Dhammajarinee Witthaya School (Thailand) wins
Rona Abramson Women’s Initiative Award
The Rona and Jeffrey Abramson Foundation announces the winner of the 2020 Rona Abramson Women’s Initiative Award. This inaugural annual award is part of the Rona and Jeffrey Abramson Foundation’s ongoing commitment to supporting women leaders who apply effective, creative, inspirational and entrepreneurial programs to improve their communities and the world.
Through the Rona Abramson Women’s Initiative Award, our Foundation seeks to highlight and honor inspiring examples of the innumerable and largely unrecognized women who are improving life everywhere – through their passion, curiosity, urgency, compassion and intelligence. The award comes with a $50,000 honorarium. It is presented annually to an organization that has made an extraordinary and scalable solution that can impact the future of that community and our world.
The 2020 winner of the Rona Abramson Women’s Initiative Award goes to the Dhammajarinee Witthaya School based in Thailand. The in-residence school is a refuge for over one thousand at-risk girls from the school years of nursery through grade 12. The School’s successful mission is to provide these vulnerable girls the opportunity to grow in a loving and protected environment and to empower them to live healthy, productive and successful lives. Many of the School’s girls have either been abandoned or come from households with no source of income. The alternative is a traumatic, unsafe and hungry future. Now they receive award winning education, a nurturing home, and proper food and healthcare.
Rona was a compassionate philanthropist and internationally recognized expert in the development and implementation of innovative programs for women and girls. She understood that prioritizing the application of technologies of consciousness, such as Transcendental Meditation, as taught by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, was essential to unleash their potential, strengthen their character, unfold their thirst to learn, thrive, and chart their own bright future.
She founded several nonprofit organizations focusing on social issues for women and girls including their mental and physical health, education and employment, and safe, healthy communities. Jeffrey, her husband, along with her family and dear friends, were inspired to create the Rona Abramson Women’s Initiative continuing her momentum to scale access to innovative and proven programs around the world.