International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop
We've all seen horrific images of young children displaced by war. There are 12 million of them, under the age of eight. But the International Rescue Committee and Sesame Workshop have a plan to bring Muppets, educational material and targeted assistance to an entire generation of children who have suffered trauma, are living in difficult circumstances, have lost family members - and have no access to education. Services would be tailored to "reflect and mitigate the adverse effects of experiences of refugee children and their parents," according to the partnetship, in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Syria.
Himalayan Cataract Project
"There are 18 million people on our planet suffering in total blindness who could have perfect sight," said Dr. Jeffrey Tabin, co-founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project. This project is committed to fixing that. And, after developing a low-cost lens cataract surgery for around $25 per person in Nepal, it already restores site to over 200 people a day. Tabin hopes to use this grant to build a health system in Nepal, Ethiopia and Ghana - and create a model that can be scaled worldwide by using a "train-the-trainer model," according to the project, to provide low-cost cataract surgery to everyone who needs it, eliminating unnecessary cataract blindness.