The Hestia* Onassis International Prize was launched by the Alexander S. Onassis Public Benefit Foundation, in view of the Civil Society Days (CSD) of the 3rd Global Forum on Migration and Development (GFMD), organized by the Foundation, in November 2009, Greece.
The Prize is a three year commitment of the Onassis Foundation (2009-2011) and is accompanied by a monetary award of EUR 50,000 per year. The prize is bestowed to a deserving and exceptional Immigrant Integration and Human Development initiative of a Civil Society Organization, team or individual based and acting in the hosting country of the Global Forum on Migration and Development or elsewhere, if the Foundation decides differently.
For more information concerning the Hestia Onassis International Prize and the Civil Society Days Forum of the 3rd Global Forum for Migration and Development, please visit www.gfmd2009.org or www.onassis.gr.
* Hestia – the ancient goddess of the hearth, domestic life and family. Symbolizes the new home and the new life that immigrants build in the host countries and the way in which the host countries integrate them in their public life.
HESTIA PRIZE 2010 BESTOWED ON THE MEXICAN ASSOCIATION OF CREDIT UNIONS FROM THE SOCIAL SECTOR (AMUCSS)
In 2010, the second Hestia Onassis Prize was bestowed on the Mexican Association of Credit Unions from the Social Sector (AMUCSS) for their project Banking Transnational Rural Indigenous Communities in Mexico: Remittances, Microfinance and Local Development. The Prize was awarded in Puerta Vallarta, Mexico, host country of the CSD of the 4th GFMD, organized by the BBVA Bancomer Foundation.
HESTIA PRIZE 2009 BESTOWED ON MEDECINS DU MONDE-GREECE
In 2009, during the CSD/3rd GFMD in Athens, Greece, the Onassis Foundation bestowed the Prize on Medecins du Monde-Greece for their initiative Open Polyclinic, which offers free medical and pharmaceutical care, as well as psychosocial support to groups of immigrants with limited access at all to the Greek National Health System and social services.