Stories of Heroism
Meet Ann Cotton. During a trip to Zimbabwe in 1990, Ann Cotton realized that Africa would never conquer poverty and disease unless its women were educated.By selling baked goods, she raised enough money to send 32 girls to school then founded her own organization.
Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful U.S. businessman when a devastating flood in Mozambique prompted his return to Africa. While helping with relief efforts, he saw how difficult it was to get medicines to those in need.
Dorothy Stoneman joined the civil rights movement and lived in Harlem for 20 years. Seeing abandoned buildings, homeless people and idle youths moved her to start YouthBuild to create a positive future for low-income young people.
A former public defender and ordained minister, Karen Tse moved to Cambodia in 1994 to train public defenders. After witnessing many violations of the rights of citizens, she founded International Bridges to Justice to promote systemic global change.
Meet Martin Burt. After studying in Spain and the United States, Martin Burt returned to Paraguay in 1985 and started an innovative microcredit program.
Rodrigo Baggio founded a successful technology consulting company while still in school in Rio de Janeiro, eager to erase the digital divide and help disadvantaged people use technology to improve their communities and their lives.
Taddy Blecher was ready to emigrate from South Africa when he took a second look at his native country. “I saw aching poverty,” he said, and he made a life-changing decision to do something about it. In 1999 he and his colleagues opened CIDA.
In the year 2000 Victoria Hale launched the Institute for OneWorld Health, a nonprofit pharmaceutical company that develops drugs and vaccines for diseases that primarily affect developing countries
Wesley Autry describes his heroic spur of the moment decision to jump onto a subway platform to save a fallen person.