BABSON PARK, MA (April 7, 2015) — The Lewis Institute at Babson College will award five global social entrepreneurs with the 2015 Social Innovator Awards at an honorary on-campus event on April 8, 2015. The two teams from Partners in Health and Channels of Hope are being acknowledged and celebrated for their tireless efforts in creating extraordinary social ripples that change lives, transform communities, and, in many cases, impact an entire country.
Babson President Kerry Healey said, “Their stories and achievements are incredible examples of the power of social innovation and how entrepreneurial leaders can improve the lives of thousands of people around the world.”
Each year, The Lewis Institute’s Social Innovator Awards recognize recipients for their inspired and innovative commitment to helping solve important social challenges.
“At the Lewis Institute, social innovation is not about breakthrough innovations, but rather, breakthrough interactions,” said Cheryl Kiser, executive director of The Lewis Institute and the Babson Social Innovation Lab. “The cultivation of both usual and unusual relationships, and the curation of interactions that connect dots in new ways, address societal dilemmas more effectively and more sustainably.”
Recipients from Partners in Health, a nonprofit healthcare organization dedicated to providing healthcare access to the world’s poorest and most vulnerable communities, include:
Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and anthropologist, is the chief strategist and co-founder of Partners in Health. He is also a professor at Kolokotrones University, the Chair of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and the chief of the Division of Global Health Equity at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Dr. Farmer serves as the U.N. special advisor to the Secretary-General on Community-based Medicine and Lessons from Haiti, and has written extensively on health, human rights, and the consequences of social inequality.
Ophelia Dahl, a longstanding advocate for the health and rights of underserved populations, is the Executive Director and Chair of the Board for Partners in Health. In1983, she volunteered at the small Eye Care Haiti clinic in Haiti’s impoverished Central Plateau where she met Dr. Paul Farmer, and they have since been working together to deliver high-quality healthcare to those in need. She is a graduate of Wellesley College, a recipient of the Union Medal by Union Theological Seminary, and also Chairman of Dahl & Dahl LLP, managing the literary estate of her late father, the writer Roald Dahl.
The recipients from Channels of Hope, an innovative social model adopted by World Vision that engages community and faith leaders to respond to some of the most difficult issues affecting their communities, include:
Christo Greyling is the Director of Faith Partnerships for Development at Channels of Hope, and the originator of the Channels of Hope methodology. Today, Greyling manages the scale-up and integration of all Channels of Hope models across the World Vision partnership. He serves as Co-chair on the Joint Learning Initiative‘s learning hub on HIV and Maternal New Born and Child Health (MNCH), and is a member of the Capacity Building Hub at the Joint Learning Initiative on Faith and Local Communities (JLI F&LC). Greyling holds a post graduate degree in Theology from the University of Stellenbosch and a Master’s Degree in Public Heath from the Medical University of Southern Africa.
Logy Murray, who currently serves on the Management Board of the Christian AIDS Bureau for South Africa (CABSA) and as a consultant to World Vision, is a social worker, writer and development practitioner with years of experience in mobilizing Christian communities towards compassionate care and support. Participating in the founding of multiple South African organizations, including CABSA with Christo Greyling, Murray developed and implemented Churches, Channels of Hope in response to HIV.
Maclean Ndabezinhle Dlodlo is a Senior Advisor of Faith and Gender in Development for World Vision. His principal responsibility has been the development of faith partnership initiatives that contribute to community development outcomes. Dlodlo’s efforts have led to the convergence of the Catholic Bishops Conference, Zimbabwe Council of Churches, and the Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe to form a historic alliance for advocacy on national issues of social concern. He holds a Bachelor in Theology degree and has served in various capacities in the church and civic society.
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About World Vision:
World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization conducting relief, development, and advocacy activities in its work with children, families, and their communities in nearly 100 countries to help them reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity, or gender. For more information, please visit www.WorldVision.org/media-center/ or on Twitter @WorldVisionUSA.