Popular humanitarian and philanthropist, Barrister Zannah Mustapha has been listed this year’s CNN list of ten men and women who makes the world a better place.
The Humanitarian Times has in the past reported most of Mr Mustapha’s good work as the proprietor of Future Prowess Islamic Foundation school, a learning center that provides free education to children who have been orphaned by the ongoing Boko Haram insurgency in Borno state, Northeast Nigeria.
Mr Mustapaha, a barrister by profession, left the legal services many years ago to pursue his inherent heart desire – humanitarian and philanthropy
He has since became a recurring name in many international awards and accolades organisation either as nominee or award recipient for his good works at small school in the heart of Maiduguri where underprivileged kids get quality education regardless of which side of the conflict their parents stood before they passed on.
For this year’s (15th) Annual CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute which, according to Creator’s Empire, spotlight’s “the impactful work of people across the world since 2007, Barrister Mustapha emerge one of the ten persons who was recognised for doing selfless works that promises to make the world a better place.
According a report published by Creator’s Empire, Barrister Zan ah had for more than a decade “devoted his life to providing hope and peace for children in northern Nigeria caught in the epicenter of the Boko Haram insurgency.
The lawyer-turned philanthropist’s school gives psychological and social support to help the children deal with the issue of rauma.
Barrister Zannaj Mustapha said he currently has a total of 1,023 students who have graduated from his school with many that have vhh huh proceed to college or picked up some careers.
“These are children (who are) ravaged by the disturbances that Boko Haram has brought in,” he said. “Children … are not even having this war,” the humanitarian told Creator’s Empire
What inspired him:
According to the Creator’s Empire Mustapha said he believes the way to achieve true and lasting peace in the devastated region is through education, and he has defied all odds to keep the doors to his three schools open.
Starting the school program in 2007 with only 36 orphans the learning center has today expanded despite the ongoing hostility. As Mustapha continued to
expand to meet the needs of children, “he saw more and more women struggling when their husbands were killed in the conflict. So, he developed a program in which women could learn a trade to help support their families,” Creator’s Empire reported.
The caregiver said he still envisioned a Nigeria where there is no more violence, where education and acceptance are encouraged for all.
“(When I) see the faces of these children and how these children are dreaming, it gives me the hope that still there’s a light at the end of the tunnel.
Barrister Zanna’s detailed story could be read here
Other philanthropist and humanitarians listed are cause: Jenifer Colpas co-founded Tierra Grata in 2015, a non-profit that provides access to clean water, solar-powered lights and electricity along with eco-toilets and showers for remote rural communities throughout Colombia.
Another recipient on the CNN list was Lynda Doughty: best known as seal rescuer, who had for the past decade, used her nonprofit, Marine Mammals of Maine, to provide response efforts, assistance and medical care for more than 3,000 marine animals. The group monitors 2,500 miles of coastline and operates a 24-hour hotline, responding to calls about distressed or deceased marine mammals, and it has federal authorization to provide temporary care for critically ill and injured seals. Data gathered on these animals allows Doughty and her team to monitor trends in diseases and human impact on marine mammal health.
David Flink made the CNN List for creating “a new way to learn”.
He used his legendary ‘David Flink’s Eye to Eye” program to pair middle school children “who have a learning difference with a college or high school mentor who also has a learning difference.
Creator’s Empire said at the Eye to Eye’s 18-week program centers on a specific social-emotional learning objective, each lesson builds on the previous, moving students from self-doubt to empowerment.
The organization is in 150 schools nationwide and has more than 1,350 mentees impacting middle school children each week. Eighty percent of Eye to Eye students graduate from college — an impressive rate considering children with learning disabilities are three times more likely to drop out of high school.
Dr. Patricia Gordon got into the list for “Saving women from a preventable disease”.
She operates CureCervicalCancer, which provides screening, training and supplies to clinics around the world. The organization has since worked in 10 countries, including China, Haiti, Guatemala, Kenya, Nigeria, Tanzania and Vietnam.
The non-profit has screened more than 150,000 women and treated more than 8,600 to date. It has also established 106 sustainable clinics to screen and treat women in remote and underserved areas.
Her good work is reducing the over 350,000 women dying a painful, undignified death globally. And it’s almost 100% preventable,” she said.
Creator’s Empire has also reported that Hector Guadalupe is one the 10 persona in CNN’s list for “giving former prisoners a second chance”.
It was said that Guadalupe’s non-profit, ‘A Second U Foundation’, helps formerly incarcerated men and women get certified as personal trainers and build careers in the fitness industry so they can support their families. Guadalupe and his team of volunteers offer a free eight-week program for 10-15 students every quarter to prepare for the national certification exam.
In addition to study materials and exam fees, the program now also provides each student a free tablet with keyboard, transportation, new clothing, software classes and a $1,300 stipend. Coaches also mentor students, helping with far more than classwork.
Once students have passed the exam, Guadalupe helps them get jobs. More than 200 people have graduated from the program since 2016 and only two have reoffended — a recidivism rate of less than 1%.
On the list is also Michele Neff Hernandez who program ‘Finding a way through grief together’
Ms Hernandez, according to Creator’s Empire “created Soaring Spirits in 2008, three years after her husband’s death. Her nonprofit connects widows and widowers, allowing them to heal in a community that understands the pain of losing a partner. It has grown to include 70 regional chapters all over the US, as well as pen pals and programs specifically for the LGBTQ community.
To date, the organization has reached more than 4 million people worldwide”.
Shirley Raines’ work, Beauty 2 the Streetz, has earned her an enviable spot on the CNN list of 10 people whose work has made the world a better place
Creator’s Empire reported that “for the past six years, Raines and her organization, Beauty 2 the Streetz, have been a mainstay on Los Angeles’ Skid Row, providing food, clothing, hair and makeup services — and most recently health and hygiene items — to thousands of people.
Rain or shine, she sets up “shop” weekly at the corner of 5th and Townes to serve those she calls “Kings” and “Queens.” Her goal: to make the homeless feel human, whether that means a haircut, a facial, a hearty meal, or a hug.
Before the pandemic, Raines was making 400 meals a week in her one-bedroom apartment kitchen in Long Beach and driving three times a week to downtown LA to feed and bring supplies to people.
Dr. Ala Stanford who championed the campaign “Bringing Covid-19 testing and vaccines to Philly’s minority neighborhoods, got him a spot on the CNN list.
It was reported that “Since April 2020, Dr. Ala Stanford has been working to change Covid-19 vaccine hesitancy among people of color. Her group, the Black Doctors Covid-19 Consortium, has brought testing and vaccines to more than 75,000 residents of Philadelphia’s minority neighborhoods.
Throughout 2020, they provided free testing in the parking lots of local churches, mosques, community centers and SEPTA stations, eventually offering antibody testing and flu shots as well as Covid testing.
Made Janur Yasa introduced a plastic clean-up program that’s feeding families, and that earned him a spot on the list of CNN’s impactful persons.
According to Creator’s Empire, Mr Yasa’s non-profit, Plastic Exchange, allows local villagers in Bali, Indonesia, to exchange plastic trash for rice, a main food staple. This barter system benefits the environment and empowers the local people.
In May 2020, he hosted the first exchange in the village where he was born and raised. It was a success, and the concept quickly spread to other villages across Bali.
Villages hold community exchange events once a month in which residents can bring in plastic to trade in for rice. Yasa says the organization has so far helped feed thousands of families and collected nearly 300 tons of plastic for recycling.