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Saidal Haq Chunnu is a dedicated and charismatic social activist who became blind at an early age. In 1991, as a recent masters graduate, he established his first initiative in Bangladesh to help the blind learn and refine the skills necessary for either higher education or employment.
Michal Wroniszewski, a physician, is creating a national movement to accept disabled or "special" individuals as integrated members of society in Poland, with a primary focus on autistic and mentally retarded children and their families.
Sharafat Azad is addressing the gaping hole in occupational health hazard prevention, treatment and rehabilitation in India. With the majority of India’s work force in the informal sector, most laborers work in dangerous health conditions for little pay and without access to insurance or treatment for their occupation-related diseases.
Deeply influenced by his own experiences of the challenges of life in urban city centers, Stephan de Beer founded an initiative that regenerates inner cities in a sustainable, socially inclusive way using local assets and building local ownership.
A past victim herself, Rachel Lloyd is fighting the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC) by empowering young women to play a role in the larger national movement to end the trafficking of girls in the US.
Ricardo Soto involves children, parents, teachers, and municipal authorities in the management of a revolving micro-credit fund that supports education and increases school enrolment for rural children in Peru.
Minal Lonkar-Kavishwar, an energetic and creative psychologist, is introducing animal-assisted therapy in India to increase emotional and mental health. She is unlocking latent capacities for communication and empathy by combining the qualities of a therapist and trained animal, during interaction with clients.
Mohamed Negi equips citizens with the tools and resources they need both to use and strengthen their citizenship rights that are guaranteed by law and to protect themselves and their environment.
To improve the lives of Pakistan’s neglected street children, Rana Asif Habib has developed a unique support system that relies on a more accurate understanding of this underserved group. Taking a child-centered approach, he is the first in Pakistan to design programs that employ different strategies for children who work and those who sleep in the streets. He combines the support he offers street children with awareness campaigns and education for the public.