- EnCouraging Today’s Heroes / Training Tomorrow’s
This nonprofit honors Giraffe Heroes—compassionate risk-takers who are largely unknown, people who have the courage to stick their necks out for the common good, in the US and around the world.
When we tell their stories over social and traditional media, others are moved to stick their necks out too, helping solve significant public problems important to them. Our books, blogs, curricula, speeches and trainings help them succeed.
As long as there are Giraffe Heroes , there's hope. Telling the series of heroes may be the oldest strategy in the world for motivating people into brave, compassionate action—and it works.
We offer you here—
- A free database of those real heroes. Its searchable—so you can easily dial up Giraffe Heroes by gender, location, age, etc. Want a collection of heroes' stories focussed on the environment? Or women's issues? Or peace-making? Or whatever? A few clicks and you've got it.
- A way to nominate a hero you've spotted
- Materials for classrooms from kindergarten thru high school
- Speakers for events
- Coaching tips to help you move into action yourself on problems that concern you
- News from our global partners
- Stories of courageous compassion that little kids can listen to, and
- Cool stuff you can buy—shirts, buttons, stickers and such.
- All those who/what/why details you'll want to check out when you have time.
Here's a short video of Giraffe Heroes' stories to give you a taste of the power of the inspiration they provide—inspiration the Giraffe Heroes Project has been sending across the world since 1984,
You believe in real heroes, right? Like the ones who inspired YOU?
So keep us going so we can inspire (and offer training) to thousands more people, sending them into action on the public problems that test our times.
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More Giraffe Heroes
This is Sister Megan Rice, a nun for most of her 80+ years and a peace activist since the 1980s. She had been arrested more than three dozen times and had done time twice when she and two other peace activists performed what was called the most serious security breach in the history of US nuclear facilities. They cut through fencing at the "most secure" of all US nuclear weapons plants, walked over to its Highly Enriched Materials building, then hung anti-war banners and painted...more
Andy Hall, a Brit, works for Finnwatch, a world-wide nonprofit that spots human abuses around the world and works to stop them. When Hall called out Thailand's National Fruit Company for the way it treats its workers, he asked to work with them on improving their operations. The company needed to stop using child labor, taking away foreign workers' passports, and ignoring Thai laws that give workers paid sick days and leave. The...more
This is Catherine Hamlin MD, who left her home in Australia in 1959 to provide gynecological care to poor women in Ethiopia. At 90, she's still doing that, focusing on one of the most distressing medical/social issues imaginable: obstetric fistulas.
This is an injury that women can suffer if they have no medical assistance at a difficult childbirth. If you don't know about it, that's because it probably doesn't happen where you live. But it happens a lot in Ethiopia, leaving...more
This is Hanna Hopko. She braved snipers' bullets in Kiev during a citizens' uprising that brought down a corrupt government there. Now she's leading a rapidly growing citizens' movement that's doing more than rising up and demanding change--they're writing new legislation that makes government open, just and democratic, then pressing legislators to pass these new laws. Her car's been destroyed and her life threatened but Hopko has led...more
Imagine you're 11 years old and your body is twisting from scoliosis, causing you constant physical pain and making you look very different from other kids. You're scheduled for surgery to straighten your spine and your mom takes a "before" picture so you'll have a history of how you once looked. But instead of hiding the picture away in a drawer, you decide to put it online so people will understand what scoliosis does, and so that others who are dealing with it might be less tempted...more
Bob Bajek, a reporter on a small-town newspaper in Illinois, came up with a Big Story: the town's recreational lake, where residents fished, swam, and boated, was highly toxic--a now defunct military base had dumped Agent Orange in the water. He also found that the area's air had been polluted; the town had burned some buildings on the base that were full of asbestos. OK, then there's the ground water--dangerous chemicals used on the...more
There were no protections for whistle-blowers in South Africa when businesswoman Wendy Addison reported her own corporate bosses for breaking the law. She was fired, got death threats, and was blacklisted, even in England, where she took her young son, hoping to re-start her career. She now writes and speaks about the vital role whistle-blowers play in making sure institutions don't break laws or endanger public health and safety.more
This is veteran environmental activist, Xiuhtezcatl Roske-Martinez. He's 12. And he's been working to save his beloved Colorado for half of his life. It started when he saw that the forest near his home was changing. Trees were dying, plants and animals were disappearing, and the fires were getting larger, happening more often. The six-year-old took the microphone at a public gathering and started telling people what he was seeing,...more
Allan Adam is Chief of the Athabasca Chipewyan nation, whose lands lie within Alberta, Canada. These First Nation people have formal treaty rights that protect their lands from being taken or used by outsiders, but that treaty has been repeatedly broken by one abuse after another. Now it's oil companies, who want to extract tar sands. Allan Adam is fighting day and night, in the courts and in the media, to protect his people's health,...more
Sangduen Chailert, known as "Lek," puts in 18-hour days caring for sick and injured elephants in a protected reserve she co-founded, the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand.
The dwindling elephant population is a world-wide concern and Chailert is in the thick of saving them in her country. Doing so has endangered her own safety: She campaigns against "crushing," the stabbing, beating, and starving that handlers do in...more
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