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    Alexander Chisango is building a grassroots socio-economic movement in Zimbabwe on the basis that the family should be placed at the center of thinking and action for socio-economic progress, and that sustained equality between the sexes is the core of the secure family.

    Lars Stein addresses the challenges faced by students who want to pursue their higher education and who do not receive government financial support in Switzerland and across Europe. Through studienaktie.org, education is an investment rather than a cost burden. With this paradigm shift, Lars promotes a national change in policies for the allocation of public financial support for education.

    In the United States, the child welfare system was set up to protect the interests of young children, not to raise teens to adulthood. By preparing teens in foster care to be their own advocates, Betsy is helping them envision and achieve a brighter future. Once they can change their own prospects for life beyond foster care, they can change the system itself.

    Seizing the opportunity posed by a nation-wide curriculum reform, Peter Volmink is working to introduce effective instruction about human rights in South African schools. As a member of an advisory committee and related task forces that are helping the Department of Education construct and implement the new curriculum, Peter has won the necessary approvals for the inclusion of a human rights component.

    Dr. Pam Cantor is working to reengineer public schools to respond to the recurring challenges of teaching and learning that stem from the traumatic impact of poverty.

    As government recognizes it cannot possibly fulfill its pledge of affordable housing without going bankrupt first, Andrea Bolnick is demonstrating a new approach to providing “dwellings with dignity” to South Africa’s most vulnerable. Through active community engagement, Andrea is able to firmly place slum dwellers in the driver’s seat and bring about needed renovations to their homes.

    Jean-François is combating hunger and introducing healthy eating by substantially modifying the food consumption chain. He is identifying and empowering the most critical key players, chefs, to become leaders in food redistribution and in educating children and youth in healthy cooking. As a result, and through his innovative logistics system, huge quantities of previously wasted food are now distributed efficiently to under served populations.

    Working in villages in southern Thailand, Samart Sakawee has developed a novel savings group that not only creates new economic opportunities for its members, but also cultivates the central values of civil society–good governance, transparency, and participation–from the village-up.

    In the face of Zimbabwe's contracting economy and declining public services, Godfrey Mureriwa is organizing and training young people to find their own solutions and create their own ventures in order to develop sustainable livelihoods.

    Mitch Besser has developed a groundbreaking program to support programs that prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV by encouraging mothers living with HIV to become peer educators and provide support to similarly affected pregnant women and new mothers.