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Congratulations to Our Hero Award Winners!

21st May 2015

Announcing the Winners of Our One Billion Acts of Peace Hero Awards!

We are thrilled to formally announce the winners of our One Billion Acts of Peace Campaign Hero Awards. The immense contributions from our participants’ demonstrate the new generation of young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world around them.

These award-winning submissions serve as an example and an inspiration to people around the world, and demonstrate what can be done to address the challenges in our own communities.

We encourage you to view videos of the winners and read more about their stories here: http://www.1billionacts.org/hero-awards/

Winners will be officially recognized at the Hero Award ceremony on June 14, 2015 in Monte Carlo. This year’s award ceremony will be hosted by Nobel Laureate Adolfo Pérez Esquivel of Argentina — a hero himself who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1980 for his leadership in human rights and democracy for the people of Latin America.

We have also invited each of the winners to blog about their experience, and inspirations for their projects. So watch this space.

The winners were selected for demonstrating exemplary public service in five categories:

  • Best Youth Act: Ghana Health Campaign
    • The goal is to help eradicate cholera in West Africa through community-based actions. Participating youth showed tremendous courage in the face of huge risk to make a monumental difference in West Africa.

  • Best Business Act: WoofTrax: Walk for a Dog
    • A community based mobile app that raises funds for local animal shelters. The group’s socially conscious model and innovative technology offers a successful role model for businesses.

  • Best Non-Profit Act: ASANA
    • The goal is to preserve the natural ecosystems of Costa Rica. Local citizens took a comprehensive and hyper-local approach to protect the environment.

  • Best University Act: Stratford University
    • Students aimed to address extreme poverty within their own communities. College students created an Annual Backpack Drive to collect school supplies, which they donated, to more than 50 schools in the area.

  • Best Up and Coming Act: Promotora Mexicana de Valores Deportivos A.C.
    • The group provided much needed medical supplies to those affected by violence in Mexico’s conflict zones. Participants worked hard to address conflict resolution and help heal their local community.

Dawn Engle is the co-founder and executive director of the non-profit organization, the PeaceJam Foundation. The PeaceJam program was launched in February 1996 by co-founders Dawn Engle and Ivan Suvanjieff to provide the Nobel Peace Prize Laureates with a programmatic vehicle to use in working together to teach youth the art of peace. To date, 13 Nobel Peace Laureates, including the Dalai Lama, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Rigoberta Menchú Tum, President Oscar Arias, Adolfo Pérez Esquivel, Mairead Corrigan Maguire, Betty Williams, President José Ramos-Horta, Aung San Suu Kyi, Sir Joseph Rotblat (Emeritus), Leymah Gbowee, Jody Williams, and Shirin Ebadi, serve as members of the PeaceJam Foundation. Engle and the PeaceJam Foundation have been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize fifteen times.[2][3][4] Engle is the co-director of multiple documentaries, including PEACEJAM, and co-author of the book, PeaceJam: A Billion Simple Acts of Peace that was published by Penguin in 2008. She has also directed the award winning documentary films, Mayan Renaissance and Children of the Light, which were the first two films in PeaceJam's Nobel Legacy Film Series.

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