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Bedriye Hülya’s b-Fit uses a unique model that combines access to sports and entrepreneurship as vehicles to promote gender equality, education, entrepreneurship, and empowerment of women and girls in Turkey.
Adrew Macharia passed away in 2011, but his work and the management of the Nairobi City Garbage Collectors continues under the management of his daughter Hellen Mumbi Macharia. A former truck driver who has for years been keenly aware of garbage piled up along the roadsides, Andrew Macharia is stimulating citizens to respond to the waste management crises that face most East African cities.
Debashish is developing a people's movement to preserve and restore the rich architectural heritage of India's widely varying neighborhoods. By helping people see what they have and then organize to protect it, he's triggering the civic pride and organization that are the prerequisites to reversing urban decay.
Karan Grover is bringing school students in western India into meaningful contact with their natural environment by way of their architectural heritage. In so doing, he is deepening and spreading urgently needed social commitment to the conservation of both endangered historic buildings and rapidly depleting water supplies.
In response to the absence of support for the impoverished elderly in India, Gautam Bharadwaj has designed a new system that helps low-income workers financially plan for old age throughout their working lives. Gautam has created the policy and institutional architecture needed to make financial security in old age a reality for the poor.
Jaime Ibacache-Burgos is developing a new health model in Chile that responds to communities’ specific needs according to their environment and culture. His Salud Colectiva (Collective Health) method promotes integration and equality between those who receive treatment, those involved in health delivery, and the greater bio-medical community.
Pal Gera created the Foundation for Otters in January 1995 to protect otters and wetlands in Hungary and throughout Europe. Using otters as a means of galvanizing public support for environmental protection, Pal has built a comprehensive program focused on public education and community involvement.
Hisham Kharma is using an online community-based platform to bring much needed cohesion to a national problem in Egypt: blood donations. Hisham is pioneering the first effort to unify previously scattered and distrusted actors under one umbrella and providing quick and free access to blood for patients in need.
Teerawat Sripathomsawad is reforming disability care in Thailand from a centralized medical model to one founded on personal care and independent living. Weaving together peer counseling, services at the neighborhood level, and access to personal assistants, Teerawat helps the disabled gain control over their own destinies.