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    J.B. Schramm is bringing new educational opportunities to students from economically disadvantaged areas by helping them enter college.

    Pisit Chansnoh is demonstrating how local wisdom and traditional fishing techniques can reclaim degraded coastal wetlands and improve the way of life for poor fishermen and their families. His program assists them in organizing to protect their fishing grounds and in devising strategies to increase their earning power.

    Catholic priest Jean Thébault is building a self-help movement of Ghana's disabled street beggars that enables them to support themselves and assist each other without begging.

    Ali is building a national youth service movement by enabling young people to launch their own community-based ventures. This approach provides personal development opportunities for at-risk, socially excluded and hard-to-reach young people, while at the same time sparking social and economical development at the local level.

    Paulo Lima founded a low-cost, effective print publication to spark the participation of children and teenagers in civic life and decision-making. He also helps adult readers understand and respect the perspectives of young people on issues of critical importance to the community.

    Betty Agujiobi is combating widespread adult illiteracy by introducing a needs-based approach that is effective and flexible, and that allows learners to acquire practical skills at their own pace.

    Francesco Cammarano has created a student-to-student didactic model in dental health and hygiene in order to lower the high incidence of dental diseases, promote prevention and education over costly treatment, and form youth leaders to teach other students and their communities the techniques of sound dental health.

    By training human rights organizations to use the monitoring and enforcement procedures made possible by the African Charter, Ashoka Fellow Alpha Fall and Julia increase the influence and efficacy of international human rights law.

    Lidiethe Madden Arias has established a demonstration farm and agricultural training center to improve the organization and efficiency of rural production, thereby addressing the gap in income and living standards between peasant families and urban dwellers.

    Working in Nazaré Paulista, a relatively impoverished conservation area that borders on the Atlantic Forest and is a major source of water for the city of São Paulo, Suzana Padua has developed a new model for community engagement in environmental protection.