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    Michaela Wicki is providing a unique combination of services for homeless runaways in the Czech Republic. Her goal is to get them off the streets and into a loving and affirming environment in which they can grow into productive and happy members of society.

    Jerry White is creating a victim-free world by transforming passive victims into active survivors and leaders. Jerry’s Survivor Corps, a worldwide peer-to-peer support network, gives conflict survivors the tools they need to become leaders in their communities. By transforming survivors’ perceptions of themselves, Jerry is able to change global societal attitudes towards role of conflict survivors in the prevention of violent conflict.

    Rom Whitaker is showing how India's disadvantaged tribal groups can develop environmentally sustainable livelihoods from generally wild animals. He's also educating the broader public to its environmental situation through animal parks and popular films.

    James Whelton, a natural builder, teacher, avid entrepreneur, and tenacious tech expert, is creating a youth movement of citizen coders to spread a mindset shift in young people based on mentorship, inclusivity, and community-driven action.

    In reaction to great inequality and historical separation of different racial populations in South Africa, Pip works to create connections between young people across socio-economic and cultural divides. By encouraging empathy and building a greater level of understanding between different communities, Pip is laying a foundation for a new generation of change makers.

    During apartheid, black South Africans were all assigned to Bantustan “homelands” and, in many cases, the original residents of these areas were crowded out of farming and into townships within these boundaries. As a result the local farming economy in the Bantustans collapsed. Since then, the post apartheid regime has unfortunately refused to recognize the rights of the citizens living in the former Bantustans.

    About 71 percent of Kenya’s urban population lives in overcrowded slums on the periphery of major cities. These slum dwellers face poor and unhygienic living conditions and are frequently threatened with forced eviction. Jane Weru is working to organize these slum dwellers and empower them with the technical and financial resources needed to prevent eviction and improve their living conditions.

    Jurema Pinto Werneck, a young physician from Rio de Janeiro, is focusing her attention on changing the alarming sterilization rates among Brazilian women, particularly among very poor (and thus primarily black) women. She is also trying to develop a therapeutic system to deal with the physical and psychological aftereffects that are specific to this large group of Brazilians.

    Benson’s new idea is to empower young refugee population in the conflict-prone Democratic Republic of Congo to become agents of peaceful change by providing them with entrepreneurial education and leadership training. Benson’s target is to reach 1 million youths in the region who will then drive a non-violent movement to build peace, restore the social-economic fabric that binds together the region’s different ethnic groups and ensure long-term stability and economic prosperity.

    The rich cultural traditions of indigenous communities in Brazil have come under threat from mainstream institutions that ignore or discredit their value. Kaká Werá works to bring indigenous cultures to the country’s mainstream, strengthening self-esteem among natives and spreading crucial insights on environmental protection and cultural diversity.