NetAid announces 2005 Global Action Awards winners
21 September 2005
New York, USA: NetAid today announced the honorees of the 2005 NetAid Global Action Awards. The awardees are high school students from the United States who have taken outstanding efforts to fight poverty. Their projects ranged from providing eye glasses to tsunami victims in Sri Lanka to raising awareness on genocide in Sudan.
The 2005 NetAid Global Action Award honorees are:
A distinguished panel of 14 individuals, including Nobel Peace Laureate Elie Wiesel, selected the honorees from hundreds of applicants based on their innovation, leadership and impact. The young leaders will receive US$5,000 for college tuition or donate to a charitable cause of their choice.
"I was impressed by the breadth of the work undertaken by this year's honorees. From Darfur to tsunami-stricken Sri Lanka, these inspiring young people are tackling head-on the major challenges facing humanity today," said Eric Nonacs, foreign policy advisor, Office of William J. Clinton, who served as a judge for the Global Action Awards. "They are role models for all Americans—young and old, alike—who believe that the antidote to these tumultuous times is active and hopeful engagement in our world."
For the second year, the NetAid Global Action Awards honor high school students in the U.S. who have organized and led a project that has improved the lives of people in poor countries, or raised awareness about issues of global poverty in their own communities. The efforts of this year's honorees will be celebrated on November 9 in a high-profile event at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Home of Jazz at Lincoln Center, on Broadway at 60th Street, New York City.
"These honorees demonstrate how much today's youth can achieve when they set their sights on fighting global poverty," said Kimberly Hamilton, president of NetAid. "They are our greatest local ambassadors and we are extremely pleased to recognize their global contributions."
NetAid (www.netaid.org) educates, inspires and empowers young people to take action against global poverty. Using technological innovation, peer-to-peer education, and leadership training, NetAid provides the knowledge, perspectives, and skills to create a new generation of informed global leaders. NetAid is an independent, non-profit organization based in New York and founded in 1999 by the United Nations Development Programme and Cisco Systems.