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    Pisit Chansnoh is demonstrating how local wisdom and traditional fishing techniques can reclaim degraded coastal wetlands and improve the way of life for poor fishermen and their families. His program assists them in organizing to protect their fishing grounds and in devising strategies to increase their earning power.

    Francesco Cammarano has created a student-to-student didactic model in dental health and hygiene in order to lower the high incidence of dental diseases, promote prevention and education over costly treatment, and form youth leaders to teach other students and their communities the techniques of sound dental health.

    Javier Arévalo hopes to revolutionize the Peruvian education system—improving reading comprehension among children by making the experience pleasurable for kids and parents, by sparking an interest in literature. Javier’s three-part strategy works with schools, the national publishing industry, and the public policy agenda to overhaul the entire structure of reading education.

    Mohammad Ibrahim Sobhan, the first Ashoka Fellow in Bangladesh, launched an innovative organization called the Association for School Based Education (ASBE) that is improving rural primary education for Bangladeshi children attending government, non-government and community schools.

    Sachidanand Bharati, a key Chipko activist and environmental crusader, is organizing women into groups of green police, the Mahila Mangal Dals, to create and manage "forests of water" in the drought hit Himalayas. His water management system combines traditional methods found throughout India with new, homegrown techniques and aims to halt the famine and degradation of forest lands in the Himalayan region through locally initiated and managed conservation programs.

    Joe Williams learned from experience that social isolation often drives former offenders back into lives of crime. He has introduced a program to address ex-offenders’ unique emotional needs through established social networks.

    In the late 1980s, as many as 60,000 Sri Lankan citizens “disappeared” in a wave of abductions, torture, and extrajudicial killings by state agents. Though the political climate of the country has since improved, society remains silent about the killings, stifling any chance of justice for the victims and stunting the entire field of human rights.

    Maria Keita is reinventing adult basic education as a means not only to "transfer skills" but also to affirm indigenous knowledge and the oral tradition.

    Asok Prasanson, after escaping a drug lord in Burma as a boy and a Bangkok chemical company threatening him for organizing a worker protest over unsafe conditions as a young man, settled in his native rural northeast. There he has pioneered a new approach to financing and organizing village development through the Buddhist wats.

    Rosario García y Santos has established a national organization that is helping rural women throughout Uruguay enhance their status, improve their quality of life, and find alternatives to urban migration.