Katherine and Margo Sultenfuss, Clearwater, Florida – As high school students, Katherine and Margo utilized their unique view of consumerism and their compassion for others to create a program to help feed the hungry in Pinellas County. The Gift of Food Endowment that they have established will ensure that their program continues.
Feeta Naaimen (Ma’ Feeta), Rainbow Town, Liberia – Ma’ Feeta as she is known by the children, is an amazingly resilient woman. A victim of the violent Liberian Civil Crisis, she single-handedly saved over 250 war orphans. Working tirelessly she reunited many of them with family members. Ma’ Feeta continues to raise the remaining 86 war orphans.
Wafaa Zreik Srour and Nava Sonnenschein, Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam, Israel – Waffa was raised as a Palestinian refugee. As a young adult she moved to the unique internationally mixed Palestinian and Jewish community of Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam in Israel. Nava arrived at Neve Shalom/Wahat al-Salam as a pioneer while it was being built. Wafaa and Nava work side by side in the only village in Israel that is comprised of Palestinians and Jews. Wafaa is responsible for women’ s programming at the School for peace. Her activities focus on meetings and encounters among Palestinian and Israeli women. Nava is a facilitator for the youth. Their work has allowed Jews and Palestinians to live, work and raise their children together.
Anna Rodriguez, Clearwater, Florida – Anna is the founder of the Florida Coalition Against Human Trafficking (FCAHT). Since 2004 Anna, at great personal risk, has helped rescue victims of human trafficking as well as created awareness to this horrible crime. Anna’s work helped create the Trafficking Victims Protection Act
C.M. Lord –Media, Pennsylvania – For the past twelve years C.M. has developed programs that are designed to help victims of domestic violence. As a co-founder of Life Beyond Abuse she has moderated support groups, helped woman regain personal worth, dignity and empowerment. C.M. teaches the victims that life change is their road to peace.
Annie Goeke, Venice, California – Annie is a co-founder of Earth Rights Institute. Annie understands that there is a connection between human and environmental rights. Her 20 years of community activism has covered a wide spectrum of issues. From waste to inner city children to organic gardening, Annie embodies the concept to act locally and think globally. She is always searching out ways to bring about peace.
Vivian Glick, San Diego, California – Vivian founded Just Like My Child in 2006 after a personal epiphany left her reeling over the poverty and diseases that plague Uganda, Africa. She has since abandoned her six-figure marketing consultant career to commit her life to affecting change “village by village”. Focusing mainly on educational and wellness initiatives for young girls and women.
Pam Haigh, St. Petersburg, Florida – Pam went on a mission trip with her daughter and was so moved by the deplorable living conditions she saw in Nicaragua that she knew she had to do something. Relying on her years of experience as a hair stylist and owner of a high end salon, she created a beauty school for women in Nicaragua. Learning a job skill enables them to find employment and help their family out of poverty. Pam continues to raise money and awareness as she travels between the US and Nicaragua to keep the school going.