New York Life insurance agent Kamal N. Daya, CLU, ChFC, has been honored with the top Quality of Life award from the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation for his philanthropic work with the Fidai Educational Institution in India. Along with the award comes a USD 25,000 grant for the Fidai Educational Institution to continue his work there.
Daya, a 32-year member of the Million Dollar Round Table and Excalibur Knight, was recognized at the MDRT Annual Meeting in Atlanta, Georgia, on June 6, 2011. As this year’s recipient, Daya secured the first top Quality of Life grant for a charity based outside of the United States. His passion for children in India led Daya and his wife, Connie, to support the Fidai Educational Institution, which operates facilities in Andheri and Panchgani. These facilities serve approximately 500 resident students and 500 day-scholars that reside in the most impoverished areas of Mumbai. His work and contributions have led to the creation of state-of-the-art language labs and workshops to help educate disadvantaged children and give them an opportunity to excel in society. The facilities include a 26-station Linguaphone lab, more than 1,000 Hindi and Marathi-language books as well as one-on-one mentoring for students.
“The top Quality of Life Grant honors the selfless volunteer efforts of MDRT members who give their time to serve charitable causes in their own communities and worldwide,” explained MDRT Foundation President Robelynn H. Abadie, LUTCF, RFC. “Kamal was chosen because of his dedication to the school and continued support of championing education in India.”
Daya grew up in Mumbai, India, and currently resides in Dallas, Texas. Since he was young, Daya says he always knew he would return to help people in India.
“I have always wanted to make a difference for the people of my home country and the MDRT Foundation has been very supportive of my efforts there,” Daya says. “I hope that by providing educational tools to the children in India they will have a better chance of finding work and escaping multigenerational poverty.”
MDRT membership in India has increased exponentially over the past several years making their membership second only to the United States. In India, as in other countries, achieving MDRT membership is synonymous with high ethical standards and success, as well as a balanced life. The MDRT India chapter is very active and currently has member representation in all the major cities in India, as well as most major companies.