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Roshaneh Zafar is pioneering the development of a women-centered and women-managed initiative that combines a micro-level lending and savings operation with related training and support activities at the community level. The formula is currently being tested and refined in two Pakistani villages and is expected to serve as a model for similar undertakings in other parts of the country.
Twenty years from now, the institutions that care for our society's frail and elderly will not exist in their current form. Dr. Bill Thomas is transforming long-term medical care from the current institution-oriented model into a more person-centered system. He has provided over 9,000 nursing home staff members with tools and strategies that help them create new habitats within existing facilities, and he has developed a network of 320 nursing homes in 50 states that incorporate his model.
With a dynamic, simple and effective program, Martín Guzmán is extending universal access to visual healthcare across Venezuela. Acting as a catalyst, Martín is bringing together community, state institutions, and citizen sector actors, to work toward visual health for all, and to ensure their full participation in the academic and labor fields.
Nalinika Obeyesekere is reforming Sri Lanka’s failing animal care system by improving veterinary education, tending to the country’s large stray animal population, and introducing new commercial opportunities in the animal service industry. She launched the country’s first multi-doctor veterinary practice, and uses a portion of the profits to subsidize free treatment for street animals and promote animal safety awareness.
For the past fifteen years, André Dupon has pioneered an alternative to the state-subsidized job training programs as a way to cope with France's deep-seated structural unemployment.
Jennifer is building the capacity of rural women to utilize widely available but idle natural resources and turn them into consumer products thus creating an opportunity to shift the focus of the local economy from subsistence to developing and maintaining viability of local natural resources.
What if the value of shopping for a sick neighbor, checking in on an isolated elder, or joining a neighborhood watch group could be “deposited” and “withdrawn” when citizens needed help? Edgar Cahn offers a way to combine monetary and service credits so that informal social care networks can grow and flourish across the country.
By reconfiguring the school day and increasing the independency and efficacy of elementary-level charter schools, John Danner is allowing schools to deliver quality education to low-income students, while scaling with greater ease and resources.
Vickie Wambura is reducing the rate of recidivism in Kenya’s prisons by focusing on rehabilitation and shifting society’s negative prejudices and stereotypes of prisoners.
As French society grows increasingly multicultural, the threat of community isolation is more and more a reality. Recognizing the risks associated with such a binary approach to diversity, Marc Cheb Sun has initiated media campaigns, including the development of Respect Magazine and Dynamique Diversité, to generate and implement new practices with respect to diversity for individuals as well as in firms and institutions throughout France.