launch an HIV-testing program.
-- YOUNG WONDER - Kayla Cornale, 18, of Burlington, Ontario, Canada, who
developed a musical system to improve communications with her autistic
cousin and other people with the disorder. Kayla's patented system
"Sounds into Syllables" has won top awards at several international
science fairs, captured the attention of autism researchers and is
being tested in several Ontario school districts.
-- CHAMPIONING CHILDREN -Steve Peifer of Kijabe, Kenya, who combated
severe dropout rates in Kenya by ensuring that more than 11,000
children have daily lunches at school and access to computers. Through
these efforts, up to 11,000 children receive daily lunches nine months
out of the year. Food, in combination with the computer labs, has
produced a decrease in the dropout rate in rural Kenya.
-- COMMUNITY CRUSADER -Sister Rosemary Nyirumbe of Gulu, Uganda, who
opened a school in her town to rehabilitate girls devastated by the
Lord's Resistance Army. St. Monica's Girls Tailoring School gives about
300 girls and their babies room, board, an education and vocational
skills free of charge to help them rebuild their lives.
-- DEFENDING THE PLANET -Irania Martinez Garcia of Guantanamo, Cuba, who
has taught hundreds of residents to learn how to grow food efficiently
while using organic and sustainable materials from the local dump and
their own trash. Through Garcia's efforts, pollution declined
considerably in the area, and unemployed citizens have found work
converting dumps into resources that help them improve their quality of
-- FIGHTING FOR JUSTICE - Pablo Fajardo of Lago Agrio, Ecuador, who grew
up in the Amazon and started working at the age of 14 to support his
younger siblings. As he labored
|SOURCE CNN Worldwide|
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