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Dr. U. Jaikumaran is working with agriculture laborers in India to prepare the agriculture sector to meet the country’s food needs, by organizing them into a Food Security Army and introducing technology, efficiency, and professionalism to their work.
In deprived areas of London, increased violence, theft, and drug use have contributed to the rise of crime among young people. To address these problems, Junior Smart has developed an ex-prisoner led peer mentoring system that provides services to prisoners to address the broad array of problems they face in prison, before release, and as they integrate back into society.
A former national rugby player, Matthew Spacie is bringing recreational sports to children living in poor, urban neighborhoods in India. He is building their confidence and sense of community and teaching them to value teamwork and physical health. To support his work, he attracts volunteers and business sponsors and inspires reform in municipal funding for community sports.
Ruth Ibegbuna founded RECLAIM to tackle the UK’s low rates of social mobility. RECLAIM is building a new strand of working-class youth leadership with the mission of “being seen, being heard and leading change”, coming out of the most marginalized areas in regional cities with a powerful influence on politics, the media, and mindsets locally and nation-wide.
Albert Jovell is placing patients at the center of the healthcare system in Spain, giving them more decision-making power in issues concerning their health. To do this he is firstly equipping them with appropriate knowledge regarding their treatment and conditions. Beyond empowering them on a personal level, Albert has also placing patient representatives in the governing and advisory committees that steer the healthcare system.
Albeiro Vargas is improving societal treatment of the elderly and creating a model for strong intergenerational relations in Colombia through a program that brings children more closely and more regularly into the lives of older people.
Observing that 90% of street kids that go in a shelter drop out after 2 days, Arnoud is revolutionizing assistance to street kids to multiply their chances of successfully reintegrating into society. By reaching them in their environment - the street - and focusing on their positive skills to restore their self-esteem, he empowers them until they decide by themselves to move towards a better future.
Mark Johnson believes that only offenders can stop re-offending. Offenders are the key to their own rehabilitation, and the key to improving the system that is supposed to perform that function. Through his organization, User Voice, Mark is challenging the system’s assumption that “punishment should mean silence” by giving offenders a voice in designing the system.
Nimisha Desai, one of India's growing group of single women, is seeking to remove several of the severe disabilities they face.
With nearly 3 million homeless people living on the streets of European cities, street social workers struggle to find adequate answers to help the most excluded change their situation. Through a revolutionary process that bridges life on the streets with the traditional health care system, Emilie Meessen is supporting homeless people’s dignity and self-esteem while facilitating their social and professional rehabilitation.