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Former U.S. secretary of state Madeleine Albright, left, visits a polling station as head of an election observer delegation from the U.S.-based National Democratic Institute, during presidential elections in Abuja, Nigeria Saturday, April 21, 2007. (AP Photo/Felix Onigbinde)
24 April 2007
Volunteers use texts to monitor Nigerian elections 
Lagos, Nigeria: Anyone trying to rig or tamper presidential elections in Nigeria could be caught out by a team of volunteers armed with mobile phones. Election volunteers use SMS to feedback their observations to a central computer hub, which was then passed on to other monitoring groups including the EU.  Read article

From: BBC News, UK
More about: Nigeria  ICT
23 April 2007
Volunteer sleuths keep cold cases alive  by Todd Matthews
There are 100,000 missing people in the United States alone and at least 6,000 unidentified bodies. With the authorities struggling to solve so many cases, thousands of volunteers are using the internet to try to match the missing with the unidentified.  Read article

From: BBC News, UK
More about: United States
Holocaust survivor Jean Dambrot talks with German volunteer Felix Muller, left, in his house in Jerusalem, Sunday, April 15, 2007. Muller, who is writing Dambrot's biography, arrived with two dozen other German volunteers in Israel for a year of service through a group called Ot Hakapara. Israel will mark the annual Holocaust remembrance day beginning at sunset Sunday. (AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti)
16 April 2007
Young German volunteers make amends for Holocaust by Ben Winograd
Jerusalem: The Holocaust had been over for more than 60 years but that did not erase young Germans' sense of obligation to Nazis' victims. Nearly two dozen young German volunteers have recently arrived in Israel for a year of service through "Ot Hakapara", Hebrew for "sign of atonement", working at libraries, nursing homes and community centers around the country.   Read article

From: International Herald Tribune, France
More about: Germany  Israel  Youth
16 April 2007
Volunteers help one man's mission to reunite father and kids by Kelly Starling Lyons
Tony Pierce, a football coach, organized "Fathers in Touch", helping absentee dads reconnect with their children. He has no full-time staff but some 40 volunteers are helping this one-man mission.  Read article
Volunteers working at a school in Saida (Sidon). (David Snyder/CRS)
12 April 2007
Youth volunteers restore hope in Lebanon 
Sidon, Lebanon: For Abdel Razak and hundreds of other young volunteers, helping to pick up the pieces is their way to make a change for their country and provide a new generation with hope.   Read article

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The people you'll meet on these pages are not famous, yet they have touched millions of people's lives through their committment, compassion and courage. They've been baptized as  "trailblazers", "shakers and movers", "disaster responders", among others.  Whatever names they've been called, they have one thing in common -- they've made a difference.