- Heroes and Heroism in "Terrorism"
- Comparing and Contrasting Heroes (MyHero.com)
The purpose of this lesson is: "To identify qualities and characteristics that go into making someone a hero and the values and choices common to all heroes." 7-05
- Heroes and Heroism (Ima Hero)
Provides 8 lesson plans exploring heroism. 8-01
- Lessons on Heroes (MyHero.com)
Provides over a dozen lessons. Includes: What is a Hero? Who are Heroes? and Heroic Actions. 7-05
- Reading My Hero Stories (MyHero.com)
Includes pre-reading and post-reading activities. 7-05
- Using My Hero to Promote Peacemaking (MyHero.com)
"The primary goal of this lesson is to help students learn how to become involved in peace missions and translate this awareness into action. By identifying peacemaker heroes and participating in an activity that promotes peace in their community, students will learn that they, too, can impact the world and make a difference." 7-05
- Aung Suu Kyi Resources (Wu)
Provides over a dozen resources. 6-02
- Heroes and Heroism (Awesome Library)
Provides information on heroes and heroism related to terrorism, primarily related to the September 11 attack against the United States. 2-03
- Nobel Peace Prize Laureates - Listed Alphabetically
Provides information on each of the Nobel Peace Prize winners, going back to 1901.
- Nobel Peace Prize Laureates - Listed By Year
Provides information on each of the Nobel Peace Prize winners, starting with 1997.
- CNN Heroes (CNN News)
Provides summaries of their work, in their own words. 11-09
- Enduring Heart Award (ABC News)
"An Afghan woman whose nose was cut off by her husband under the Taliban's authoritarian rule was honored this weekend at an event in California, where she unveiled her new prosthetic nose for the first time."
"Ayesha came to the United States in August to undergo eight months of reconstructive procedures. She is living with host families in California and is accompanied by aides who are fluent in her language, Farsi."
- Haiti: One Who Is Making a Difference (MSNBC News)
Follows Allen Arman, a man who went to Haiti with a backpack and a blackberry to help. 01-10
- Heroes and Heroism in an Aurora Movie Theater (CBS News)
"Even as a masked gunman kept firing a hailstorm of bullets in a Colorado movie theater, acts of selflessness and heroism sprouted from all across the room."
- Stephanie Davies: Gives Help in the Middle of Gun Fire (CBS News)
Stephanie was present in the theater in Aurora, Colorado as a gunman shot 71 people. "Stephanie Davies and Allie Young were there when the gunman threw a gas canister inside the theater. Allie immediately stood up."
" 'She was shot in the neck and it punctured a vein and, immediately, she started spurting blood,' the president said. 'Stephanie, 21 years old, had the presence of mind to drop down on the ground with her, pull her out of the aisle, place her fingers over where Allie had been wounded and applied pressure the entire time while the gunman was still shooting.' " 07-12
- "The Elders" Visit Sudan (CBS News)
"The visit by 'The Elders,' which is headed by Nobel Peace laureates Carter and Desmond Tutu, is largely a symbolic move by a host of respected figures to push all sides to make peace in Darfur." 10-07
- -Stories of Heroes and Goodness (MSNBC)
Provides uplifting stories.
- Greg Zanis: The Man Who Made the Crosses for Aurora's Victims (CNN News)
"In a vacant lot across from the site of last week’s movie theater shooting, 12 white crosses stand solemnly, their arms covered in messages of hope and the ground around them full of flowers."
"For the loved ones of the 12 killed in the Aurora, Colorado, theater, the crosses have become a focal point of remembrance, a place to memorialize victims and pray for their families and friends. But for the man who built the white crosses, each just over 3 feet tall, the crosses are something more: symbols of his own survival since tragedy struck his family 16 years ago.” 07-12
- -01-12-13 Teacher Talks Armed Student into Stopping (CNN News)
"The teacher stood in the classroom, face-to-face with his 16-year-old student, who was holding a shotgun."
"Ryan Heber, 40, talked to the teen, trying to persuade him to end an armed assault in which one student had already been shot." 01-13
- -Hero Shot 27 Times While Shielding Others (CBS News)
"Jerry Avant Jr. died while protecting others."
"Doctors said the 39-year-old male nurse was shot more than two dozen times Sunday while trying to shield others from a gunman at a Carthage, N.C. nursing home." 03-09
- -Heroes by Category (CNN.com)
Provides heroes by category. 08-07
- -Teacher Talks Armed Student into Stopping (CNN News)
"The teacher stood in the classroom, face-to-face with his 16-year-old student, who was holding a shotgun."
"Ryan Heber, 40, talked to the teen, trying to persuade him to end an armed assault in which one student had already been shot." 01-13
- A Man With No Arms and a Man With No Sight (CBS News)
Two men in China combine their skills to plant trees for others. 06-16
- Amish Outreach: Belief.net's Most "Inspiring Person" of the Year (USA Today)
"The most 'inspiring person' this year, in the eyes of 50,000 voters and the staff of multi-faith spirituality website Beliefnet.com, was ultimately a community — the Amish of tiny Nickel Mines, Pa., where five schoolgirls were murdered this fall."
"Their example of 'incredible Christian forgiveness, charity and love' after a neighbor, Charles Carl Roberts IV, shot 10 little girls trapped in their schoolhouse, 'made them the overwhelming choice' among 12 nominees, says Steve Waldman, co-founder and CEO of Beliefnet, the Internet's top religion and spirituality site with 3 million visitors last month, according to Web traffic tracker comScore Media Metrix." 12-06
- Antoinette Tuff Saves School Children (Parade.com)
"School bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff is being hailed as a hero after she averted what could have been a catastrophic elementary school shooting in an Atlanta suburb." 08-13
- Autrey, Wesely: Leaping Onto Train Tracks (New York Times)
"MAYBE some people are more hard-wired for heroism than others. Like, for example, Wesley Autrey, the man behind a stunning rescue last week in a Manhattan subway station." 12-06
- Banker Recognized for "Responsibility" (CNN News)
"One person on the first lady's guest list was Leonard Abess Jr., a Miami banker who received a $60 million bonus from the proceeds from the sale of shares of City National Bank in Florida and gave it out to his 399 workers and 72 former workers."
"During his speech, President Obama said Abess didn't tell anyone about his generosity, but when the local newspaper found out, Abess simply said, 'I knew some of these people since I was 7 years old. I didn't feel right getting the money myself.' " 02-09
- Barakzai, Shukria Biography (WorldPress.org)
"In addition to her work in education and at Women's Mirror, Mrs. Barakzai was a member of Afghanistan's Constitutional Reviewing Commission. Nominated by President Hamid Karzai to this job, she worked for more than nine months reviewing each article of Afghanistan's Constitutional principles draft."
Although her work on the Commission has ended, the 500-member grand council, or Loya Jirga, adopted the new post-conflict Afghan constitution in early January 2004. Under article 22, it states that every Afghan citizen, whether male or female, has equal rights and responsibilities before the law."
Many women have called the constitution no less than a miracle in a country once dominated by conservative leaders and traditions. For Mrs. Barakzai, it is the first and most crucial step in gaining women's rights in the long term." 1-05
- Bystanders Save Cop (CBS News)
Provides a short news story about two bystanders who saved a Texas policewoman from being shot. 5-03
- Cairo, Alberto (Ciriello)
Provides a short statement on a famous doctor, helping severely injured persons in Afghanistan. 12-01
- Carter, Jimmy - Peace Hero (MyHero.com)
" 'America did not invent human rights. In a very real sense, it is the other way round. Human rights invented America.' " 7-05
- Celebrities Who Do More than Act (Time.com)
Provides a list of 10 celebrities who have worked to help others. 06-28-10
- Chechnyan Leader Dies Fighting for Justice (Time.com)
"Indeed, [Natalia] Estemirova's determined efforts over the past decade to uncover and document extrajudicial killings, torture, disappearances and kidnappings in Chechnya have made her many enemies, including Chechen strongman Ramzan Kadyrov, the republic's Kremlin-backed president. She had also become a thorn in the side of Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, who, as former president, had presided over the Second Chechen War, which began in 1999 and ended in 2002." 07-09
- Christmas Hero (ABC News)
"Every December for the past 15 years, Alexa Donaphin has made her way to New York City's main post office to participate in Operation Santa Claus. More than 400,000 Santa letters get re-routed there from the North Pole. The post office makes it possible for anyone to select letters from underprivileged children and then fulfill their Christmas wishes." 7-05
- Christopher Reeve Dies (CBS News)
"Christopher Reeve, the star of the 'Superman' movies whose near-fatal riding accident nine years ago turned him into a worldwide advocate for spinal cord research, has died, his publicist said."
" 'So many of our dreams at first seem impossible, then they seem improbable,' Reeve once said. 'Then, when we summon the will, they soon become inevitable. If we can conquer outer space, we can conquer inner space, too.' 10-04
- Clark, Ron - The 2000 Outstanding Teacher of the Year (Oprah.com - Winfrey)
Provides an interview with Ron Clark, a hero recognized by the Disney 2000 Outstanding Teacher of the Year and Oprah Magazine's first "Phenomenal Man." 1-02
- Courageous Editors Risk Their Lives (World Press)
"In recognition of enterprise, courage and leadership in advancing the freedom and responsibility of the press, enhancing human rights and fostering excellence in journalism, our 2005-2006 choice honors three Mexican journalists posthumously."
"Raúl Gibb Guerrero, Dolores Guadalupe García Escamilla and Alfredo Jiménez Mota gave the ultimate sacrifice in their pursuit of journalistic excellence and freedom of press. Their courage, tenacity, and dedication in covering sensitive subjects, especially drug trafficking, caused them to live in a danger zone of threats and violence, which ultimately led to their murders. They led three very separate lives, but had the love of their country and press freedom in common." 05-07
- Creating Heroes (Time.com)
"The Heroic Imagination Project focuses on transforming egocentrism into sociocentrism." 03-11
- Displaced of Iraq Find a Hero in Baghdad (Time.com)
"Madhiha Hassan is a diminutive, 37-year old seamstress whom some people have begun calling the Mother Teresa of Baghdad. She's devoted her energies to helping Iraq's internally displaced people, particularly in the Karada district where she lives."
"Few of Iraq's internally displaced can hold out hope for aid of any kind. Only a handful of international nongovernmental organizations operate in Iraq because of the dangers. And the Iraqi government's efforts to help the displaced fall woefully short. The International Organization for Migration estimates that nearly 80% of the internally displaced do not have regular access to government food rations." 03-08
- Editorial: Out of Darkness (Guardian Unlimited)
"Bereaved families, struggling to extract some tiny good from the tragic death of a child, have become some of the most formidable of modern campaigners." 8-05
- Education - You Want Heroes? (Author Unknown)
Describes efforts of individual teachers from throughout the USA to make a difference. Awesome Library will accept additions to this page. Put "You Want Heroes?" in the Subject line when you submit an addition by email. Only a limited number of stories will be added. The author of each new story will be credited on the Web page. 9-05
- Every Day Heroes (AETV.com)
"Lives That Make A Difference is A&E's national outreach campaign that focuses on people - from all walks of life and all age groups-who have a positive impact on our world. It helps others learn how they can make their local neighborhood or their global community a better place." 9-05
- Fajardo, Pablo - Fighter for Environmental Justice (Broadcast Newsrooms)
"Fajardo, 35, has been spearheading the legal team for the plaintiffs for several years, as they demand an environmental remediation from Chevron estimated to cost $6 billion. During nearly three decades of drilling in a vast, inhabited area of the Ecuadorian Amazon, Texaco dumped more than 18 billion gallons of toxic wastewater. Now, local communities are suffering a wave of cancers, stillbirths, and birth defects."
"Born into extreme poverty, Fajardo only became a lawyer in 2004, after first working as a manual laborer, while completing a correspondence law degree. Now, in his first trial, Fajardo, who travels around by bicycle, finds himself confronting Chevron's team of highly-paid, extremely experienced lawyers."
"Down the years, Fajardo appears to have paid a high price for his pursuit of justice. One of the friends who helped to pay for him to go through law school was murdered as was one of Fajardo's brothers, a Christian minister. Neither murder has been resolved by the Ecuadorian authorities." 12-07
- Forbes, James Alexander (NOW with Bill Moyers)
"In their March 4, 1996 issue, Newsweek magazine recognized Forbes as one of the 12 'most effective preachers' in the English-speaking world. He was designated as one of America’s greatest Black preachers by Ebony magazine in 1984 and 1993. Forbes won the Alumni Charter Day Award of Howard University for Distinguished Post Graduate Achievement In Ministry. In 1995 he emerged in the Baylor University Survey as one of twelve remarkable and most effective preachers in the English-speaking world."
"On June 1, 1989, The Rev. Dr. James Alexander Forbes, Jr. was installed as the fifth Senior Minister of The Riverside Church. Forbes is the first African-American to serve as Senior Minister of one of the largest multicultural congregations in the nation. He is an ordained minister in the American Baptist Churches and the Original United Holy Church of America." 12-03
- Gandhi's Grandson - An Interview (Adams)
Provides an interview with Rajmohan Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi's grandson, on how to achieve world peace.
- Gardner, Chris - Homeless to Hollywood (ABC News)
"It was Chris Gardner's life, and suddenly one of the biggest movie stars in the world was acting it out. Will Smith was playing Chris Gardner." 05-06
- Good Samaritan Motorist Tries to Save Trooper (ABC News)
"Edmonson also introduced the good Samaritan who he said wrestled the sawed-off shotgun away from the man accused of shooting the trooper."
" 'This is a hero,' Edmonson said of Robert LeDoux of Iowa, Louisiana, a town of about 3,100 where one of Vincent's brothers is police chief. LeDoux was the first of four people who stopped to help." 08-15
- Graham, Katharine (ABC News)
"For nearly 30 years, Katharine Graham was the publisher and moral compass of the Washington Post. During the Watergate years — while her reporters slowly uncovered corruption at the highest levels of government — it was Graham who stood firm and firmly behind them."
"She died in 2001, but her contribution is no less diminished this week with the identification of former FBI official W. Mark Felt as the source known as 'Deep Throat.' " 4-05
- Guide to Toppling Autocrats (New York Times)
"Few Americans have heard of Mr. Sharp. But for decades, his practical writings on nonviolent revolution — most notably 'From Dictatorship to Democracy,' a 93-page guide to toppling autocrats, available for download in 24 languages — have inspired dissidents around the world, including in Burma, Bosnia, Estonia and Zimbabwe, and now Tunisia and Egypt."
- Hero Stories (MyHero.com)
Provides stories of historical heroes and heroes in the news. 5-02
- Heroes Against Poverty and Disease (CNN News)
"The good deeds of an activist rock legend and one of the world's richest men and his wife carried the day in 2005, as Time magazine on Sunday named U2 frontman Bono and philanthropic couple Bill and Melinda Gates as its 'Persons of the Year.' " 11-05
- Heroes of Extraordinary Achievement (CNN News)
"CNN is searching the globe for unheralded heroes in six categories." 08-07
- Heroes of the Environment (Time.com)
"We call the men and women on the following pages heroes, but they could just as easily be called speakers for the planet, a planet that is hanging, as one of them put it years ago, in the balance. Some are prophets of peril, like Australian scientist and activist Tim Flannery, who has ceaselessly warned of the dangers of climate change. Others diagnose our planet's ills, like D.P. Dobhal, who scales the shrinking glaciers of the Himalayas to track the globe's warming in real time. There are those ready with solutions, like Abul Hussam, a Bangladeshi chemist who found a simple, life-saving way to purify poisoned water. And there are those with a gift for bringing such solutions to the wider world, like solar tycoon Shi Zhengrong, who became one of the richest men in China by tapping the power of the sun."
"They range from one end of this endangered earth to the other — from Kenya to Korea, Britain to Brazil, Canada to China. By their words and their actions, by their votes and even their checkbooks, TIME's environmental heroes have stepped into the silence, and in doing so, have given the earth a voice. It remains for the rest of us to listen — and join them." 10-07
- Impact Your World (CNN News)
Provides stories about those who have tried to impact the world. 05-08
- Ironside, Pernille - Freeing Child Soldiers (Christian Science Monitor)
"Around the world children are forced to serve in military groups or as laborers or worse. UNICEF's Ironside has set some of them free." 06-11
- Islamic Reformation and the Trial of Hashem Aghajari (Iranian.com - The New York Times - Friedman)
"What's going on in Iran today is, without question, the most promising trend in the Muslim world. It is a combination of Martin Luther and Tiananmen Square - a drive for an Islamic reformation combined with a spontaneous student-led democracy movement."
Hashem Aghajari has been sentenced to death for calling for reformation in Iran. "Watch this story. It's the most important trial in the world today.""This movement faces a formidable opponent in Iran's conservative clerical leadership. It can't provide a quick fix to what ails relations between Islam and the West today. There is none. But it is still hugely important, because it reflects a deepening understanding by many Iranian Muslims that to thrive in the modern era they, and other Muslims, need an Islam different from the lifeless, anti-modern, anti-Western fundamentalism being imposed in Iran and propagated by the Saudi Wahhabi clerics. This understanding is the necessary condition for preventing the brewing crisis between Islam and the West -- which was triggered by 9/11 -- from turning into a war of civilizations." 12-02
- James Zwerg: Freedom Rider (CNN News)
"Looking out the window, Zwerg could see men gripping baseball bats, chains and clubs. They had sealed off the streets leading to the bus station and chased away news photographers. They didn't want anyone to witness what they were about to do."
"Zwerg accepted his worst fear: He was going to die today." 05-11
- Jeff Skoll, Billionaire With a Heart (ABC News)
"Skoll helps Satyarthii transport people from bondage to freedom. So far, Satyarthii has freed some 67,000 victims of criminally forced labor — largely children — and provided them with homes and an education."
"Skoll also funds Martin Fisher, who invented a $50 manual water pump to help subsistence farmers in Kenya. The simple contraption works like a Stairmaster, and allows farmers to cheaply irrigate their land."
" 'On average, people's farm income is going up by a factor of 10 when they get one of these pumps, transforming their lives, moving them from poverty into the middle class,' said Fisher." 07-06
- Jolie, Angelina - Fighting Poverty in Africa (ABC News)
"The spotlight is nothing new to Angelina Jolie. Now, the tabloid favorite is working to deflect the attention that follows her every move to a part of the world that is often forgotten — Africa." 9-05
- Judd, Ashley and Roberts, Kate: Fighting HIV/AIDS in Youth (CNN News)
" 'There is an extraordinary, compelling, urgent problem,' she [Judd] said, noting that more than 12 million people under the age of 25 are infected with HIV and that more than 50 percent of all new infections occur among 15- to 24-year-olds." 10-07
- Kamara, Mariatu: Courage Without Hands (WorldPress.com)
"The Bite of the Mango tells her story so far: of having her hands amputated when she was 12; of being raped by a village man just before that, and of having the son resulting from that assault; of spending years wracked with guilt after the infant died at 10 months, convinced she'd killed him by not loving him enough."
"Hers is not an easy story to read. But The Bite of the Mango brings a new perspective among recent accounts of kids caught in Africa's civil wars – that of a girl child."
"Kamara says she is committed to school, so requests for appearances – already coming in from across the country – will be met when possible. Recent international book fairs have created a buzz and it is expected the international book rights will soon be bought."
"As well, she's a UNICEF Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict. She's also featured in an upcoming documentary about child war victims and was filmed on a visit to Sierra Leone last February, where she toured health and educational facilities."
"Kamara recognizes the opportunity, and responsibility, to give back." 09-08
- Ken Nedimyer: Creating Hope for the Coral Reefs (CNN News)
"Reefs are often referred to as the rainforests of the sea. They attract more marine life than anywhere else in the ocean because of the natural shelter they provide. But they're declining worldwide, not just in Florida, and some scientists fear that they could all be gone by 2050."
"Many people around the world depend on fisheries and the ocean for their livelihood. In the Florida Keys alone, more than 50 percent of the local economy is connected to a healthy marine environment."
" 'We've been able to recreate one of the biggest thickets in the Florida Keys of staghorn coral, and that's something we can duplicate throughout the Keys and throughout the Caribbean,' " [Ken] Nedimyer said." 03-12
- Looking Horse, Chief Arvol - Peace Hero (MyHero.com)
"At 12, he was given the enormous responsibility of becoming the 19th generation Keeper of the Sacred White Buffalo Calf Pipe, the youngest in history. He has felt, on many occasions, overwhelmed by inheriting such a responsibility of the Lakota, Dakota & Nakota Nations at such a young age. He was raised in an era and bore witness to the suppression of his peoples' spiritual practices. He decided to "work for change and let the world know how beautiful our way of life is, so the seventh generation can have a better future." 7-05
- Madame Yvonne Collomb, Hider of Children (BBC News)
"They broke down the bedroom door and took us next door to the living room. I was told to shut up crying because I was giving one of the two men a headache - French policemen dressed all in black. My parents were told to pack a small case with provisions - my father turned to me and said very quickly 'Remember I love you'."
"At that moment our neighbour and good friend Madame Yvonne Collomb came into the apartment and said: 'What's my child doing here?' She took me by the hand and led me to her apartment where she hid me under the dining table."
"Suzanne was just six years old that day. She would never see her parents again. 04-07
- Man Returns Diamonds (CBS News)
"Haider Sediqi didn't give much thought to the small, zippered pouch that a passenger forgot in his taxicab when he got out at Los Angeles International Airport. "
"Sediqi said keeping the loot never entered his mind, even though his wife loves diamonds and he dreams of opening a restaurant." 11-05
- Man Saves Dog, Dog Saves Man (ABC News)
"Michael Bosch of San Rafael, Calif., knew he had a loyal friend in his dog, Honey. But until Monday night, he didn't know he had a savior too." 11-05
- Margaret Hassan - Profile (BBC News)
"Dublin-born charity worker Margaret Hassan has lived in Iraq for 30 years, and began working for Care International soon after it began operations there in 1991. In her 60s, she is now head of the charity's operations in the country."
"She was so loved and everybody was so open with her and this is what makes it so extraordinary."
"Robert Glasser, chief executive of Care Australia, said: 'It is important to note that she has been providing humanitarian relief to the most needy Iraqis in a professional career spanning more than 25 years.' " 10-04
- Margaret Moth, Photojournalist, Dies (CNN News)
"She 'led the complete life,' Amanpour said. 'I don't think Margaret could ever look back and say, "What if?" She did it to the max, and she did it brilliantly. And she did it on her terms.' " 03-10
- Mexican Human-Rights Activist Digna Ochoa (World Press Review - Szymanski)
"She was 'willing to take all the risks of the profession that was her only weapon: the law.' ” 11-02
- Mexican Human-Rights Activist General José Gallardo (World Press Review - Mercier)
Provides a brief background on General Gallardo and his role in fighting for human rights in Mexico. Also mentions another hero, Digna Ochoa. 11-02
- Mom Loses Parts of Legs Saving Children in Tornado (CBS News)
" 'I grabbed the kids and I wasn't letting go,' Decker told CBS News from her hospital bed in Louisville, Ky. 'If they were going to fly, I was going to fly with them. It happened so quickly - the tornado, but the rest of it felt like an eternity' " 03-12
- Mueller, Kayla: The Woman Who Risked All for the Oppressed (MSNBC News)
" 'Kayla was a compassionate and devoted humanitarian. She dedicated the whole of her young life to helping those in need of freedom, justice, and peace.' " Also see The Daily Courier. 02-15
- Munley Acts Quickly (ABC News)
"Chuck Medley, the director of emergency services at Fort Hood, said many more would have died if [Kim] Munley hadn't leaped into action."
" 'If she had not responded the way she had, we would have had an extremely high number of dead and injured,' Medley told ABC News on Friday. " 'The number of lives that this person saved ... we will probably never know. But there is a lot of ammunition left, a lot of magazines,' he said referring to what Hasan was allegedly carrying.' "
"Medley described a scenario worthy of a Hollywood script. He said Munley, who is a member of the base's SWAT team and a weapons expert, ran towards the gunfire and came upon Hasan when she rounded a corner and saw him pursuing a soldier who had already been wounded once."
" 'She fired on him twice and drew the attention toward her. He immediately spun around and charged her,' Medley said. 'She fired a couple more rounds and fell back, continuing to fire.' " 11-09
- Munley Acts Quickly (CNN News)
"It was [Kimberly] Munley who arrived quickly Thursday at the scene of the worst massacre at an Army base in U.S. history, where 13 people were killed. She confronted the alleged gunman, Maj. Nidal Malik Hasan, and shot him four times. Munley was wounded in the exchange." 11-09
- Nobel Peace Prize Laureates for 2001 (BBC News)
Describes why the United Nations and its Secretary General, Kofi Annan, were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2001.
- Ochoa, Digna (Amnesty International)
Explains why the Mexican rights activist is a heroine. 9-02
- One-Legged Cyclist Transforms Others (ABC News)
"Yeboah was born 28 years ago with a severely deformed left leg in the African nation of Ghana. There, where an estimated 10 percent of the people are disabled from birth defects or diseases, disabled babies often are despised, seen as omens of bad fortune, and often killed or left by their parents in the wilderness to die."
"Yeboah decided he would ride a bike across his entire country, nearly 400 miles, to prove what the disabled can do. So in 2002, for 10 days, he rode, pedaling on one leg, right across Ghana."
"The country was astonished and inspired." 8-05
- Oprah Winfrey Stuns Audience (USA Today)
"Everybody in the audience got a new car, 276 midsize Pontiac G6's fresh off the assembly line — each worth $28,400. Total value: more than $7 million, courtesy of Pontiac."
"Oprah had instructed her staff to find people who were deserving. That was important to her." 9-04
- Orozco, Kerrie (CNN News)
"New mom. Coach K at the local Boys and Girls Club. Girl Scout leader. Special Olympics volunteer. Omaha, Nebraska, police officer. Kerrie Orozco was all of those things and much more."
"It was in the last role, as a member of her police department's gang unit, that Orozco lost her life."
"On Thursday, her daughter Olivia Ruth -- who'd been born premature months earlier -- was set to leave the hospital. Orozco was set to start maternity leave as she welcomed her baby home."
- Panettiere, Hayden - Champion for Dolphins (E! News)
"Hayden Panettiere attempted to play real-life hero, teaming with the Save Japan Dolphins coalition in trying to disrupt the annual slaughter of dolphins by Japanese fisherman, who kill an estimated 23,000 of the sea creatures each year."
"Despite international outcry, dolphin hunting is still considered culturally acceptable in parts of Japan, where many locals believe the mammals should be treated like fish." 12-07
- Paralyzed Woman Works for Bar Exam (CNN News)
"Granda, 29, a University of California-Davis Law School graduate, has petitioned the California Supreme Court to allow her to take Tuesday's test." 07-09
- Passenger's Quick Action Saved Plane (New York Times)
" 'Without any hesitation, I just jumped over all the seats,' Mr. [Jasper] Schuringa said, in an account that other passengers confirmed. 'I was thinking, Oh, he’s trying to blow up the plane. I was trying to search his body for any explosive. I took some kind of object that was already melting and smoking, and I tried to put out the fire and when I did that I was also restraining the suspect.' " 12-09
- Peace - Nobel Laureates Since 1900 (Nobel Foundation)
Provides short biographies of the Nobel laureates in peace during the 20th century. 9-00
- Peifer, Steve - Champion for Children (CNN News)
"When Steve and Nancy Peifer lost a child, they accepted an invitation to work at a mission in Kenya. After their trip, they couldn't get the image of starving children out of their heads, so they decided to go back and stay."
"Steve Peifer, a former software manager at Oracle, determined that three days without food brought a considerable decline in school attendance and figured that with three-quarters of a pound of maize plus 40 grams of beans per child, those numbers could turn around." 12-07
- Philantrophy and Happiness (ABC News)
"In a country where getting and having more seems so normal, people who choose to live with a lot less so they can help others seems, to put it mildly, less than sane."
"Zell Kravinsky is one of those people. Kravinsky got rich in the real estate business, and then gave away just about all of his fortune — $45 million — to charity." 11-05
- Politkovskaya, Anna: Journalist Hero (Awesome Library)
Provides profiles of the award-winning journalist who opposed corruption in Chechnya and Putin's administration. 10-06
- Presidential Citizens Medals Announced (Whitehouse.gov)
"The 2010 Citizens Medal will recognize U.S. citizens who have performed exemplary deeds of service outside of their regular jobs...." 08-10
- Professor Credited With Saving Others in Shooting (ABC News)
"Colleagues are touting a University of Alabama in Huntsville biochemistry professor with heroicallly saving lives during last week's campus shooting rampage."
" 'I believe that she acted very quickly to try and stop Dr. Bishop from shooting again,' University of Alabama Huntsville president David Williams told 'Good Morning America' today, adding that professor Debra Moriarity had asked him not to talk too much about her role in stopping Amy Bishop's alleged rampage that killed three and wounded three others." 02-10
- Rabina Niaz: Countering Domestic Abuse (CNN News)
"Niaz said she firmly believes that domestic violence goes against Islamic teachings, and considers it her religious duty to try to stop abuse from happening."
"But, she said, Muslims are often reluctant to confront the issue."
" 'There have been threats ... but that comes with this work,' she said. 'I know that God is protecting me because I'm doing the right thing.' " 09-09
- Saudi Lawyer Takes on Morals Police (MSNBC News)
"Saudi human rights lawyer Abdul-Rahman al-Lahem said he had been waiting years for a case like this: A woman and her daughter, both accused of promiscuity, were followed by the morals police as they left a private residence on the outskirts of the capital."
"The police assumed that the women had been visiting male friends. But the two had been at the home of female relatives. And unlike the thousands who had previously been intimidated into dropping their grievances, they insisted on taking their kidnappers to court."
"Lahem, a 35-year-old father of two, contends that the police oppress people in the name of religion and act as if the rules don't apply to them. He wants to prove them wrong." 12-06
- Sendler, Irene: Heroine of the Holocaust (MSNBC News)
"Sendler, a Roman Catholic social worker, risked her life and survived torture to help save thousands of Jews after the 1939 German invasion of Poland. Sendler, who died earlier this year at the age of 98, led a group of 30 volunteers, the majority of them women, who managed to smuggle 2,500 Jewish children out of the Warsaw ghetto and gave them false identities." 09-08
- Sherrie Gahn: Helping the Hungry in School (ABC News)
"Principal Sherrie Gahn said she was shocked when she first came to Whitney Elementary School seven years ago."
" 'The kids were eating ketchup packets,' Gahn said. 'I said to one of my teachers, "What on Earth are they doing?" and she said, "That's their dinner." ' "
"Whitney is not alone. A recent survey of elementary school teachers found that two-thirds of teachers reported spending money out of their pockets to help feed hungry students."
"The same survey, conducted by anti-hunger organization Share Our Strength, found that 17 million children in the United States are at risk of going hungry this year." 11-09
- Thalib, Munir Said - Biography (WorldPress.org)
"Mourned throughout the world, Human Rights Watch deputy program director Joe Saunders led the eulogies for Munir in a press release following his death:"
“ 'Munir was in a class by himself, he had an electric intelligence and an encyclopedic memory. In meetings, he was able to draw on a kaleidoscope of detailed fact and sharp analytical insight to present a clear image of what needed to be done.' ” 1-05
- The Elders Meet (ABC News)
" 'Using their collective experience, their moral courage and their ability to rise above the parochial concerns of nations ? they can help make our planet a more peaceful, healthy and equitable place to live, ' Branson said. 'Let us call them "global elders," not because of their age but because of individual and collective wisdom." '
"Calling it 'the most extraordinary day' of his life, Gabriel said, 'The dream was there might still be a body of people in whom the world could place their trust.' "
"The members [of The Elders] include Desmond Tutu, South African archbishop emeritus of Capetown; former U.S. President Jimmy Carter; former U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan; Mary Robinson, former president of Ireland and Mohammed Yunus, the Nobel laureate and founder of the Green Bank in Bangladesh;" singer Peter Gabriel, and billionaire Richard Branson. 11-07
- Three Americans and an Englishman Stop Gunman (CBS News)
"One serves in the Air Force, another recently served in Afghanistan in the National Guard, another is studying physical therapy in California - and all three Americans are being hailed as heroes for tackling and disarming a gunman they happened to encounter on a high-speed train between Amsterdam and Paris." The men are Aleck Sharlatos, Anthony Sadler, and Spencer Stone; they were joined by an Englishman, Chris Norman. 08-15
- Valentin, Abe: Fisherman (Time.com)
"TIME 100 honoree Valentin Abe directs a fish farming project in Haiti that serves as a model for development in the quake-ravaged country." 05-10
- Weihenmayer, Erik - Climbing Mt. Everest (SportsIllustrated-CNN - Swift)
Provides an interview with the first blind person to climb Mt. Everest. 12-01
- Why Some People Are Heroes (Time.com)
"During the shootings in Aurora, Colo., and Oak Creek, Wis., some people confronted danger and saved lives, while most others scampered for the exits. What explains the difference?" 08-12
- Woman Offers Self to Save Little Girl from Dog (KLTV.com)
"She put her life on the line to save a child's from a dog attack." 06-09
- World Food Program Names Drew Barrymore Ambassador (MSNBC News)
"“I can’t think of any issue that is more important than working to see that no schoolchild in this world goes hungry,” Barrymore said in a statement Wednesday. 'Feeding a child at school is such a simple thing, but it works miracles. I’ve seen it with my own eyes.' "
"Founded in 1962, WFP provides food aid to an average of 90 million poor people, including 58 million hungry children in at least 80 of the world’s poorest countries. The United States said it provides nearly half the annual contributions to the Rome-based agency, which has an annual budget of just under $3 billion." 05-07
- -Heroes Project (CNN.com)
"Do you know someone who should receive a CNN Hero Award? Click on the link below, tell us a bit about yourself and your Hero, pick a category, and tell us why your Hero should win." 08-07
- Kathryn Wasserman Davis: Students Give Peace a Chance (DavisProjectsforPeace)
"In its second year, Davis Projects for Peace, is an invitation to undergraduates at the American colleges and universities in the Davis United World College Scholars Program to design grassroots projects that they will implement during the summer of 2008. The projects judged to be the most promising and do-able will be funded at $10,000 each. The objective is to encourage and support today’s motivated youth to create and tryout their own ideas for building peace." 04-08
- Nobel Peace Prize Laureates Page (Partage Avec les Infants du Monde)
Provides an annotated listing of Laureates by year.
- Teen Tackles "Gross" Problem (CNN News)
Kelsey Hirsch " 'decided to do Bands for RAINN,' she says fiddling with one such blue and white band for the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network on her own wrist."
"Each band sells for $3. The proceeds help fund the RAINN online hotline, a resource for those impacted by sexual violence." 12-12