SAN FRANCISCO, May 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2017 Billion Acts Hero Award Winners are from 7 countries; India, Germany, Nigeria, Colombia, Uganda, Australia and the United States. Their work has created a measurable impact in one of the 10 Focus Areas deemed to be the most important issues of our time by 14 Nobel Peace Prize Winners; combating poverty, ending racism and hate, addressing conflict resolution and disarmament, advancing women and children's rights, protecting the enviroment, and investing in education and community development.
The winners have engaged youth around the world to plant more than 14 Billion Trees, built a network of indigenous professionals in Australia to improve employment and education opportunities in their own communities, tackled bullying, racism, and hate speech online, helped women in Africa create sustainable businesses to support their families, empowered women in Colombia to use their voices to bring an end to the civil war, used ingenuity to create technologies to disarm land mines, and provided safe water and sanitation systems for vulnerable youth in Nigeria.
The 2017 Hero Award winners include:
Best Non Profit Act: Bead for Life
Best University Act: Curtin University
Best Community Act: Ruta Pacifica
Best Entrepreneurial Act: Riot Games
Best Youth Act: CO-WINNERS: Plant for the Planet, Aerobotics 7
Best Up and Coming Peace Maker: Wheels of Hope Rising
The One Billion Acts of Peace has been nominated for the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize by Nobel Peace Laureate Shirin Ebadi. This campaign invites every day citizens, schools, businesses, peacemakers and community builders of all ages, backgrounds, causes and countries to identify problems in their own community, and work to create solutions big and small.
The Billion Acts campaign is led by 14 Nobel Peace Prize Winners including The Dalai Lama and Desmond Tutu, in partnership with Lead Donor and Tech Developer Google. The campaign has logged over 25 million Acts of Peace since May 2014 in more than 110 countries -- motivating every day people around the world to actively work to create a more sustainable and peaceful world.
Visit https://billionacts.org/hero-awards-winners to learn more about all seven Hero Award winners, and support their work.
For further information please contact: Brandi Brown
SOURCE PeaceJam Foundation