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Amina Evangelista Swanepoel

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

Philippines
Amina Evangelista Swanepoel is dramatically changing the lives of women and youth in the Philippines by confronting the deep-rooted culture of stigma and misinformation surrounding reproductive and sexual health. By implementing an approach that prioritizes empowerment and community wellbeing, Amina... Read more

Zhihan Lee

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

Philippines
Zhihan Lee is addressing gaps in the Philippine education system that hinder youth from low-income backgrounds to access meaningful careers in the fast-changing future of work. He is redefining higher education and technical-vocational education through a comprehensive program that combines student... Read more

Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2017

Philippines
Bai Rohaniza Sumndad-Usman is committed to making peacebuilding a priority in the formative years of children by creating a wide-scale interfaith, intercultural, and intergenerational movement. She is working towards a culture of peace by establishing a holistic community-led peace education program... Read more

Laurindo Garcia

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2015

Philippines
Laurindo is creating replicable online communities that enable LGBT and HIV-positive youth to connect and collaborate with community organizations, service providers, government institutions – and one another – to accelerate the movement for gay rights and sexual health in Southeast Asia and beyond.... Read more

Cristina Liamzon

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Philippines
Cristina Liamzon is building a global community of empowered Filipino migrant workers through a leadership and education program that encourages them to become drivers of change in the Philippines or in their host countries. Read more

John Paul Maunes

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Philippines
John Paul Maunes is bringing to light the issue of sexual abuse among the Deaf community in the Philippines and using it to mobilize stakeholders across the law enforcement and social welfare spheres to institute new inclusive measures for the broader inclusion of the Deaf. Read more

Ines Fernandez

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Philippines
Through the promotion of breastfeeding and the preparation of indigenous, nutritious baby food, Ines is building a mother-led movement to improve infant and young child feeding and maternal nutrition in the Philippines. Read more

Kevin Lee

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2014

Philippines
Kevin Lee is enabling vulnerable communities in the Philippines to demand, create and sustain water and sanitation systems through a new governance approach that simultaneously channels consumer needs and increases local government capacity to deliver. Read more

Girlie Garcia-Lorenzo

Ashoka Fellow since Nov 2013

Philippines
Poor children suffering from chronic illnesses in Philippine public hospitals experience extreme stress and pain. Families and hospital staff also suffer from the physical demands of caring and the emotional strain of treating children with serious, often terminal, conditions. Maria Fatima “Girlie”... Read more