PADOX | KENYA
Padox has been called the patron saint of Kibera, and that’s an appropriate name. He intimately knows the difficulties of life in Nairobi’s largest slum. He’s a father, husband, student, educator, and an avid advocate for his community. Seeing the struggle that so many families have to give their children an opportunity to learn, Padox started the Seed Academy primary school and now educates over 100 young children. At the school, they receive a healthy meal (and for many that is often their only meal), a basic education to prepare them for exams to qualify for secondary education, and above all, hope for their future. Padox is working with Cultivate to better sustain the school and offer free education to more children, as well as other community efforts in rural communities in western Kenya.
MARTINHO | MOZAMBIQUE
Martinho is a pastor, educator, and leader for his people. He leads community outreach to slums in Maputo and surrounding villages. Through the outreach, he provides education and skill training to orphans, vulnerable children, and girls who have been sexually violated, and to families who are forced to rummage city dumps in order to scavenge food and a means of living. Martinho is working with Cultivate to create projects that train and mobilize people and communities with a focus on justice, freedom, peace, human and child rights.
CUAUHTÉMOC | MEXICO
Cuauhtemoc is impressive. Cuau is a talented mathematician who saw that he couldn’t rely on the Mexican public-school system to help him achieve success. While still in the 7th grade, he started a community program to help children like himself find hope for their future and the opportunities that lead to success. Now he runs a program that helps over 100 primary children learn and excel in math through summer programs, tutoring, and participation in regional and national competitions, and offers these children a path to jobs and universities. Cuau is working with Cultivate to learn how to financially sustain this program so that soon they can work with hundreds of children across Mexico.
DIGNA | PHILIPPINES
Digna is strong and tenacious. She's intelligent, hardworking, and knows what she wants from life. She has a doctorate in cultural studies and education and is working with Cultivate to develop an arts and music program for the youth of the Igorot people group, who know little of their cultural history, in order to preserve their rich culture and ensure that future generations will know more about their culturally-rich past.
SAM | LIBERIA
Sam is a pastor, he is a published author, and he is also a hardworking man who has a heart to break the yoke of poverty in his community. His organization, Liberian Initiatives for Poverty Reduction (LIPOR), serves youth in the community by offering them basic skills in tailoring, management, customer service, catering, computer science, soap making, and many other means to empower them financially.
JAMES | HAITI
James is a young and ambitious man who will do anything to help his fellow Haitians. He has dedicated his life to fight against the lack of adequate food in his home community of Lafiteau, Haiti. His feeding program, Action for Compassion Ministries, feeds children, the elderly, and the widows of his community.
FRANKLINE | KENYA
At 26 years old, Frankline wants to cultivate change and bring help to children infected by HIV/AIDS in his community. Through Restoring Hope Ministries, his charitable organization, he is giving a hand of hope through child care, education, and vocational training to children who are marginalized and oppressed by the community for their disease. His orphanage and school for children who have HIV/AIDS offers them opportunities that no one else does. His efforts focus on not only caring for these children, but integrating them into a society that often shuns them.
JUSTINE | KENYA
Justine is the President of Africa Alliance for Health, Research and Economic Development (AAHRED), a Kenyan organization fighting to harness the potential of communities to help themselves, assume control of their own development and improve their standard of living through poverty eradication and the prevention of diseases.
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