April Laureate Highlights

This week the Hilton Prize Coalition showcases the work of five of its outstanding Laureates. This collection of news updates and featured blogs demonstrate the depth of the organizations that make up the Coalition. The Coalition seeks to amplify its members’ impact and promote collaboration in humanitarian assistance, human rights, development, education and health.

Scenes of Healing: Vijayawada Medical Mission captures snapshots of Operation Smile’s life-changing work and those who benefit from their services. The blog shows parents anxiously awaiting their children’s cleft surgery and patients seeing their new smiles for the first time. During the week-long program in Vijayawada, India, medical volunteers provided 93 patients with free, transformitive cleft surgeries.

On April 11, Covenant House president Kevin Ryan was present at the White House for the signing of the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act. The bipartisan bill allows human trafficking victims to bring civil action against website proprietors who knowingly facilitate criminal conduct. The stories of hundreds of young people who faced sex trafficking before coming to the Covenant House helped build a case for the passage of the bill.

In this blog, Saschveen Singh from Doctors without Borders/MSF describes a typical day of work providing healthcare to Burundian refugees in Tanzania. Each day varies from resuscitating a patient to planning for pharmacy supplies and training medical interpreters. Due to the lack of advanced tools and referral options, Saschveen has to rethink, and occasionally reinvent, the best ways to provide care to her patients.

The International Rehabilitation Council for Torture Victims plans to expand the use of the Anti-Torture Database. The database stores and analyzes data that can be used as evidence to advocate for the rights of torture survivors. According to Suraj Koirala, Executive Manager at Transcultural Psychosocial Organization Nepal, “The more centres that are using this Database and are collecting data in a uniform way, the stronger our collective voice becomes in the global fight against torture.”

The International Rescue Committee (IRC) highlights contributions refugees have made to society in this brief video. Inventions that were conceived by refugees have changed our everyday lives by improving technology, and the way we make doughnuts. The IRC helps people who have be devastated by conflict survive and regain control of their lives.


About The Hilton Prize Coalition
The Hilton Prize Coalition is an independent alliance of the 22 winners of the Conrad N. Hilton Humanitarian Prize, working together to achieve collective impact. Through three signature programs—the Fellows Program, the Collaborative Models Program and the Storytelling Program—the Coalition leverages the resources, talents and expertise of each of its members to innovate and establish best practices that can be shared with the global NGO and donor communities. Working in more than 170 countries, the Coalition is governed by a board comprised of the leaders of the Prize-winning organizations led by an Executive Committee and a Secretariat, Global Impact.

To learn more about the Hilton Prize Coalition, visit prizecoalition.charity.org, or contact prizecoalition@charity.org. Follow the Hilton Prize Coalition on Twitter and LinkedIn, and “Like” us on Facebook.

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