HHF Founder Petra Nemcova Wins Humanitarian Award

We’re happy to announce that our founder Petra Nemcova will receive the World Tourism Humanitarian Award on November 3, 2014! The award is given by the World Tourism Awards organization in recognition of her “inspiring philanthropic initiative and vision in creating Happy Hearts Fund.”


Since HHF started, Petra has been personally involved in much of our daily operations — at our office here in NYC and around the world, as she visits many schools to view their progress, support their openings, and meet students, teachers, and community members.

Her dedication has helped to establish the structure, vision, and strategy that’s allowed us to succeed in rebuilding #HappySchools.

For those who didn’t know, by the end of 2014 we will have rebuilt 100 safe-resilient schools, benefitting more than 46,000 children and 490,000 community members in nine countries. Petra’s personal experience of survival in the Indian Ocean Tsunami of 2004 helps her understand and connect with the children and community members being helped by HHF.

The special award she will receive was designed and handcrafted on the Mediterranean Island of Malta by Mdina Glass, and celebrates the qualities of leadership and vision that inspire others to reach new heights.

The World Tourism Awards was founded as a way to  “recognize individuals, companies, organizations, destinations and attractions for outstanding initiatives related to the travel and tourism industry, and in fostering sustainable tourism and developing programs that give back to local communities.”

The awards ceremony will take place in London. If any of our London-based supporters would like to attend the event and watch Petra receive the award for free, e-mail us at [email protected].

Congrats, Petra! And thank you to all who continually support Happy Hearts Fund!