$1 Million Opus Prize Finalists Announced American, Belgian and Filipino Nominated for Humanitarian Award



    WASHINGTON, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The Catholic University of America,
 in partnership with The Opus Prize Foundation, today, announced the
 finalists for the 2007 $1 million humanitarian Opus Prize. For their
 dedication to transforming the lives of others the following have been
 selected finalists: Rev. John Adams, president of Washington, D.C.'s SOME;
 Brother Constant Goetschalckx, F.C., director of AHADI International
 Institute, Kigoma, Tanzania; and the Homeless People's Federation
 Philippines represented by its executive director, Rev. Norberto Carcellar,
 C.M.
     The Opus Prize is a $1 million faith-based humanitarian award given
 annually by the Opus Prize Foundation to recognize an unsung hero -- either
 an individual or an organization -- working on the front lines of today's
 most persistent social problems.
     The finalists for the fourth annual Opus Prize are:
     Rev. John Adams, president of SOME (So Others Might Eat), Washington,
 D.C., has directed the organization for the past 29 years. Under Father
 Adams' leadership, SOME has grown from a soup kitchen that served 50 to 60
 people daily with a single employee and two volunteers to an organization
 that serves more than 800 meals a day and offers a clinic, dental services
 and transitional housing to the homeless with a staff of 250 employees and
 several thousand volunteers.
     Brother Constant Goetschalckx, F.C., founder and director of AHADI
 International Institute, Tanzania, leads an organization with a Swahili
 name that means "working toward the fulfillment of a promise." AHADI
 educates refugees from the war-torn countries of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi
 by providing post-secondary training via a distance-learning program and
 instruction for 500,000 students per year studying for their high school
 diplomas.
     Homeless People's Federation Philippines represented by Rev. Norberto
 Carcellar, C.M., executive director, is an organization that has enabled
 squatters living on a sprawling garbage dump in Quezon City, Philippines,
 to create community savings and credit programs, purchase land, build
 housing and set up waste disposal and water distribution systems.
     One finalist will be awarded $1 million and the other two finalists
 will each receive $100,000 for their organizations. The winner of the $1
 million award will be announced after all three finalists arrive in
 Washington in early November. The 2007 Opus Prize officially will be
 presented at a ceremony Thursday, Nov. 8, at Catholic University's Edward
 J. Pryzbyla University Center.
     The Opus Prize Foundation partners with universities, which enables
 students to meet and interact with the recipients and learn firsthand about
 social entrepreneurship. The partnering universities are encouraged to
 integrate the Opus Prize conferral into their curricula. CUA will host a
 series of Opus Prize-related activities including films and presentations
 in the weeks and days prior to the dinner.
     Established in 2004, the Opus Prize is a $1 million faith-based
 humanitarian award and two $100,000 awards given annually to recognize
 unsung heroes -- either individuals or organizations -- who are working to
 solve poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, injustice and other social
 issues. Opus Prize winners combine a driving entrepreneurial spirit with an
 abiding faith to combat today's most persistent social problems. The Prize
 is awarded by the Opus Prize Foundation, a philanthropic organization
 affiliated with The Opus Group, and presented by a college or university
 giving recipients an opportunity to inspire the next generation. Opus Prize
 winners are anonymously selected and the Opus Prize Foundation does not
 accept unsolicited nominations. For more information, visit
 http://www.opusprize.org.
     NOTE: Photos of the three finalists are available on request.
 
 

SOURCE The Opus Prize Foundation

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