PADF Receives 2023 Award for Peace and Fellowship from FIDELA

Washington D.C., June 20, 2023 – The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) is proud to announce that it has been honored with the esteemed 2023 Award for Peace and Fellowship by the Interreligious Forum of the Americas (FIDELA). This recognition highlights PADF’s exceptional efforts in advancing democracy, human rights, peace, security, and integral development.

The award ceremony took place at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington D.C., coinciding with the 53rd regular session of the Organization of American States (OAS) General Assembly. FIDELA bestows this accolade upon renowned individuals and organizations with a distinguished track record, showcasing values that encompass a commitment to addressing local, national, and international challenges. Recipients are recognized for seeking viable long-term solutions to economic, social, and political problems while respecting diverse perspectives. Moreover, they actively strive to foster collaboration and achieve mutually acceptable resolutions to complex issues, making a positive difference in the lives of individuals and society while upholding human dignity.

Nestor Mendez, Assistant Secretary General of the OAS, presented the award to PADF Executive Director Katie Taylor, expressing:

It is my distinct honor to present the prestigious 2023 Fidela Award for Peace and Fellowship to the Pan American Development Foundation in recognition of its invaluable and tireless work dedicated to uplifting the lives of the people of the Americas."

During her acceptance speech, Taylor acknowledged the vital role religious communities play in advancing these objectives, citing recent collaborations with Latter-day Saints (LDS) Charities in Haiti. She stated:

Whether faith-based organizations or organizations like ours, we approach humanitarian aid through the theology of compassion or the pursuit of global standards such as humanity, neutrality, and impartiality. We are delighted to be the swift and reliable partner of LDS Charities in remote and conflicted areas, where our proven track record of over 50 years, notably in Haiti, is transforming lives."

Luis Almagro, Secretary General of the OAS, emphasized the significance of unity in resolving crucial matters such as rights, religious freedom, and beliefs. He remarked:

Only together, without distinction of race, nationality, creed, sex, or age, can we achieve such important objectives."

Katie Taylor - Executive Director

Katie Taylor

Executive Director


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