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Nappi, Michele

Michele Nappi of Milton VT founded Vermont Incest Survivors, Enlightened and Empowered (VTISEE) after going public with her own story. Nappi has worked long hours for no pay and used her own limited resources to publish a newsletter, run an information clearinghouse, and organize support groups for fellow incest survivors.
  • criminal justice
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Vermont
Home when commended: North America, US, Vermont
Home now: North America, US, Vermont
Gender: F (female)
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Narayane, Usha

Usha Narayane stood up to local thugs in the slums of Nagpur, India, an area that had been terrorized by criminals for decades. After standing the predators down, Narayane organized job trainings for hundreds of women in the community, helping them escape poverty as well as physical attacks.

  • criminal justice
  • ethnicity/minorities
  • public safety
  • womens issues
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, India
Home when commended: Asia, India
Home now: Asia, India
Gender: F (female)
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Nassuuna, Ritah

The Mpolyagiere Foundation’s outreach team--Rose Kawarach, Mary Kyabanagwe, Enoch Magala, Ritah Nassuuna, Dylan Patterson, Bashir Wadeya, and Ronnie Wandera--have worked round the clock in dangerous rural Ugandan villages to launch a community-based campaign to stop the spread of AIDS/HIV. All the Ugandan team members are college grads, choosing to do this work rather than taking their degrees into safe, well-paying city jobs. Dylan Patterson, an undergrad in the US, has served with them, using his savings from summer jobs to get there and help pay for supplies.

  • community development
  • health/public health/disabilities
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): Africa, Uganda
Home when commended: Africa, Uganda
Home now: Africa, Uganda, North America, USA
Gender: F (female)
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Naude, Beyers

Beyers Naudé, of Braamfontein, South Africa, a minister of the Dutch Reformed church, sacrificed his career, his friends, and his place in the community by speaking out against apartheid.

  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): Africa, South Africa
Home when commended: Africa, South Africa
Home now: Africa, South Africa
Gender: M (male)
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Ndabishuriye, Prosper

In Burundi, a country devastated by ethnic conflict, Prosper Ndabashuriye brought Hutus and Tutsis together to build new houses for those who had lost everything. Despite threats, financial nightmares and even imprisonment, Ndabashuriye and his multi-ethnic team built hundreds of houses for their fellow Burundians.
  • community development
  • international peace
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): Africa, Burundi
Home when commended: Africa, Burundi
Home now: Africa, Burundi
Gender: M (male)
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Nelson, Sarah

When Sarah Nelson was 8, she became fascinated by baked treats she saw in a hotel and decided to try baking herself. Her creations, which eventually included candies, cakes, cookies, and chocolates, were so well received by friends and family that she created a commercial baking operation and sends half its profits to a local hospice. 

  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, Canada, Ontario
Home when commended: North America, Canada, Ontario
Home now: North America, Canada, Ontario
Gender: F (female)
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Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam

The people of Neve Shalom/Wahat Al-Salam (Oasis of Peace) in Israel are Muslims, Jews and Christians living together by choice. Denounced by friends and family members as traitors, the residents speak both Hebrew and Arabic, their children attending Israel's only bilingual school. They run workshops for visiting Muslim and Jewish high school students, showing them how it can be done.
  • international peace
Giraffe work location(s): Middle East, Israel
Home when commended: Middle East, Israel
Home now: Middle East, Israel
Gender: G (group)
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Nevins, Karen

Karen Nevins of Boston MA is a member of the National AIDS Brigade. This legal secretary and her fellow Brigaders defy Massachusetts law to distribute clean needles and AIDS prevention kits to drug addicts, spending their own money to fund the program, and returning to the work after each arrest. (See also Joe McGrath and Jon Parker.)

  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Massachusetts
Home when commended: North America, US, Massachusetts
Home now: North America, US, Massachusetts
Gender: F (female)
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Nickelson, Doris

Doris and Nick Nickelson of Manhattan Beach CA were shocked by his son’s untimely death, but they turned their grief into a continuation of the young man’s work with the homeless. The foundation they named for him provides goods and services to thousands of homeless people and takes all of the Nickelsons’ time and resources.

  • health/public health/disabilities
  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: F (female)
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Nickelson, Nick

Nick and Doris Nickelson of Manhattan Beach CA were shocked by his son’s untimely death; they turned their grief into a continuation of the young man’s work with the homeless. The foundation they named for him provides goods and services to thousands of homeless people and takes all of the Nickelsons’ time and resources.

  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: M (male)
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Nickelson, Nick and Doris

Nick and Doris Nickelson of Manhattan Beach CA were shocked by his son’s untimely death; they turned their grief into a continuation of the young man’s work with the homeless. The foundation they named for him provides goods and services to thousands of homeless people and takes all of the Nickelsons’ time and resources.

  • poverty
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, California
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: C (couple)
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Nickerson, Wendell

Wendell Nickerson MD of Edina MO set up his medical practice there despite the poor financial prospects of serving such a small town. Nickerson’s office runs at a personal loss to provide the town with quality medical care.
  • community development
  • health/public health/disabilities
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Missouri
Home when commended: North America, US, Missouri
Home now: North America, US, Missouri
Gender: M (male)
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Niehaus, Ann

Ann Niehaus and Duane Elgin of Menlo Part CA put all their time and savings into forming “Choosing Our Future,” a nonprofit that worked to get more programs on our TV screens that inform and enlighten rather than just entertain.

  • arts
  • media issues
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): National
Home when commended: North America, US, California
Home now: North America, US, California
Gender: C (couple)
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Njeru, Robert Mutuma

Using his own minimal financial resources, Kenyan Robert Mutuma Njeru created a program to teach street boys in Nairobi to become a performance company of acrobats and to build and sell solar ovens, both activities helping the boys support themselves and escape the dangers of living on the streets.

  • poverty
  • youth issues
Giraffe work location(s): Africa, Kenya
Home when commended: Africa, Kenya
Home now: Africa, Kenya
Gender: M (male)
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Noe, Frank

Frank Noe of Stoughton MA is a member of Vietnam Revisited, a crew of veterans intent on rebuilding the country they once fought in. They began by removing land mines they laid 25 years ago, and went on to help supply medical facilities in Vietnam. (See also Robert Dalton, Bill Johnson, Nate Genna and Mike Wallace.)

  • international aid
  • international peace
Giraffe work location(s): Asia, Vietnam
Home when commended: North America, US, Massachusetts
Home now: North America, US, Massachusetts
Gender: M (male)
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Noel, Jack

Jack Noel, Sue Ellen White-Hansen, Steve Shapiro, Debora Valis, Neil Colburn, Candace Culver, Jerry Sanders, Sylvia Sanders, Harry Wilbert, Myrl Wilbert andPat Goff were members of Save the Trees, a group that worked fifteen years to save the last old-growth trees on Whidbey Island in Washington. These islanders began by standing in front of the ancient trees as heavy machinery moved toward them. They went on to lobby public officials and go through the courts, winning a long battle to protect not only their island’s last giant trees, but also other old-growth throughout the state.
  • environment
Giraffe work location(s): North America, US, Washington
Home when commended: North America, US, New Mexico
Home now: North America, US, New Mexico
Gender: M (male)
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