2017 World of Children Hero Awards

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - APRIL 12:  Emcee and CEO of ModernMom Brooke Burke-Charvet speaks onstage during World Of Children Award 2016 Alumni Honors at Montage Beverly Hills on April 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for World of Children Award)

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – Emcee and CEO of ModernMom Brooke Burke-Charvet speaks onstage during World Of Children Award 2016 Alumni Honors at Montage Beverly Hills on April 12, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Joe Scarnici/Getty Images for World of Children Award)

Since 1998, World of Children Award has invested $8 million in cash grants for program support to more than 100 Honorees who are the mainspring behind programs serving children all over the world. World of Children is a funding program that focuses on children’s only issues: health (including hunger and nutrition), education, safety, and human rights.

World of Children Award uses rigorous criteria and the organization selects only those individuals with a track record of success and proven sustainable programs for children in need.

On April 19, Wednesday, at the Montage Beverly Hills, the funding program will honor extraordinary individuals for their work with vulnerable children.

attends the World of Children Awards Ceremony on October 27, 2016 in New York City.

Lily Aldridge Followill attends the World of Children Awards Ceremony on October 27, 2016 in New York City.

Victoria secret model and child advocate Lily Aldridge Followill will present the first ever World of Children Crisis Award to CNN senior international correspondent/founder of INARA Arwa Damon, in recognition of her work for Syrian child refugees. INARA provides medical care for children with injuries who are unable to get medical treatment due to war. As being part of World of Children Award Followill mentioned, “As I’ve learned more about World of Children and become more deeply involved with their work, I understand more and more the tremendous power each one of us has to unlock the future for children who need it most.”

Three other honorees will receive a specially designed James Banks Design medal and a minimum cash grant of $20,000 to continue their outstanding work with children.

  • Dr. Jumana Odeh founder of The Palestinian Happy Child Centre in 1994 in Ramallah provides treatment to children with trauma and neurological disorders, as well as learning and developmental disabilities.
  • Dr. Jorge Rojas-Zegers from Chile founded COANIQUEM, treats young burn victims throughout Latin America free of charge.
2017 WOC Hero Award Honoree Dr Jorge Rojas-Zegers and patient

2017 WOC Hero Award Honoree Dr Jorge Rojas-Zegers and patient

  • Meghan Pasricha co-founded Global Youth H.E.L.P Inc. in 2003. The organization harness the power of youth by developing a global network of passionate youth leaders dedicated to creating positive change through a variety of programs.

TV Personality Brooke Burke-Charvet will return for her third year as the Master of Ceremonies for the event. Charvet said, “I think that anybody who has a small idea that becomes a big movement is remarkable and worth celebrating. it’s organizations like World of Children that are able to elevate them, and fund them, and support them.”

For more information, please visit www.worldofchildren.org or http://www.worldofchildren.org/events/2017-hero-awards/

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