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    Tereza Hradílková has created a comprehensive program for families with blind children or children with multiple disabilities. Her family based method is a dramatic departure from the traditional expert driven, institutionalized care of such children in Czech Republic.

    Çağan Şekercioğlu aims to prevent extinctions and consequent collapses of critical ecosystem processes while making sure that human communities benefit from conservation as much as the wildlife they help conserve. His non-profit organization Kuzey Do?a builds sustainable and replicable models that combine nature conservation, wildlife research, environmental education, capacity building and income generation activities.

    Luiz Geraldo de Oliveira Moura is offering Brazil's small farmers an alternative way of growing and selling produce that guarantees their livelihood while protecting the environment. By helping them convert to organic farming and linking them directly with consumers, he is transforming an important agricultural sector and offering all consumers, even the poor, a healthy, low-cost food alternative.

    Melitta began the Last Straw Foundation to address the needs of the poorest in Hungary's poorest, post-industrial areas. The foundation begins with provisions of food, medicine, social aid, employment possibilities, and financial services to families. After these basic needs for are met, Melitta introduces special forms of mini-farming in agriculture and animal breeding to ensure long-term sustainability.

    In a pilot center in a small town in northeastern Brazil, Renata Arantes Villela is creating a caring and nurturing environment for the disabled. With strong links to the broader community in which it is based, the pilot center will serve as a model for the development of much-needed services for the disabled and as a vehicle for combating misconceptions about disabled individuals and what they can offer to their communities.

    This profile is dedicated to the memory of late Bohuslav Blazek. It was prepared when Bohuslav was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1995. Bohuslav Blazek a psychologist in the Czech Republic, is facilitating community development by increasing ordinary Czechs' ability to think creatively and participate in group discussion. His primary tools are "soft games," which he has developed to change social behaviors.

    Florentinus Gregorius Winarno has created the infrastructure for the production of safe and secure food in Indonesia. Known as the father of food science and technology, he has established the field of food security and localized job opportunities in the food processing industry.

    Ronaldo Lima de Oliveira is working both to prevent the destruction of the rain forest and to guarantee the survival of forest communities by creating a model for sustainable agro-economical activities in Brazil's recently-created "extractive reserves." The strategies that he is developing will allow people living in the reserves to meet their food needs and to produce a surplus to be sold in the market, thus enabling them to buy other goods necessary for their family's survi

    Sarah Trad is confronting Lebanon’s growing drug addiction problem by drawing on creative, science-based methods that are common in the West, but have yet to be implemented in the Arab world. She believes that addicts are suffering from an illness that can be cured with proper treatment, and should not be shunned by society. Her holistic approach encompasses treatment, prevention, and advocacy for change.

    Njideka Harry is expanding the horizons of rural youth and their mothers who are farmers. Njideka does this by providing access to information and resources across the value chain, helping them to create more sustainable livelihoods in agriculture.