WANGO Awardees: Circle of Excellence

WANGO Awards have been presented to 31 organizations and eight individuals since 2002. Together they comprise WANGO’s Circle of Excellence of past award recipients. Among them are Rotary International; the Bahrain Women Association for Human Development; Inuit Circumpolar Council; Dr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza, former director general of UNESCO; H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand; and the late H.E. Kenneth Kaunda, founding president of Zambia. A list of all awardees can be viewed below.

Statements of Past Awardees

"We must continue to encourage each other to be agents of change, and be among the small group of people who make things happen, rather than watch them happen."

Dr. Wangari Maathai
Founder, Green Belt Movement
2004 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

"[I am] honored to be part of this community, helping to heal, not to hurt. And, there is nothing so powerful as the human act of giving."

Yusuf/Cat Stevens
Founder, Small Kindness

"The NGO community has a very important role in helping to mobilize the people, in helping vest them with the recognition that they do have the power and the duty to make a difference."

Daniel Lubetzky
Founder, PeaceWorks Foundation
Founder, KIND Snacks

"After we received the award, we were acknowledged by the government and were inspired to translate the WANGO Code of Ethics into Arabic."

Dr. Wajeeha Al-Baharna
Vice President, Bahrain Women Association for Human Development

"We are headed to a world of teams, teams of teams that are working together in flexible ways. Now a team means that everyone on the team needs to be a player. In a world of very fast change, that means they have to be a changemaker. … The WANGO membership are the very cutting edge of that revolution."

Bill Drayton
Founder, Ashoka
Tourism for Peace Award
Gerard "Jerry" Inzerillo
Literary Peace Award
H.E. Dr. Jamal Sanad Al-Suwaidi
Environment Award
World Information Transfer (WIT)
Universal Peace Award
H.E. Dr. Ibrahim Gambari
Education Award
International Foundation for Education and Self-Help (IFESH)
Universal Peace Award
Bill Drayton
Bicentennial Award for Service to Humanity
Hospicio de San Jose
Education Award
Challenging Heights
Education, Media & the Arts Award
World Association of Early Childhood Education (AMEI-WAECE)
Environment Award
Ecotrópica - Fundação de Apoio à Vida nos Trópicos
Humanitarian Award
SurfAid International
Peace & Security Award
The Center for Conflict Resolution and Reconciliation (CCRR)
Universal Peace Award
Chief Oren Lyons
Civil Society Development Award
Ashoka
Education Award
South Society for Special Education
Environment Award
Altai Foundation of Russia
Human Rights Award
Free the Children
Peace & Security Award
Paz y Cooperación
Century of Service to Humanity and Society Award
Rotary International
Education Award
Bharatiya Jain Sanghatana (BJS)
Humanitarian Award
Ladies Charitable Society (LCS)
Peace & Security Award
Roots of Peace
Society & Health Award
Hogar Crea Dominicano
Civil Society Development Award
STAR Kampuchea
Environment Award
Buccoo Reef Trust
Humanitarian Award
Small Kindness
Family & Peace Award
United Families International (UFI)
Peace, Security & Reconciliation Award
Peace Works Foundation
Universal Peace Award
H.E. Kenneth David Kaunda
Environment Award
Green Belt Movement
Human Rights Award
Congress of Racial Equality (CORE)
Universal Peace Award
H.R.H. Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn
Education Award
African American Islamic Institute
Environment Award
Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC)
Family & Peace Award
Institute for Responsible Fatherhood and Family Revitalization
Human Rights Award
Bahrain Women Association for Human Development
Interreligious Cooperation Award
Bishop William E. Swing & United Religions Initiative
Peace & Security Award
Arias Foundation for Peace and Human Progress
Universal Peace Award
Dr. Federico Mayor Zaragoza


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