Mark Hanis had been closely following the news of the conflict in Darfur since it started in 2003. The grandson of four Holocaust survivors, he knew he had to do something.
Every child deserves a safe and secure childhood, and in Thailand there's an organization working to make this a possibility for hundreds of kids. Founded in 1993 by children's rights pioneer, Montri Sintawichai, the Child Protection Foundation is Thailand's first community-based organization that shelters abused children and helps their families - including abusive parents - address the root causes of abuse.
Millard Fuller, the founder of Habitat for Humanity and one of the world's great social entrepreneurs, cultivated the idea of building affordable housing through the Christian ministries and watched it grow to astronomical proportions. Today, the world-renowned organization has built over 300,000 houses across the globe, giving more than 1.5 million people a safe place to call home. Here, the celebrated humanitarian speaks candidly about working to eliminate poverty housing throughout the world.
Krista Cameron dances to the beat of a local drum. This 20 year-old once thought making a difference meant traveling far away to reach people in need. It took one chance encounter with a member of the Changemakers community for her to see that she could take action right in her own town.
A student at Capilano University in North Vancouver, Krista always knew that she wanted to help people. That is what attracted her to Capilano University’s Global Stewardship Program, a two-year Associate of Arts degree dedicated to creating young social entrepreneurs.
The five winners of the Changemakers Innovation Award were selected by a vote of this online community from among 12 finalists that emerged from a competition attracting 99 entries from 39 countries worldwide.