29 May 2014

Voting open for 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award

Eight finalists for the 2014 Hermann Gmeiner Award have been named and now the public will decide the winners. For the first time in the award’s twenty-five year history there will be two winners – one woman and one man.

Since the 1990s, the Hermann Gmeiner Award has honored individuals who grew up in an SOS Village or program. Named after the founder of SOS Children’s Villages, the award recognizes people who have become unique role models in their communities, based on special social, cultural, athletic, or career accomplishments.

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This year’s nominees come from all over the world and work in a variety of fields. Read through their full stories and then vote for one woman and one man to be awarded this year’s Hermann Gmeiner award. The deadline to vote is June 22. Vote today!

Maya, 24, India

Maya helps children in slums go back to school
Growing up in the SOS Village in Bhubaneswar, India, Maya Dhal thrived on the love and support of her SOS family. Her belief that every child should have the same opportunity led her to the slums to teach school dropouts and help them return to the classroom. (Read more)
Cirilo, 22, Paraguay

Cirilo is unstoppable in sharing and teaching his passion for music
When Cirilo Burgos Martinez plays a musical instrument or stands in front of an orchestra as a conductor, he is not only living his own dream, but also helping other young people and children realize their dreams. (Read more)
Lucia Viviana Maquisaca, 28, Ecuador

Lucia Viviana gives victims of domestic violence newfound self-confidence
Lucia Viviana Maquisaca Mora had to work as a maid when she was 9. As an adult, she became a victim of domestic violence. Instead of giving up, she founded an association that helps both women and underprivileged children. (Read more)
Deepak KC, 39, Nepal

SOS gave Deepak wings to excel on all levels
Life in an SOS Village made Deepak 'forget' that he was physically disabled. The love and support he received gave him wings to strive for more, fly higher and help others. His list of accomplishments in aiding the disabled is evidence of that. (Read more)
Asel, 24, Kazakhstan

Asel advocates for young people leaving care
Asel Rysmendiyeva is an accountant by profession, but her volunteer work promoting and protecting the rights of children in alternative care is equally important to her. (Read more)
Tafadzwa, 29, Zimbabwe

Blindness opens new worlds for Tafadzwa
The loss of his eyesight five years ago made Tafadzwa Nyamuzihwa ‘see’ that people are limited by their attitude and not their disability. He was not going to let that happen to him. In fact, it became his mission to empower the blind in Africa. (Read more)
Agnes, 32, Rwanda

Survivor of genocide builds a peaceful world
As a child, Agnes Tuyishimire found a new family in the SOS Village in Kigali after her parents lost their lives in the genocide. All her life, she has worked selflessly for others and has helped many people to overcome the trauma of genocide. (Read more)
Seid, 38, Ethiopia

Life lessons allows Seid to create a better life for others     
He has survived famine, drug addiction and life on the streets. Today, Seid Nurye is a successful tailor and business owner, and he is committed to helping young people through offering them training and employment. (Read more)