The Harmony Foundation was founded in October 2005 by Dr. Abraham Mathai to establish social cohesion between various communities, castes and work towards the benefit of all the communities without any discrimination as to religion, caste, creed, gender or region. The raison d’etre of this foundation was necessitated by the fact that we are presently living in a very turbulent period in the history of mankind wherein many wicked acts are being perpetrated under the guise of political, economic, religious reasons which have long term implications on the peaceful co-existence of human society.
The society today needs peace, tolerance, equality and social justice to function cohesively and to encourage inclusiveness. In order to make this a concrete and tangible reality, the Harmony Foundation along with the Board of Patrons: Baroness Caroline Cox, Mahesh Bhatt, P.C. Thomas, Tushar Gandhi, Flavia Agnes and Shazia Ilmi, hosts the Mother Teresa Memorial Awards for Social Justice to felicitate selfless and intrepid individuals. These are individuals who have channeled all of their energies and creativity towards furthering the aims of social justice so as to encourage the society to imbibe these virtues of peace which are an integral part of the Indian Constitution.