Recognizing her philanthropic work, Nita Ambani, founder and chairperson of the Reliance Foundation, has been honoured by the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York.
"This special honour recognises Ambani's expansive philanthropic work in the areas of Education, Sports, Healthcare, Rural Transformation, Urban Renewal, Disaster Response, Women Empowerment and Promotion of the Arts. She is the first South Asian to receive this distinguished accolade," a statement issued by the Reliance Foundation said.
The Met is recognised as one of the most iconic museums in the world. It currently lives in three celebrated sites of the city — The Met Fifth Avenue, The Met Breuer, and The Met Cloisters – housing over 5,000 years of art from around the world.
"The Met was most impressed by the diversity and scale of the work carried out by Reliance Foundation, led by Ambani. The direction she gives the Foundation has helped it to focus its work on sustainable urban and rural transformation as well as healthcare, education, grassroots development through sport, and women empowerment," the statement said, adding, the Foundation's support of Indian Art and the aim to take it global stems from Ambani's personal passion.
Reliance Foundation has benefited over ten million Indians, touching the lives of individuals across more than 10,500 urban areas and villages, it said.
"I am delighted and humbled by this honour for our work at Reliance Foundation. It is truly gratifying that our efforts, especially in education, sports, health and rural transformation, are bringing smiles to millions of people. This recognition from a distinguished global institution like The Met is a tribute to our commitment towards sustainable development and social empowerment," Ambani said, after receiving the award.