A visit to a poor Thai village alarmed Mr. Akio. Now his Japan-based charity EDF-International helps thousands of children across Southeast Asia.
Over the past decade Libby Weir has adopted a struggling family in South Africa and built them a new home, established vegetable gardens, created a school library, run school vacation activities, and sponsored educational programs for adults.
The award-winning Broadway playwright, director, and producer spent six years carefully preparing exhibits for the new National Center for Civil and Human Rights.
Nuru International fights extreme poverty by handing its projects off to local groups. If Nuru is still around in 30 years, Harriman says, it has failed.
Kids4Peace Boston teaches communication and understanding to 12-year-old Jewish, Christian, and Muslim children from the US, Israel, and the Palestinian territories.
Growing up, Reshma Saujani was terrified of math and science. Now she makes sure other girls don't miss out on opportunities because of similar fears.
She works restore the dignity and rights of women who were used as sex slaves by the Japanese during World War II.
The former inmate, who lives on Chicago's South Side, helps those who've served time to find work and keep out of trouble.
Bob Keesee kept tinkering until he got his homemade rain-catching systems right. Now they collect precious water for Haiti's rural poor.
Camp Patriot prods injured US military veterans to get out and get on with life.
They spun their interest in an old wool mill into an unconventional business that revived a French village.
The conductor is on a mission to bring Estonia’s Russian- and Estonian-speakers together in the way he knows best – through song.
He crisscrosses the country speaking at colleges and on military bases, blending humor, audience participation, and how-to advice to prompt people to think through a sometimes daunting subject – dating.
Boston-based Tech Goes Home provides computer training for inner-city students, the very poor, those with disabilities, seniors, and immigrants.
Boon Lott’s Elephant Sanctuary, a 540-acre reserve in Thailand, is home to elephants saved from a life of misery in the logging and tourism trades.
Her foundation wants to break the cycle of poverty by educating – from kindergarten through college – at least one child in each family.
SongwritingWith:Soldiers provides a healthy emotional outlet. The songs help others facing similar challenges and build a bridge between military service and civilian life.
She advises residents on how to obtain title to a vacant property and defends grass-roots garden projects threatened by development.
The We Women Foundation provides women in Myanmar (formerly Burma) with access to higher education. The goal: become leaders in their communities.
Breakthrough, the human rights organization she created, calls on people, particularly boys and men, to stop domestic violence wherever they see it.
Homemade biodigesters turn human and food waste into biogas, which can be used to heat water, cook food, or produce electricity.
Her Sunrise Children's Village in Cambodia helps children who are 'abused, discarded, neglected, unloved, unwanted' to grow up to be whatever they want to be.
The Peace Crane Project is an invitation to kids everywhere to write a poem or message – or draw or paint a picture – of peace. Then they fold it into an origami crane and fly it to the world.
The athlete-adventurer co-founded a relay run called One Run for Boston that started in Los Angeles and ended at the marathon finish line to raise funds for victims.
She's chief executive of Endeavor Global, a nonprofit group that gives a leg up to budding entrepreneurs.