August 7, 2023 – A Croatian humanitarian, Ivan Blažević, manager of the Solidarna Foundation, was nominated for the Humanitarian Awards Global in the main category – humanitarian of the year.
“Humanitarian Awards Global” are awarded with the mission of recognizing, presenting, and evaluating the work of individuals and organizations dedicated to community work and social progress, writes Index. The mission of “Humanitarian Awards Global” is not only to reward work but, in doing so, to additionally support and encourage proactive engagement around the world.
Croatian Humanitarian is the Only Nominated European
In the Humanitarian of the Year category, Ivan Blažević, manager of the Solidarna Foundation, the only one from Europe, was nominated along with 18 other international candidates, which is an outstanding achievement and a massive reminder of the positive impact his work has on the community, Solidarna announced.
“I am deeply honored by the nomination for the Humanitarian of the Year award. This is not only a reflection of my efforts but also proof of the power of collective compassion and empathy in creating positive change in society. Heartfelt thanks to the team of the Solidarna Foundation, all associates, volunteers, and donors, whose tireless driving force is behind all the achievements and successful social changes we have made together in the past years.
Most importantly, I express my gratitude to the individuals and communities whose lives we have touched through our work. Your resilience and strength in the face of adversity have taught me invaluable lessons about empathy and solidarity,” says Blažević. You can vote for him and Solidarna here.
About Solidarna Foundation
Since its establishment, the Solidarna Foundation has been focused on the community, and thanks to its transparent and efficient ways, it respects the trust of citizens, as well as numerous organizations and corporate partners. Through the Women’s Fund, the Solidarna Foundation assists victims of domestic violence, offering them support and resources to rebuild their lives. Through the Desa & Jerko Baković Fund, Solidarna ensures access to education and a brighter future for children in need.
During the devastating earthquakes that hit Croatia, the foundation’s efficiency surpassed even the state’s. In just two years, they managed to build more houses for the affected families than the Croatian government, offering shelter and comfort to those affected by the disaster. With the beginning of the war in Ukraine, the Solidarna Foundation also launched the Solidarno s Ukrajinom Fund to support Ukrainian refugees in Croatia for their integration into Croatian society. Although this nomination is a recognition of previous achievements, it is also a reminder of the challenges here and yet to come. The Solidarna Foundation will continue to work on the protection of human rights, from direct aid to advocating systemic changes, both in the Republic of Croatia and in the region and the European Union.
To date, the Solidarna Foundation has won three awards, including the European Citizen 2022 award from the European Parliament, the Diana Budisavljević Award for Humanity and Justice awarded by the Serbian National Council, and their Marina Škrabalo is the winner of the T-portal – Visionary of the Year Award in the category “Society.”
About Humanitarian Awards Global
The “Humanitarian Awards Global” committee awards excellent organizations, and individuals in the public, private, and non-profit sectors, recognizing their achievements in socially responsible business, serving the community, contributions to community development, work on environmental protection, etc.
The awards celebrate humanitarians who demonstrate or influence individuals or society through their exceptional leadership, honor outstanding individuals involved in various areas of charitable and humanitarian work, celebrate organizations’ exceptional contributions to social development, and create a shared interactive space where problems are identified and overcome.