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Bunker Roy and Malala Yousafzai Selected for Clinton Global Citizens Awards

Sep 24, 2013 12:03 IST

India environmentalist Bunker Roy and Pakistan's teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai on 23 September 2013 declared as winners of the Clinton Global Citizens Awards for the year 2013.

About Bunker Roy

Bunker Roy is the founder of the Barefoot College, which has been providing solutions to problems in rural communities for more than 40 years. As a result of Barefoot's work, one million litres of rainwater have been harvested to provide clean drinking water to over 239000 school children in more than 1300 communities worldwide.

The Barefoot Approach is a proven community-based model, providing basic infrastructure for power and water in remote, rural areas, as part of an integrated solution to alleviating global poverty. The model of community-owned, managed, and financially sustained household solar light systems is replicated in more than 54 countries, empowering more than 600 Women Barefoot Solar Engineers and providing clean energy access to 450000 people in nearly 1650 communities throughout India, Africa, Latin America, the Pacific, and Asia.

Bunker Roy also named one of the 50 environmentalists who could save the planet by the Guardian and one of the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine.

About Malala Yousafzai

Sixteen-year-old Malala Yousafzai, who, after being shot by the Taliban for her outspoken support for girls' education, has co-founded the Malala Fund to continue advocating for universal access to education.

The Clinton Global Citizen Awards were launched in 2007 to honour outstanding individuals for their visionary leadership, demonstrated impact, and sustainable and scalable work in solving global issues.

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