This past year, protests against rising fuel prices, alleged political corruption and poor economic conditions in Haiti have led to widespread unrest, violence and even death. And in Cite Soleil, a desperately impoverished neighborhood in the capital of Port-au-Prince, conditions for children are even more dire. But amidst Cite Soleil’s garbage, disease and gang warfare, Daniel Tillias has created a youth empowerment program called SAKALA that provides after school sports and academics, gardening, community development and conflict resolution, creating a safe oasis for kids. The organization serves 200 young people a year with programs to keep them developing and working towards brighter futures.
Video: CNN Hero Daniel Tillias