The Foundation Receives Community Champion Awards 2018 - November

The charity Remembering Srebrenica held an event this week to celebrate the contributions of “unsung heroes” and their significant achievements in confronting racism, religious hatred and intolerance.

Joseph Interfaith Foundation was one of the two organisations that received “The Community Champion Awards 2018” for its projects on “Auschwitz and Srebrenica: Lessons of our shared history”. Mehri Niknam MBE, Executive Director of the Foundation who is also named on the award received the award on behalf of the Foundation.

She said: ‘I am genuinely overwhelmed and humbled to receive this award. During my first visit to Srebrenica, I declared "These people are also my people", meaning the mind-set of those who committed the atrocities and the genocide in Srebrenica was no different from the mind-set of those who destroyed six million of my Jewish people in the Holocaust with such brutality and disregard for human beings. Therefore, I took the pledge to bring this to the attention of the Jewish community and teach its lessons to young people in order to make them aware of the poison of religious hatred and xenophobia.

I am delighted that so many of the Imams and Rabbis whom we have taken to Srebrenica for several years are now commemorating the Srebrenica genocide at their synagogues and mosques. Our work with schools has reached thousands of young people. The Foundation’s Srebrenica projects and its cooperation with Remembering Srebrenica will continue’

Dr Waqar Azmi OBE chairman of Remembering Srebrenica, said: “These awards have highlighted the work of unsung heroes whose dedication, as volunteers is truly humbling. We have been honoured to work with the Joseph Interfaith Foundation”