was 7 and shy when he decided he had to do something for kids whose lives were disrupted by war. Overcoming his fears,
he raised over 15 thousand dollars
for children in Sudan, Liberia and Iraq.
Four years ago, at age 8, Alice Darrow
was so moved by the plight of tsunami survivors that she had to help.
She started a small business and is still turning its profits over to
relief agencies, making her products
and shipping orders in the playtime of others.
gives a thousand percent to his job
as a fifth-grade teacher at an enormous school in Los Angeles.
Thanks to his commitment, inspiration and creativity, his "at-risk" students achieve way beyond the norms, doing serious math,
reading great books and performing Shakespeare.
Pharmacologist Victoria Hale
walked away from a secure, high-paying career in the bio-tech industry
to start the first-ever nonprofit pharmaceutical company, dedicating it
to getting effective remedies to the world's poor.
, diplomat, strategist, combat
gave up a promising career in diplomacy when he resigned
to protest the cost in lives and dollars of
"the US involvement in a 35-year-old civil war."
Robert Hurlbut created and sustains Rainier Scholars
a nonprofit that puts 60 poor kids a year
into a tough college prep program.
an elected member of the Afghan Parliament, has been so outspoken for
the rights of her countrywomen that she receives constant death threats
and must be ever on the move.
couldn't afford to
go to school
but he haunted the library in his Malawi village,
teaching himself how to supply wind-powered electricity
to his entire village.
Entomologist James Iredell Moss
blew the whistle
on a combination of chemicals that were being used
by the military and could be causing
Gulf War Syndrome in US forces.
a plastic surgeon, could be catering to the cosmetic concerns of Sri
Lanka's wealthy. Instead she runs a burn center for the poor, repairing
injuries caused by cooking fires, acid assaults and self immolations. (Photo by Giraffe Phil Borges)
Ruth Riffle teaches teens who have severe mental and
physical disabilities, going far beyond her official responsibilities
to help them become independent.
For the last 7 years Max Wallack
has been using his allowance and all his free time to invent products
that help refugees, the elderly, disaster victims and the homeless. Max