SEATTLE, Nov. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Seattle University and the Opus Prize
Foundation today awarded the $1 million Opus Prize to Marguerite "Maggy"
Barankitse for her work providing safe havens to 30,000 child victims of
ethnic strife in Burundi, Africa. Two $100,000 winners also were honored.
Michael Woodard, founder of Jubilee House Community and Center for the
Development of Central America, who has spent 15 years creating
self-sufficiency from poverty in Nicaragua and Krishnammal Jagannathan,
founder of Land for Tillers' Freedom, who has spent 40 years fighting for land
rights and the self-empowerment of women in Tamil Nadu, India.
"Seattle University is clear about its mission: empowering leaders for a
just and humane world," says University President Stephen Sundborg, S.J.
"Bringing these unsung heroes to our campus is a great opportunity to honor
their work and provide our students an incredible educational experience by
meeting inspiring individuals. Something is coming about from our students
being global citizens and reaching out across the world to reach other people.
My vision is that our students learn their own humanity through knowing more
Barankitse founded Maison Shalom in 1993 as a home for 25 children
orphaned after a violent attack by ethnic Tutsis, and the organization has
grown into a multi-service agency helping to heal and support young people and
families. Today, 500 small houses nurture and support children so they may be
reintegrated into loving families, and Maison Shalom recently opened a
Woodard has reinvigorated lagging economies in Ciudad Sandino, Nicaragua
and surrounding areas through education, micro-credit, agriculture and
technology initiatives, Jagannathan has elevated the social status and
acceptance of the Dalits -- some of the India's poorest residents -- through
housing and farmland provisions and negotiated land subsidies with the Indian
"We are thrilled to be recognizing and supporting three amazing
entrepreneurs for their transforming, faith-driven work throughout the world,"
says Amy Sunderland, executive director of the Opus Prize Foundation. "These
individuals show us that change is possible. They are an inspiration to us
For more information, visit http://www.seattleu.edu/opusprize or
About Seattle University
Seattle University, founded in 1891, is a Jesuit Catholic university
located on 48 acres on Seattle's Capitol Hill. More than 7,500 students are
enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs within eight schools. U.S.
News and World Report's "Best Colleges 2009" ranks Seattle University among
the top 10 universities in the West that offer a full range of masters and
About the Opus Prize Foundation
The Opus Prize is given annually to recognize unsung heroes of any faith
tradition, anywhere in the world, solving today's most persistent social
problems. Opus Prize winners combine a driving entrepreneurial spirit with an
abiding faith to combat seemingly intractable global issues. The Opus Prize
Foundation is a private, independent philanthropy established by the Opus
Group, a national real estate development company. The prize is awarded
through a partnership with a university or college as a way to inspire lives
of service. The Opus Prize Foundation does not accept unsolicited nominations.Related medicine news :1
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