Bhubaneswar, Oct 23: : Dr. Alejandro Toledo, Former President of Peru received the KISS Humanitarian Award 2015 at a event organized at Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar on Thursday.
The citation was pressed to Dr. Taledo by Dr. Achyuta Samanta, founder and Saswati Bal, President, KIIT & KISS. Many dignitaries attended the function including Madam Eliane Karp-Toledo, J. J. Guillermo Betancourt Rivera, Ambassador of Peru to India; Carlos Jimenez Gil-Fortoul, Deputy Chief of Mission, Embassy of Peru in India; and R. N. Dash, Secretary, KIIT & KISS.
The award citation recognized him as an “icon of hope and aspirations of millions of poverty stricken and indigenous aborigine people around the world.” Dr. Toledo was the first South American President of indigenous descent to be democratically elected when he became President of Peru in 2001.
“I invite you to dream in order to be successful, but dream with your eyes open. Don’t get truncated by the impossibility of your dreams. We have a lot of things in common” said Dr. Toledo addressing at the function.
The KISS Humanitarian Award was instituted by Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences (KISS), Bhubaneswar in 2008 to honour and recognize individuals with exceptionally high contribution to the society in various fields relating to social issues and who have distinguished themselves as true humanitarians.