Giraffe Heroes International (GHI) takes the vision, strategies and materials developed by the Giraffe Heroes Project over the last 30 years to countries where that inspiration and know-how can make a critical difference, helping people solve the problems that challenge their nations and their lives. GHI gives global partners a tested template for finding their country’s heroes and getting their stories known, inspiring other citizens to help take on public problems. Those heroes might be combating corruption, easing poverty or disease, ending conflicts, protecting the environment, advocating for women’s rights ... All of them are “sticking their necks out” for the common good.
GHI speeches and trainings offer inspiration and practical tools for building ethical and competent leadership, resolving conflicts and solving public problems.
GHI provides civic engagement and service-learning programs for schools and youth organizations, helping kids build lives of courageous and compassionate service. The service–learning programs are now being translated into Spanish.
To date, GHI has established affiliates in India, Nepal, Sierra Leone, Kenya, Argentina, Zimbabwe, Singapore, South Africa and Ghana. An affiliate in Egypt has been closed because the military government there will not allow it.
In addition to forming global partnerships, GHI has been engaged in significant peacebuilding initiatives in Nigeria,, Israel/Palestine, Ukraine and within the Muslim community in the UK.
GHI is also eyes and ears, and Director John Graham's investigative reporting sheds new light on difficult places, such as Tibet.
Some Giraffe Hero Commendations from Abroad
For more than 10 years now, 82 year old Lilian Ndaro opened her very humble home in Subukia, Kenya for orphans, vulnerable and needy children. Many lives have been transformed through the hands of Lilian. Despite the fact that she is elderly, has health challenges and doesn’t have any source of income and depends on her family members and well wishers to support her, Lilian has never given up on brightening the lives of the young ones.
She takes the trouble to provide them with food, clothes, shelter, medical attention and education even though it is difficult for her. Lilian has...more
Zimbabwe has not been spared challenges that other African countries have faced. Once a glorious bread basket of Africa, Zimbabwe has suffered economic, social and political instability for the past two decades, leaving the majority of the ordinary people vulnerable. Government operations like Operation Restore Order (May 2005), destroyed backyard cabins and shacks which were shelter to many as well as small markets for vendors. Many urban dwellers were left homeless, most without means of income or survival. The government did not compensate these people at all yet their human rights were...more
This is how you make a revolution. At least, this is how Hanna Hopko is helping make a revolution in Ukraine.
You start by building your credibility: You get a Master’s Degree in International Journalism and a Doctorate in Social Communications. You become an ecological journalist, conducting trainings, speaking at conferences, and heading up governmental and non-governmental committees. You publish articles and appear throughout the media. You take over as the Communications Manager of the Ukraine Citizen Action Network. You act as the Advocacy Coordinator of Ukraine’s Campaign for...more
“I was heavily assaulted by the police and spent two days in hospital but that hasn’t broken my spirit. I will keep on fighting for what I believe in."
These were the words uttered by 37 year old journalist cum human rights activist Itai Dzamara whilst addressing scores of people who had gathered in the Africa Unity Square in Harare’s Central Business District (CBD). Before the assault, Dzamara had succeeded in leading a peaceful protest in front of the parliament building where President Robert Mugabe was officially opening parliament; this led to his arrest. Dzamara's “Occupy...more
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