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Víctor Hugo Palliaroli invented a methodology to develop the personalities and individuality of Mexico's poor working children and help them to grow into healthy citizens.
Mireya Vargas has created the first nonprofit management and training center in Venezuela which aims to help local nongovernmental organizations deliver their services more efficiently and effectively.
Shaun Loney is using economic solutions based in the creation of local environmentally-friendly economies to bring employment and prosperity to Aboriginal peoples in Canada. He is targeting and engaging those most vulnerable to unemployment and supporting them to establish green solutions to pressing community problems.
Janina Mironczuk is creating a space in society for the long-term care of apallic patients. Having recognized apallic patients as an underserved group in the Polish health care system, Janina is building a nationwide system of care for patients in a vegetative state that includes new treatment methods, professional training, support to families of apallic patients, and awareness building.
Katarzyna Batko-Tołuć is promoting transparency and civic engagement at the local level as key ingredients in a democratic society. She is transforming the relationship between citizens and local governments by facilitating dialogue between both parties and promoting the shared benefits of this new relationship.
Marek Lagodzinski is introducing a new approach to prisoner rehabilitation that helps prisoners reconnect with their families and with life outside prison well before they finish their sentences. His Slawek Foundation provides practical job training and placement for prisoners and ex-prisoners, but more importantly, psychological support and motivation to begin new lives and stay out of prison.
Pawel is at the forefront of the effort to raise the quality of foster family care in Poland by launching the first national Polish foster family movement. Pawel's "by choice" foster families are an alternative to the dominant "by continuation" system in which foster care is provided by members of the same dysfunctional family. To combat the drastic housing shortage faced by foster families, Pawel is setting up a unique framework of "house banks".
Blanca Villaseñor established the first program in Mexico focusing on youth migration. Her Desert Youth Shelter provides a safe harbor for youth deportees from the United States, helps them to earn enough money to return home and conducts path-breaking research, human rights defense and advocacy for policy reform on youth migration.
Hisham El Roubi provides young adults with more and better volunteer and job opportunities, allowing them to develop technical and leadership skills early on, pursue rewarding careers, and contribute to social and economic advances.
Piotr Pawlowski is pioneering Poland's first serious disability mainstreaming and public education effort. He is doing so through structured workshops in secondary schools, targeted at teenagers and educators. He is also setting up the country's first resource center for newly disabled people and their families in order to ease the first pangs of sorrow and confusion with reassurance and practical advice.