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CNN Hero Jennifer Maddox

Amid the violence in Chicago, Jennifer Maddox is dedicated to giving young people on the South Side a safe space to learn, grow and succeed.
CNN Hero Jennifer Maddox works with kids in her after school program, Future Ties, housed in the Parkway Gardens Homes.

Beyond the beat

For more than two decades, CNN Hero Jennifer Maddox has observed the growing plight facing young people on Chicago's South Side. Today, she offers hope.
CNN Hero Samir Lakhani, wearing glasses, poses with staff at the Eco-Soap Bank--an organization he founded to provide soap and hygiene education to Cambodians in need.

How hotel soap can save lives

Samir Lakhani was a college student volunteering in Cambodia when inspiration struck: Rural villagers didn't have access to soap--he knew just where to find it.

CNN Heroes: Samir Lakhani

Samir Lakhani's nonprofit, Eco-Soap Bank, recycles discarded bars of soap from hotels in Cambodia and distributes them to people in need.

From hotel soap to Eco-Soap

CNN Hero Samir Lakhani shares how his group is using soap in Cambodia to change lives, boost the economy and help the environment.
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CNN Hero Mariuma Ben Yosef

For 32 years, Mariuma Ben Yosef's organization, the Shanti House, has provided a temporary home and long-term support for vulnerable youth in Israel.
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A Cosmic Family

At her Shanti House in Israel, CNN Hero Mariuma Ben Yosef provides the comforts of home to at-risk youth living on their own.
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CNN Hero Linda Myers

For three decades, Linda Myers and her nonprofit have brought life-saving supplies to an estimated 3,000 elders in need on the Navajo Reservation.
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CNN Heroes: Adopt-A-Native-Elder

CNN Hero Linda Myers shows how her nonprofit helps Native American elders in remote areas of Arizona and Utah stay warm through the winter.
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CNN Hero Leslie Morissette

In memory of her son, Leslie Morissette and her nonprofit help connect sick children to their regular lives through free technology, including robots.
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CNN Heroes: What is a Philbot?

With the help of a robot from CNN Hero Leslie Morissette's nonprofit, one fourth grader stays connected to his school and friends while battling leukemia.


2016's "CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute" 

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2011 Hero of the Year Robin Lim

Robin Lim's organization, Bumi Sehat, was founded in 1995 and has since provided medical care to more than 300,000 expectant mothers and babies in Indonesia and the Philippines.


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