The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation

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CITATION: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee VIENTIANE RESCUE

In 2007, a small team of volunteers in the Foundation for Assisting Poor People of Lao PDR used a donated ambulance to create “Rescue Vientiane Capital” to provide first-aid service on the city’s roads, but only on weekends. In 2010, Sebastien Perret, a Frenchman living in Laos and a trained paramedic and firefighter, aghast at […]

January 4, 2017

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CITATION: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee THODUR MADABUSI KRISHNA

During the period 2011-2013, KRISHNA brought his passion and artistry to war-ravaged northern Sri Lanka, the first Karnatik musician to tour that region in three decades, and launched two festivals to promote “culture retrieval and revival” in that country. More recently, he conducted, with a prominent environmentalist, a free festival of “art healing” on the […]

January 4, 2017

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CITATION: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee BEZWADA WILSON

Fifty years old, BEZWADA WILSON has spent 32 years on his crusade, leading not only with a sense of moral outrage but also with remarkable skills in mass organizing, and working within India’s complex legal system. SKA has grown into a network of 7,000 members in 500 districts across the country. Of the estimated 600,000 scavengers […]

January 4, 2017

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CITATION: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee DOMPET DHUAFA

DOMPET DHUAFA has grown phenomenally to become the largest philanthropic organization in Indonesia today, in terms of donations received. In 2015, DD collected total donations equivalent to USD 20.2 million With offices in twelve Indonesian provinces and five foreign countries, DD’s 200 employees, and 10,000 volunteers have reached thirteen million beneficiaries as of 2015, of […]

January 4, 2017

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CITATION: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee CONCHITA CARPIO MORALES

Recognizing that corruption is not just a matter of persons but systems, she took the initiative in creating an integrity management-based program that mobilizes government agencies and the public and addresses the lack of strategy and direction in the overall anti-corruption campaign. She advocated the passage of legislation to strengthen the OMB’s investigative, disciplinary, asset […]

January 4, 2017

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CITATION: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee JAPAN OVERSEAS COOPERATION VOLUNTEERS

The work of JOCV volunteers improved lives, induced behavioral change, and transferred knowledge and skills to partners and communities in many countries. At the same time, their local immersion enriched them with an experience they brought back to Japan. “Alumni” JOCV volunteers have become leaders in volunteerism and development work, thus deepening and widening the […]

January 3, 2017

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PHOTO EXHIBIT: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee THODUR MADABUSHI KRISHNA

The healing power of music is an idea that often does not rise beyond being a comfortable truism. But a young artist in India is showing that music can, indeed, be a deeply transformative force in personal lives and society itself. Born in 1976 to a Brahmin family, Thodur Madabusi Krishna was trained from the […]

December 12, 2016

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PHOTO EXHIBIT: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee VIENTIANE RESCUE

Laos is slowly coming into its own after decades of war and political instability.  New prosperity has fueled a tremendous increase in motorized vehicles resulting in a veritable anarchy of cars, trucks, motorcycles, bicycles, and tuktuks (motorized tricycles) in and around the capital city, Vientiane.  Tragically, the road fatality rate in Laos is one of […]

December 12, 2016

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PHOTO EXHIBIT: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee CONCHITA CARPIO MORALES

The Philippines is reputed to be one of the countries where large state resources are diverted to private gain and corruption is so “normalized” as to corrupt public morality itself. The creation of the Office of the Ombudsman (OMB) in 1987 was meant to be a major step in the country’s anti-corruption campaign, yet like […]

December 12, 2016

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PHOTO EXHIBIT: 2016 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee JAPAN OVERSEAS COOPERATION VOLUNTEERS

Scarred by the experience of war and tested by the demands of postwar reconstruction, Japan saw among her people the rising spirit of mutual help and commitment to peace and understanding in the world. A sterling example of this spirit is the community of Japan Overseas Cooperation Volunteers (JOCV), a program established in 1965 under […]

December 12, 2016