WHI, an organisation having special consultative status with the Economic and Social Council, UN, has chosen Geevarghese Mar Coorilos Metropolitan, Diocese of Mumbai, for its maiden Golden Lantern Award.
Geevarghese Mar Coorilos was chosen for the award for his free education initiatives for slum children, health and treatment schemes designed for TB patients, exemplary contributions to the education sector and opening up of theology learning for women in the upcoming Theo University. Mor Coorilos was the chairman of Theeram, India Center for Social Change, a charitable trust that Mor Coorilos founded in 2002 which has been working for the welfare of mentally challenged children in Kerala. Under his leadership this institution has established vocational training and day care centers in various parts of Kerala. The award is being conferred on the metropolitan for his outstanding efforts in social, educational and charitable spheres. Kerala Governor Arif Mohammed Khan will give away the award in Thiruvananthapuram in mid-July.