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Georgina Gutiérrez first confronted the horror of HIV when her husband was diagnosed with the virus in 1988, but it was only when he was sent to prison four years later that she became aware of the sub-human way in which infected prisoners are dealt with in Mexican penitentiaries. Since then she has been developing the first program in Latin America to combine treatment and rehabilitation for HIV patients who are incarcerated.
Gerardo, appalled by the lack of productive alternatives the "street" provides, is spearheading a program where street children can create and direct their own future.
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.
Two-thirds of children in developing countries suffer from vitamin and mineral deficiencies—so-called “hidden hunger.” Through grassroots mothers’ groups that provide essential health education, Stan Zlotkin is building a global network for distributing “Sprinkles,” a unique form of nutrition that enables families to inexpensively fortify many different foods.
Starting in Poland, Krystyna Zytecka is changing the way domestic violence is handled by building alliances with the police and other authorities, creating centers that ensure the safety and confidentiality of victims, and shifting the focus from the perpetrator to the victim and the victim’s needs and rights.
Aleida Calleja is democratizing Mexico’s electronic media as part of a larger effort to give voice to civil society and empower the Mexican people. By building a strong network of community radio stations, training and consulting with them on digital technology, establishing legal recognition for the stations, and working to reform public media policy, Aleida hopes to revitalize the rights to information and freedom of speech protected in Mexico’s Constitution.
Abelardo Palma Molina has developed a new educational methodology that guarantees students master both their native language and Spanish, by offering material adapted to a community’s context and needs. His strategy encourages communities and students to actively participate in the design and enrichment of the program, while maintaining the communities’ values, history, and traditions.
Jessica Clogg is introducing a new approach to land preservation that incorporates both the practical and spiritual knowledge of First Nations people and Western legal codes. Through an attentive process she is empowering First Nations to articulate their ancestral vision for the land and water and translating it into legal tools for sustainable land management.