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Héctor Castillo has brought rival gang members together to build and manage a community center. This center is a unique space where youth come together to showcase their talents and culture and begin building bridges to the surrounding communities.
Mohammed Abu Amerah is recreating the tightly knit social fabric of the Arab society, torn apart by rapid urban expansion and the consequent shift in focus from the community to self-interests. He is reviving the traditional and cultural concept of the old harra (neighborhood) and what it represents as a space for community participation, mutual respect, and protection for vulnerable groups.
Rolando Encinas has developed a process to preserve the history and strengthen the identity of the peoples of Bolivia based on recovery and performance of Bolivian music.
Alicia Leal, a Mexican educator, is fostering a social consciousness about violence against women. Alicia is empowering women to demand their human rights through her organization, Alternativas Pacificas (Peaceful Alternatives), and has established a multidisciplinary model for victim treatment to be implemented by the federal government.
Arvind Kejriwal uses a new state law to fight corruption in India, training ordinary citizens to secure transparency and accountability at all levels of government.
Recognizing the positive role women can play in reducing gun violence, Binalakshmi “Bina” Nepram is pioneering the micro-disarmament movement in India by involving and empowering women most affected by violence.
Lilia Cisneros is reducing the number of children in Mexico who suffer severe burns, and providing affordable, integrated care for the emotional and physical scars of those who have been burned.
Tobenna Nwagujiobi is restoring dignity to young people facing chronic unemployment and to farming, a profession that has been undervalued, and thus, underutilized by rural inhabitants as a means of solving many of their community’s challenges.
Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization, wants to restructure the field of sanitation worldwide. Providing humanity with clean, safe and convenient toilets is a familiar goal, but it remains a distant one because of cultural taboos, poor funding and a lack of political will.
Nureddin Amro is bringing visually impaired students to participate as equals in public school classrooms for the first time across the Levant (Lebanon, Syria, Jordan, and the Palestinian Territories). In this way, he is driving up the level of empathy in these societies, and thus, better equipping them to embrace difference of all kinds.