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Kailash Satyarthi is fighting the use of child labor by creating domestic and international consumer resistance to products made by bonded children, as well as with direct legal and advocacy work. Through a number of training programs, he also helps children sold to pay their parents' debts to find...

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Subroto Das

Ashoka Fellow since May 2004

India
Dr Subroto Das, winner of one of India’s highest civilian awards, Padma Shri for his work on Highway Trauma Care, co-founded Lifeline Foundation along with his wife, Sushmita (after surviving a life-threatening accident in August, 1999 on one of India’s busiest highways), with the aim of reducing...
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Shoaib Sultan Khan

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2009

Pakistan
Rural Support Program

Shoaib is breaking the cycle of poverty in the rural communities of Pakistan. In 1982, he established the Aga Khan Rural Support Program (RSP), a citizen sector organization that targets poverty-stricken villages and engages their inhabitants in development programs, with a larger goal of involving...

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Vyjayanthi is a pioneer in designing and conducting large-scale diagnostic assessments that uncovers rote learning among students in India and Bhutan. She is now cloning and making accessible, her highly sophisticated tool and approach, that not only empowers any teacher or school to gain critical...

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Teesta Setalvad

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2003

India

To transform Indian schools from being perpetrators of bias and prejudice to becoming fighters for justice and equality, Teesta Setalvad has launched the country's first educational curriculum to help children engage with various contemporary human rights and social issues in the classroom.

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Ajmal Kamal

Ashoka Fellow since May 2002

Pakistan
City Press

Ajmal Kamal is providing a forum for Pakistanis of all backgrounds and classes to learn about and discuss pressing issues facing the country.

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Shafqat Munir Ahmad

Ashoka Fellow since May 2008

Pakistan
Journalists for Democracy and Human Rights (JDHR)

Shafqat Munir Ahmad has introduced the notion of social responsibility to journalists in Pakistan, in an effort to increase the amount of space devoted to pressing social concerns. He has established several research centers dedicated to democratic governance, women and children’s rights...

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Asher Hasan

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2011

United States

Starting in Pakistan, Asher Hasan is providing quality, private health insurance to low-income workers in the emerging economies through an approach that distributes cost and social responsibility among several stakeholders affiliated with low-income beneficiaries.

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Belinda Wright

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2009

India

Belinda Wright has pioneered innovative and trans-formative conservation strategies using state-of-the-art technology, meticulous documentation, collaborative partnerships, education, and visual arts media. Belinda approaches the criminal trade in wildlife by addressing not just the poaching...

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Sushobha Barve

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2004

India

India has suffered religious and ethnic violence for centuries.Sushobha Barve’s citizen peace committees cut away its root causes.

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