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Nicole Rycroft is safeguarding the biodiversity and the long-term survival of ancient forests by shifting heavy paper consuming sectors away from products that originate in the ancient rainforests of British Columbia and endangered forests globally. Simultaneously, she is creating the market demand for ecologically viable alternatives.
Celina de Sola is accelerating community development by tearing down walls between government, business, and community groups, building a new culture of shared responsibility and cross-sector collaboration, rooted in trust.
Andrzej Augustynski is transforming after-school education and social welfare through a system of urban facilities for at-risk children and marginalized youth. His “Siemacha Centres” help youth regain their social skills and self-confidence by encouraging initiative and leadership.
Katarzyna Winkowska-Nowak improves the quality of the education system by engaging teachers and local communities in an online and offline self-empowering community of shared practice in the fields of math and science. Katarzyna uses a combination of information communication technologies (ICT) and offline interaction to equip teachers with new teaching tools, encourage interaction, and illustrate to the community the collaborative effort necessary to educate young people.
Vera Bechynova helps children face difficult domestic situations by empowering families to address their own problems and preserve the family structure. Instead of placing needy children in sub-marginal orphanages or state institutions, she has developed an integrated social system to support families at risk.
Raghda Butros is working in Jordan to engage citizens of all economic classes in local development policies and programs, aimed at fostering a spirit of mutual social responsibility. Through funding from private donors, she is organizing community-driven projects to revitalize the Levant region and decrease Jordan’s dependency on foreign development aid.
Katia Gomez’s program Educate2Envision (E2E) is teaching 12 to 18 year olds in the most rural parts of Honduras to fight poverty from within their own communities. In exchange for secondary-school scholarships, E2E brings together the young people to design and implement (with 120 hours of service a year each) a project to transform their own community’s needs.
Ida Karpinska is redesigning the medical system in Poland to expand the care currently provided to women affected by gynecological cancers. In doing so, Ida is changing the paradigm of women’s health and sexual education in Poland. Ida’s goal is to create a preventive infrastructure that engages medical personnel, legal support, media channels, decision-makers and female patients.
Marian Chwastniewski is introducing a new educational approach in Poland that fosters creativity, open-mindedness and student engagement. He works with teachers in predominantly rural and suburban schools to develop creative teaching methods currently lacking in public school curriculum.
Raphaelle is humanizing intercultural relationships for children. As a start, she is building an empathetic, culturally sensitive generation. In doing so, Raphaelle is breaking the cycle of elitism that is associated with opportunities for geographical mobility, exposure, and intercultural experiences.