"Please try to respect the youth. They are the ones who are going to build the next generation."
November 26, 2010 7:49 AM Subscribe
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Now in its fourth year, CNN Heroes
highlights and rewards "Everyday People Changing the World." This year's Hero of the Year (chosen by public poll) is Anuradha Koirala
, whose group Maiti Nepal
has rescued more than 12,000 women and girls from sex slavery along the India / Nepal border since 1993
Koirala will receive $100,000 to continue her work with Maiti Nepal, in addition to the $25,000 awarded to each of the top 10 Heroes honored.
Last year's Hero, Efren Peñaflorida
, "was honored for creating mobile "pushcart classrooms," carts stocked with books, chalkboards and other supplies, that bring education to poor children in the Philippines
. Since 1997, he and more than 12,000 teenage volunteers have taught basic reading and writing skills to more than 1,800 children living on the streets." The linked article also notes that winning the award raised public awareness, helped fund an educational facility and: "With Peñaflorida's consultation, the pushcart classroom model started by his nonprofit organization, Dynamic Teen Company, has been replicated more than 50 times by different organizations and institutions across the Philippines."