FILIPINO-Indian businessman Manjinder “James” Kumar was hailed anew by the Asia Leaders Awards (ALA) as the “Philanthropist of the Year,” an award he has received for three consecutive years.
The honor was given by the award-giving body to those who are generously aiding cash, goods, and services through their own capacity and to acknowledge leaders who make a difference in their respective fields.
He received the same recognition from ALA in 2020 and 2021.
“Three consecutive years brings pure bliss,” he wrote in a Facebook post.
“Behind my personal joy is my heartfelt gratitude to the Lord Almighty for empowering me to serve others, my family who is my strength and main motivator, India in the Philippines led by our HE Ambassador Shambhu for the gracious support in our advocacies, and to Filipino Indian Commerce and Welfare Society Inc. (FICWSI)’s many partner organizations, government and non-government alike, that share the same passion that I have to be of service to others,” Kumar added.
As president-founder of FICWSI, he has sponsored a complete homeschooling package for one school year for an orphanage that includes laptops, internet, and tutoring.
Kumar also led efforts in donating personal protective equipment, face masks, face shields, vitamins, bicycles, and hospital beds to frontliners at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.