Isabelle and Katherine Adams are working in the playtime of others their ages--Isabelle is 9, Katherine is 6 (making her the youngest Giraffe ever). They're making and selling origami to pay for clean water wells around the world. These two tiny people have raised over $100,000 for that vital cause. They're now working on a kit for other kids who want to follow their lead. Read all about them at www.paperforwater.org.
Former Navy Seal Eric Greitens used his combat pay and invested almost every waking hour in establishing The Mission Continues, a nonprofit that matches US veterans still eager to serve, with communities that can use their devotion and skills. Greitens speaks out nation-wide, reminding all Americans that these vets have something to give. Details are at The Mission Continue's website.
Farai Maguwu is telling the world that the miners in the diamond fields of Zimbabwe are being abused. He's also demanding loudly that the profits from the mines be used to benefit the people of that nation rather than disappearing into unseen hands. He's been imprisoned and he's watched constantly, but his Centre for Natural Resource Governance goes on monitoring the mines and sounding alarms.
The Centre's website will be online in March. Search for it in your browser so you can keep up with Maguwu's work.
Nancy Rivard gave up a fast-track management job at an
sign on as a flight attendant so she could see first-hand what the needs are of people around the world. From her first "mission" of hand-delivering soaps to Bosnian refugees, she's grown an organization, Airline Ambassadors
, whose thousands of volunteers have brought stricken people over $50 million worth of aid. Current focus: training airline staff to recognize trafficking on their flights--and intervene.
Mara Leigh Taylor's life is about America's many thousands of prisoners, about seeing that they get a restart on lives that have gone so badly. Volunteer Taylor goes into prisons to coach inmates in wise decision-making, giving them a new sense of themselves and the lives they can lead when they rejoin society. Taylor's inspired hundreds of others to volunteer, following her lead. Her website is www.gettingoutbygoingin.org
And now the oldest Giraffe commendee ever, Nicholas Winton. In 1939, the then young Brit identified Jewish kids in Czechoslovakia who were in danger of going to death camps. He forged documents, raised money, recruited British families to take the kids in, and got 669 of them on boats to England. Winton never said a word, not even to his wife, who decades later discovered his notebooks about the rescue. Below, you can see him on his much honored 100th birthday. He's now 103. And he's Sir
Nicholas, honored by his nation, his queen and the hundreds of people who now know who to thank that they're alive.