|'No Butts' Measure Inspired by Ingenious Woodbridge Siblings ||'Repair Cafes' reject a 'toss it out' culture ||'Stove Man' videos aim to light a fire ||'The Hunger Games' movie attracts campaigns to fight real-world hunger |
|2013 Torchlight Prize honors |
grass-roots US community groups
|A Powerful Noise promotes the global empowerment of women||A quirky, tiny grass-roots effort backs only 'Awesome' projects ||A rabbi and a Palestinian farmer are neighbors, partners – and friends |
|Ablaye is a talented artist with an ambitious career planned, despite his physical disability.||After Boston Marathon blast, many show kindness to runners ||Albert Baez was a prominent Mexican American physicist and pacifist.||Alex Hill helped to bring medical supplies to a Ugandan village.|
|Alice Baum and her husband Don Burnes left behind their careers to help the homeless.||Alvaro Cogollo uses popular music to entice Colombians to love nature ||Ana Dodson formed Peruvian Hearts to provide Peruvian orphans an education.||Andrew E. Lieberman works to preserve indigenous languages and cultures.|
|Andrew Greene Jr. of Sierra Leone teaches the world|
|Angela Brooks is an architect who works to create sustainable and affordable housing.||Anshu Gupta brings 'clothing for dignity' to India ||Anthony Dale Leanna donates 'Heavenly Hats' to cancer patients under treatment.|
|Antonio Roman-Alcala and Alemany Farm is a gardening activist seeking a sustainable food system.||Apps for Good: technical innovation from the minds and thumbs of disadvantaged youths ||Art Miles Mural Project uses art to create a more peaceful global community. ||Ashley Rhodes-Courter is an advocate for foster children and adoption rights.|
|Azie Morton valued education and gave back to her community.||BAFTA LA brings Shakespeare to life for South LA students.||Barbara Stuart Rabinowitsch was a member of the Laguna Beach Greenbelt and of Ballet Pacifica.||Barefoot College and Microformers shine as innovative power solutions |
|Beau Doherty is the president of Special Olympics Connecticut and the creator of the Unified Sports Program.||Becky Matkov works to preserve Miami's indigenous history.||Bilaal Rajan is the founder of Making Change Now and Canada's child ambassador to UNICEF.||Blake Mycoskie founded TOMS Shoes to bring shoes to children who don't have them.|
|Bob Geldof is known for his anti-poverty work for Africa and is a Nobel Prize nominee.||Bono (Paul Hewson) is a musician, advocate for AIDS victims and a humanitarian.||Brandon Keefe provides books to |
libraries in his
|Brian Cox is the recreation director at South Central Park in Los Angeles who has given hope to the children and neighborhood.|
|Brian Mullaney is the founder of Surgery for the Poor.||Bringing quicker, easier solar power to rural Africa ||Bruce Springsteen is a musician who 'taps the full power of music to tell the real American story'.||Budi and Peggy Soehardi|
Roslin Orphanage provides a loving home to care for displaced and orphaned children in East Timor.
|Bunker Roy has dedicated his life to improving the lives of the rural poor in India.||Cameron Sinclair is the founder of Architecture for Humanity, which brings services to communities in need.||Camila-Batmanghelidjh: Giving London street kids - even teen gang members - a safe (and colorful) home ||Camille Zamora & Monica Yunus are best friends who founded Sing for Hope|
|Canal Futura is a Brazilian television channel which provides access to education.||Catchafire matches talented volunteers with opportunities to serve ||Cesar Chavez was a tireless advocate for migrant farm workers.||Changing the face of aid, literally |
|Charlie Weingarten finds fresh ways to champion selfless acts of philanthropy ||Chelsey Barrios and her peers collected thousands of books to give to Read to Grow.||Chepe Ubaque survived Colombia's mean streets. Now he helps others do the same. ||Chi Nguyen was honored for helping street children in Vietnam.|
|Chief Wilma Mankiller was the first woman to serve as Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation.||Child's Play |
Touring Theater performs worldwide works written by kids.
|Christian Bryan Alexander Harvey visits schools to talk about social justice and how to stop bullying.||Clara Hale was foster mother and founder of the Hale House.|
|Cle Ross is bringing youth baseball back to an inner city ||Clotilde Dedecker provides educational opportunities for girls in Afghanistan. ||Colin Flahive opened a restaurant in China that's a beacon of enlightened management ||Colin Powell is an honored statesman and military leader who continues to serve.|
|Coluche is a French humorist who created an organization to feed the poor||Confronting bullying, one drumbeat at a time ||Connie Siskowski follows her true passion to care for the youngest of the caregivers.||Corinne Almquist volunteers to restore the tradition of gleaning.|
|Craig Kielburger is an activist for childrens' rights and has founded 'Me to We' and 'Free the Children'. ||Dallas Jessup made 'Just Yell Fire' to teach young women to defend themselves ||Dallas mosque feeds the |
hungry at a 'Day of Dignity'
|Dana Reeve was an actress and advocate for the disabled. She was the heroic wife of Christopher Reeve.|
|Danielle Gletow lends a helping hand to children in foster care ||Dave Congdon is a Special Olympics athlete and an inspiration to many facing barriers and difficult times.||David Eads runs FreeGeek Chicago,|
'an Apple Store for the rest of us'
|David Hunt saves lives by teaching|
swimming in Cambodia
|Dennis Chavez was the longest serving Hispanic U.S. Senator.||Dennis Ryan |
and Tara Ann
funds to fight
|Detective Luis Rosa volunteers to make the lives of people with disabilities better.||Devin VanCleave was the Ambassador for a campaign to collect toys for children's hospitals.|
|Diane Challis Davy directs the Laguna Beach Pageant of the Masters.||Diane Luby Lane shows teens how performing poetry can ignite their dreams ||Diners go 'Halfsies' to fight hunger and obesity ||Divine Bradley:|
Team Revolution encourages kids to become involved in their communities and become leaders.
|Dominic Deng Diing, a refugee in the U.S., educates 3,000 children back in South Sudan ||Doug Miller Is an iconic artist and musician in Laguna Beach, Calfifornia.||Dr. Ed Gragert works towards peace and global education.||Dr. Ella Mae Piper helped young people and the elderly in her community of Fort Myers.|
|Dr. Felton Earls treats communities through his work.||Dr. Fred Barnett is a wise and compassionate pediatrician known for his caring ways.||Dr. Govindappa Venkataswamy cares for the eyes of millions of people in India.||Dr. Larry Thomas is the founder of the Tropical Health Alliance Foundation.|
|Dr. Madan Kataria has started a revolution of joy and laughter that is spreading around the world.||Dr. Philip Zimbardo - Psychologist has created the Heroic Imagination Project to foster the belief that we are all heroes in waiting.||Ed Grant is passionate about helping others better their lives.||Efren Penaflorida helped create Dynamic Teen Company |
|Elizabeth Daley has created an outstanding multi media educational program that serves as a model for the world.||Elizabeth Glaser created the Pediatric AIDS Foundation.||Elizaveta Glinka: 'Dr. Liza' heads a free clinic that helps Moscow's homeless and hopeless ||Ellen Lee DeGeneres is a comedienne and advocate for disadvantaged children, animals, and cancer survivors.|
|Emily Pozo created ICE to assist and educate residents of the Galapagos Islands||Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah rode a bike across Ghana to challenge the stigma of being disabled.||Engineers Without Borders are working to change the world.||Eric Maddox breaks bread - and barriers - one virtual dinner at a time |
|Eric Samuel established Community Food Enterprise to reduce food poverty in East London. ||Erica Fernandez gave a voice to the voiceless and saved her neighborhood.||Eunice Kennedy Shriver dedicated her life to raising awareness and creating opportunities for the intellectually disabled.||Fabiola Cabeza de Baca Gilbert made tremendous advancements in food safety in the American Southwest|
|Fambul Tok is a community reconciliation program that means 'Family Talk'.||Favio Chavez makes music out of garbage.||FilmAid International educates, informs and to brings hope and joy to thousands of refugees.||Five microcredit programs innovate to break the cycle of poverty |
|Five poverty-fighting women to watch ||Five reasons to serve others ||For Boston Marathon's charity runners, resolve and camaraderie unshaken ||Frances Moore Lappe is a passionate and pioneering thinker, world changer, and activist in many movements.|
|Franco Majok fled Sudan - but returned to build a school ||Fred Batley gives young and aspiring actors and actresses a chance to shine.||Friends of the Sea Lion rescue, treat, and release these mammals back into the ocean.||From gangs to gardens: Community agriculture transforms a San Francisco neighborhood |
|Funkor Child Art Center workds with many national and international organizations around the world to provide children with art and books.||Games for change: How digital fun is becoming a way to better the world ||Geoffrey Canada is an educator, social activist and president of the Harlem Childrens Zone in New York.||Ginger Passarelli is a good |
Samaritan with a soup ladle
|Girls for Gender Equity, Inc. encourages girls to live self-determined and healthy lives and to contribute to their community.||Gleaning for good: an old idea is new again ||Global Kids Leaders volunteer|
to help their
|GoodGuide and others use technology to help turn consumers green |
|Grace Lee Boggs has advocated for marginalized people for over 70 years||Greg Mortenson persevered to build a school in a remote village in Pakistan.||Guillermo Ojeda-Lajud is a Mexican teacher who helps his students gain filmmaking skills to make a statement about their environment.||Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill Cleanup Team work hard to return the Gulf to a healthy state.|
|Hany El-Miniawy is an Egyptian architect who uses architecture to help alleviate poverty.||Harvey Milk was the first openly gay politician and worked to gain equal rights for the LGBT community.||Hazviperi Betty Makoni founded the Girl Child Network to transform lives.||Heather Martina's Aunt Heather leaves everything to help others.|
|Heather DeWitt is a devoted conservationist.||Hector Morales teaches students to be self-sufficient environmentalists.||Helping New Orleans make a comeback is her personal passion ||Henry Red Cloud: a solar warrior |
for native America
|Herb Alpert is a musician and artist who inspires young people to reach their potential.||Holly Carter gives kids and others the tools to tell their stories.||Hortense Miller created a botanical garden on her hillside property and bequeathed it to her town of Laguna Beach.||Howard Buffett seeks lasting solutions to the world's food and water crises |
|Humanitarian Hero Abdul Sattar Edhi|
is Pakistan's Mother Teresa
|Ikal Angelei: A Kenyan woman stands up against a massive dam project ||In Nelson Mandela's village of Qunu, |
prayers and well-wishes
D'nA eBus Project bring tools of expression to juvenille hall.
|Is Rio de Janeiro the world's first 'smart' city? ||J.A. and Geraldine Reynolds Founded 'Bruce's Garden' in NYC which honors Bruce, a victim of 9/11.||Jack Sim has started a worldwide campaign for clean public toilets and better sanitation standards.||Jacob & Isaac Seigel-Boettner film stories of how bicycles can change lives for the better.|
|Jacob Komar and |
Computers for Communities refurbishes computers and helps inner city residents obtain IT skills.
|Jacqueline Edelberg believes every child deserves a great neighborhood public school||Janet Miller is a teacher who stepped up to prevent bullying of LGBT students.||Jeneece Edroff is a determined fundraiser who raises money to help children with serious illnesses.|
Unite for Sight works to improve eye health and eliminate preventable blindness worldwide.
|Jessie Christopherson helps the physically and mentally challenged accomplish things they never thought possible. ||Jim Dilley was the founder of the Laguna Beach Greenbelt.||Jimmy Woodard helps community groups with his knowledge of media and technology|
|Joe Brown gave up |
his ocean front
home and created
a park for everyone.
|Johann Olav Koss: Right To Play is a Norwegian Olympian who founded Right to Play||John Denver was an American songwriter/singer and activist for the environment.||John Ferguson spreads goodwill for America through the power of music |
|John Tighe inspired his neighbor with his big heart and the way he cared for people in their community.||John Wood founded Room to Read, which works to increase literacy and educational gender equality in developing countries.||Jon Rose founded Waves for Water, which works on the front-line to provide clean water.||Jorge Munoz prepares and delivers meals to the hungry in Queens, New York.|
|Josee Sutton helps girls learn to read and is a caring role model to those in her girl scout troup.||Joseph Marcel Shook Jr. is a compassionate community leader and a hero to his son, Joseph.||Josh Vander Vies is a determined and amazing athlete.||Josue and Chrismedonne Lajeunesse work together to provide access to clean water for their village of La Source, Haiti.|
|Joze Pleenik was an architect from Slovenia who made his community beautiful.||Julie Garner founded Project Yellow Light to help save lives.||Julie Leven brings classical music to homeless shelters ||Karen Tse is an attorney dedicated to ensuring basic legal rights for Asian citizens.|
|Kathryn Cunningham founded the nonprofit 'Power Up Gambia' to provide solar energy to the hospitals and clinics.||Kathy Eldon inspired by her son, works for peace and tolerance.||Katie Simon founded Minga to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of young children.||Kennedy Odede grew his childhood dream of creating outreach centers for poor children like him.|
|Kimmie Weeks survived the war in Liberia and now works to rebuild communities in war-torn countries.||Kjerstin Erickson|
and Forge help refugees in Africa achieve economic self-sufficiency and empowerment through education.
|Kyoko Okutani helps women start businesses, skirting Japan's gender gap ||L'Abbe Pierre devoted his life to helping the poor and homeless in France.|
|Latino Environmental Activists are shaping an urban agenda with smog, foul water among priorities.||Len Stanmore mixes adventure with helping others ||Leonard Abess is known for his generosity to others and commitment to caring for the environment.||Lisa Markham is a passionate and committed volunteer to the Special Olympics.|
|Lisa Nigro works to help the homeless in Chicago through the Inspiration Cafe.||Liz Squibb knows how to help foster children - she was one herself ||Ludomatica offers technology and |
to disadvantaged Colombian youth
|Luis Soriano Bohorquez started the Biblioburro Library in the mountains of Colombia.|
|Lula Mae Walker has been a foster parent to 300 kids.||Lyndon Harris: People Making a Difference founded The Gardens of Forgiveness Project.||MacGillivray Family founded the non-profit MacGillivray Freeman Films Educational Foundation||Magic Johnson inspires others with his basketball talents and philanthropic work.|
|Major Moogy Sumner is an aboriginal Ngarrindjeri elder who understands the importance of preserving and passing on his culture.||Malaria Campaign 2009 Students join together to eradicate malaria.||Malika Sanders was born into the Civil Rights Movement and continues work today.||Marcia Levitas co-founded an art endeavor which raises funds for cancer research and education.|
|Marisol Lizelle Salvador lost her brother, but found a life - helping kids in the Philippines ||Mary Lou Naso & Harry visit hospitals to spread smiles.||Matthew Cohen raised $5000 for the Solar Oven Project for the people of Haiti.||Maura Welch was recognized by NetAid for her work to spread awareness about child labor.|
|Maxine Waters is a Congresswoman who works fervently for her community.||Mika Vanhanen is the founder and director of Environment Online, a global virtual school for sustainable development.||Millard and Linda Fuller founded Habitat for Humanity.||Mister Rogers television host, teacher and kindly neighbor to generations of children.|
|MIT Open Courseware Project makes education accessible worldwide by offering free MIT courseware online.||Mohamed Sidibay is a youth reporter who is committed to making a difference in the world.||Molly's Film|
The Story of a Young Filmmaker is the winner of the 8th Annual MY HERO Film Festival.
|Mory Sanberg makes bag lunches for the homeless people in her city.|
|Mrs. Nirmala |
and the Eradication
of Malaria Project are working in India to educate the public.
|Muhammad Yunus started a bank for poor people in Bangladesh. ||National Day of Service calls on Americans to help others ||Navyn Salem manufactures success by helping to feed the world's hungry |
|Nawaraj Baskota is working to improve the education of the poorest children in Nepal.||Nick Vujicic went from a life without limbs to a life without limits.||Nicole Dewing and|
Curtis McCormack joined the Peace Corps and started a waste recycling project in Joal, Senegal.
|Oklahoma City tornado: more ways to help |
|Olga Murray found a second career educating the children of Nepal ||On International Women's Day: 12 innovations that are lifting women out of poverty ||OPEN VISION YOUTH PROJECT strives to provide technology to students in Uganda.||Our Hero|
Barack Obama instills inner city youth with confidence to get involved and make a difference.
|Pam Smith-Rodden helped turn a dream into a reality for an author and a community.||Park, Won-Soon advocates a stronger Democracy for South Korea.||Patrons praise restaurant staff near Boston Marathon blast ||Paul Cummins has devoted his career to finding ways to provide all children equitable access to a quality education.|
|Paul J. Adams III is a passionate educator who built a nationally renowned prep school for African American students.||Peace It Together empowers youth to promote peace.||Pedal = Sight tells how a bicycle can change a life.||Pete Carroll is a successful coach who founded A Better LA to help gang members live a better life and plug into their communities.|
|Photo Essay of Boston Marathon aftermath - Christian Science Monitor ||Pierre Toussaint was a former slave who was beloved for his charitable works.||Playing For Real Reggie McBride & Mark Johnson make Peace through Music with Playing for Change- ||Police Chief Richard Lamunyon founded the Special Olympics Law Enforcement Torch Run Program.|
|Powering Potential puts technology in schools in Tanzania while respecting local cultures ||President Obama's address for Inauguration 2013 ||Puppies Behind Bars benefits both inmates and dogs.||Queen Noor passionately works for peace, human rights, and wildlife conservation.|
|Queen Rania of Jordan is a crusader for the rights of women and children. ||Question Box helps people Google can't reach ||R. Sargent Shriver 1915 - 2011 |
Outstanding Public Servant
Remembered for Directing The Peace Corps
|Ralf Hotchkiss is an engineer, inventor and humanitarian, and the founder of Whirlwind Wheelchair International. |
|Ralph Walter Perdue helped found the Fairbanks Native Association, advocating for local natives.||Ramani Sankaranarayanan |
and Geeta Vaidyanathan founded CTxGrEn to show villagers how to turn native materials into fuel for electricity.
|Ravi Gulati has created learning centers for children with special needs in India.||Rhonda Alvarez Licona is the founder of Dream Catchers.|
|Richard Avery is a beloved Scoutsmaster who has volunteered at home and overseas.||Richard Proudfit founded Kids Against Hunger to feed starving children around the world.||Rick Hansen broke boundaries and records as a disabled athlete.||Roberto Saviano wrote a best selling book denouncing organized crime.|
|Robin Lim devotes her life to improving the birth experience so that all humans are born with an intact capacity to love.||Rose Marie Thomas donated time and effort to combatting childhood catastrophic diseases.||Rosemarie L. Poeppelman is a foster mom and an adoptive parent who has changed the lives of many children.||Roxanne J. Coady has a love of books that has enhanced the community and brought literature into the lives of thousands of families.|
Mercado Global works to help poor communities that have seen the collapse of prices for their locally grown crops.
|Sabriye Tenberken helps to educate and better the lives of blind people living in Tibet.||Saeed Awan developed a new carpet loom that reduces child labor in Pakistan.||Sally Sampson makes cooking|
fun to fight childhood obesity
|Sam Hawkins opened a shoe factory |
to give ex-cons a second chance
|Samaritan's Purse helps feed those in need worldwide ||Samuel Mockbee is an architect and teacher who builds homes for the poor.||Sandra Kay Yow is a groundbreaking women's basketball coach and founder of Kay Yow/WBCA Cancer Fund.|
|Sanjit 'Bunker' Roy encourages villagers to have the confidence to succeed.||Santosh Thorat: After seeing Mumbai's slums bulldozed, he now works to save and restore them ||Sasa a young doctor in Burma keeps his promise to his village.||Scott Harrison found meaning in life by starting charity: water |
|Scott Zabelski found T-shirts were a perfect fit for hurricane Sandy relief ||Seiji Yoshimura rushes to natural disasters to help ||Sergei Abramov's goal: an educational blog that doesn't bore his fellow Russian teens ||Shirley Blair helps bring education to Tibetan children from Nepal.|
|Siavosh Derakhti, a young Muslim, defends Jews and others targeted by hate crimes ||Simon Velez is a prize winning architect who uses sustainable materials.||Sindhu Ravishankar created the Vivid Vision Project to provide accessible eye care to impoverished communities in India.||Sir Elton John is a successful musician who is also a champion of LGBT and AIDS issues.|
|Sister Margaret Scheetz founded Beatitude House for homeless women and children.||Sister Mary Sean Hodges |
gives ex-convicts a second chance
|Skip Blumberg successfully campaigned against City Hall to re-open a section of historic City Hall Park in NYC.||Skye Malik founded the Paco Project to empower those with dyslexia.|
|Soedati Warsito Rasman is a motivated activist for Indonesia's needy.||Solar power: cheap electricity for world's poor ||Somaly Mam has dedicated her life to finding and mentoring children who have suffered from human trafficking.||Special Olympics Tennis: |
Love Regardless of the Score
|Sports to Share teaches teamwork, |
fair play, and tolerance
|Sri Lestari travels by motorcycle to bring an empowering message to disabled people ||Stephen Wade uncovers|
'The Beautiful Music All Around Us'
|Studs Terkel The author who captured the stories of everyday people celebrates his 95th birthday.|
|Tatiana rossman: Books flow from an American teen |
to African schools
|Teach Twice shares stories with the world ||Temple Grandin is a professor, doctor of animal science and an autism activist.||Tendol Gyalzur provides a home and family for Tibetan and Chinese orphans.|
|Terram Foundation brings job growth, community involvement, and local solutions to larger environmental concerns.||Thais Corral gives women a voice in their communities through access to communication technology.||The Community College Foundation eBus brings technology to underserved communities and schools.||The Daffodil Project through the generosity of B&K Bulbs in the Netherlands, brought hope to NYC after 9/11.|
|The Heifer Organization works with communities to end hunger and poverty and to care for the earth.||The Malala Effect: |
5 snapshots of girls'
education in the Muslim world
|The Train Guy - Eric Clemons reflects on how an anonymous hero helped shape his life.||The VH1 Save the Music Foundation is a hero to Libby for its dedication to keep music education in the public schools.|
|They opened their home - and hearts - to South Africa's abandoned babies ||Tiffany Shlain is Director and Founder of the Webby Awards.||To fight hunger, donate 'Just One Can' ||Tony Boursiquot rushed home to Haiti to become a 'defender of the weakest' |
|Tori Degen is a cancer survivor who helps others with MAKE A WISH Foundation||Tri Mumpuni Iskandar builds small hydro plants to bring electricity to Indonesian villages ||Two worlds, one classroom School that Reaches Out to children and families from the nearby slum in India. ||Tyler Russell began a community radio station and goes out of his way to find, promote, and interview indie artists that don't get commercial recognition|
|Typhoon Haiyan: how you can help - and how some US Filipinos already are ||UCLA students dance ′til dawn, raise millions for pediatric AIDS ||Unconventional Charity: Water aims to raise $2 billion for clean water ||US college student Surya Karki builds schools back home in Nepal |
|Using Hollywood to teach people about disaster giving ||Valentina Mindoljevic is a science teacher who helped to provide aid to women and child refugees in Croatia.||Van Jones has found an effective way of addressing environmentalism and social justice by linking both issues.||Versatile engines power up rural African villages |
|Vicky Colbert de Arboleda is a leader in the movement to transform education in Colombia to provide equal access to all children.||Vikas Khanna is a chef, restaurant owner, and humanitarian who uses food to bring together a global community.||Viola Vaughn founded an organization that supports girls working to achieve academic success in Africa.||Visaka Dharmadasa works to ease the horrors of war in Sri Lanka.|
|Volunteers give a 'potential paradise' |
in Puerto Rico a 'mega cleanup'
|Vy Higginsen brings gospel music to at risk teens.||When Tom McNichol saw swirling |
trash he launched his Clean Up Boat
|William Henry Gates III co-founder of Microsoft, is devoted to humanitarian causes around the world.|
|William Kamkwamba designed and built a windmill, at the age of 14, for his family in Malawi, Africa.||World Water Day 2012: Two innovations for purifying water ||Wyland is an internationally recognized artist and marine life conservationist.||Young@Heart is a chorus of senior citizens that sings classic rock and pop songs.|
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|Zack's Place provides enrichment programs to special needs pre and post graduates.||Zainab Rezai leads her community towards progress.|| || |