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    Márcia Ventura Dias reintegrates street children into society by providing safe alternatives to the street and supporting them in shelters that help them to cope with their past traumas. She works to humanize the children in the eyes of society and influence public institutions to create new models for sheltering at-risk children.   

    Marcelina Bautista is leading the movement in Mexico to unite and elevate the social status of domestic workers and to secure for them the same rights enjoyed by other laborers, including fair wages, sick leave, and freedom from sexual exploitation.

    Martina Teminova-Richterova is the founder and director of an alternative drug treatment community in the Czech Republic. Her approach treats addicts with respect and teaches them in incremental steps how to take responsibility for their own recovery.

    Recognizing the link between domestic violence and economic insecurity, Shaista Bukhari is helping women in Pakistan’s region of Punjab to engage in entrepreneurial activities. Through her Women Rights Association, she provides access to social capital, networking opportunities, business trainings, and other resources, while encouraging participants to come up with innovative ideas for new ventures.

    Using a network of technology-equipped centers, Jorge Camil Starr has developed a comprehensive basic and vocational education model for Mexicans in the urban and suburban bottom of the pyramid. This network forms a parallel infrastructure that complements Mexico’s public education system- with the ultimate objective of boosting access to economic opportunities for the most disadvantaged Mexicans.

    Urvashi Sahni and Randolph Wang are matching high-quality pedagogy with low-cost technology to link quality teaching in urban schools with poor rural schools, and doing it inexpensively and on a large-scale. A facilitated video-based instruction system provides flexible ways of teaching students in the face of entrenched shortages both of qualified teachers and quality educational materials.

    Realising that there will never be sufficient doctors to treat patients in India individually, Sujay is completely changing the healthcare system from an individualized curative model, to a community based preventive healthcare system to ensure holistic well being of communities.

    Beatriz Solis, long a Mexico City professor of communications, will bring previously inaccessible specialist publications by Latin Americans to teachers and students, private voluntary association leaders, and other professionals wherever they are across the region quickly and relatively inexpensively.

    An economist with a strong commitment to improving the economic opportunities and well-being of the poor, Miguel García has formed an organization of consultants and trainers to enable small producers to join together in networks and cooperatives to improve and expand their operations.

    Sururi Wachidus (known as Kak WeEs) is reforming education and family communications in Indonesia through storytelling, a traditional communication and teaching method which has been eclipsed recently by the introduction of the mass media. Storytelling, especially in the participatory style Kak WeEs advocates, encourages a kind of dialogue that does not presently exist in either the home or in educational institutions.