CNN-IBN Real Heroes award ( Rs. 5,00,000) recognises and acknowledges ordinary Indians who are making a difference to people's lives.
Having gone through the pain of seeing her thirteen-year-old daughter battle cancer, Sheeba Ameer, a house wife, decided to step out of her home to help other parents of terminally ill children. Today her organisation SOLACE acts as a support system for many parents in Kerala who cannot afford expensive treatment for their children. For these parents, Sheeba is a friend, a saviour and their Real Hero.
Tragedy struck Rasiya early in life, when she was widowed at just 20. But she didn’t let her sorrow consume her life and instead found her calling in nursing and providing a home to old and abandoned women in Palakad, Kerala. Today Shantiniketan has 12 mothers.