.S. Overseas Cooperative Development Council
  • Rita Panicker was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award 2016 by the National Association of Professional Social Workers in India for her distinct contribution in the domain of child rights, especially street & working children at the 4th Indian Social Work Congress
  • Rita Panicker honoured by Shri Amitabh Bachan in the new Star Plus show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi
  • ‘Vanitha Woman of the Year 2013’ by the Malayala Manorama group. Award instituted to acknowledge the work done by Malayali women to serve our society
  • Zee Pehal Pioneering Personalities L. N. Goel Award
  • “IGSSS Shrestha Puruskar,2011”, by the Indo Global Social Service Society in New Delhi for pioneering work in bringing significant changes in the lives of street and working children
  • “Women of Social Work Excellence” by Manava Seva Dharmasamvardhani Charitable Trust for Social Service Consciousness, Chennai, on 27 February
  • Children’s Development Khazana started by Butterflies in 2001 received the Second Prize in the 2006 Global Development Network Award for the Most Innovative Development Project. This award is given to the institution whose ongoing project embodies a fresh approach to an important development need and holds the greatest promise for benefiting the poor in developing and transition countries. Criteria include the degree of innovation and the potential for broad application of the project in other countries
  • The Ramachandran – Ikeda Award 1999 was conferred on Butterflies in appreciation of their work in education, healthcare and recreation of street and working children. The award was conferred on Butterflies for following Gandhian philosophy of education i.e. schools should be living school where children are taught life skills education, to respect work especially those who work with their hands and to respect and accept all irrespective of language, religion or caste.
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