The Ramon Magsaysay Award Foundation


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CARD MRI: Seeds of Economic Independence

“Give man a fish and you feed him for a day.  Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” says the popular Chinese proverb.  But how can a man fish if he does not have the necessary tools?  2008 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee CARD-MRI has been lending millions of Filipinos microloans so […]

GAWAD KALINGA: Harnessing the Filipino’s Best

Bayanihan is a core essence of the Filipino culture. It is helping out one’s neighbor as a community, and doing a task together.  Today, through GAWAD KALINGA, the Filipino people (and our global neighbors) are working together to achieve our common dream: a slum-free Philippines.RelatedGawad Kalinga Community Development Foundation (Awardee) Gawad Kalinga and Antonio “Tony” […]

ANSHU GUPTA: Using Cloth to Change Lives

2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee ANSHU GUPTA founded GOONJ, a movement that gives people a sustainable platform to help communities become self-sufficient through efficient recycling of old clothes. Through his Greatness of Spirit, ANSHU GUPTA proves that giving and helping truly never goes out of style.RelatedGupta, Anshu (Awardee) An old man who died of Delhi’s winter cold […]

LECTURE PAPER: Community Leadership for Empowered Resource Management

2001 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee RAJENDRA SINGH from India is testament that with every drop of good intentions, every drop of good policies, and every drop of good decisions, when combined with effective action and Greatness of Spirit, can transform communities for the better.RelatedSingh, Rajendra (Awardee)

VIDEO: Let It Flow

When 2001 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee RAJENDRA SINGH brought rivers in rural India back to life, not only did he rehabilitate a degraded habitat, he also allowed economic activity, environmental sustainability and a rural development to flourish.  It does give new meaning to living water, doesn’t it?RelatedSingh, Rajendra (Awardee)

MAHABIR PUN: Making Nangi Part of the Digital World

Necessity is indeed the mother of invention.  Through his ingenuity, his desire to help his community and his Greatness of Spirit, 2007 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee MAHABIR PUN was able to connect his small mountain village to the digital world.  And that deserves a double tap.RelatedPun, Mahabir (Awardee) This is how Mahabir Pun explains why he […]

LECTURE PAPER: Weaving the Fabric of a Social Enterprise

2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee KOMMALY CHANTHAVONG believes in the power of women to change the course of their lives and their society.  In this lecture paper, she shares how her social enterprise, Mulberries, started from a small cottage business to the leading producer of top quality Laotian silk.  It’s not merely feminism; it’s Greatness of […]

LECTURE PAPER: Is There Hope for This Country?

War. Social unrest. Human rights violations. Crippling poverty. Technological paranoia. Political tensions.  Climate change.  The world seems to be on a downward spiral.  We have to ask ourselves the question: is there hope for the world?RelatedMeloto, Antonio (Awardee) 2006 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Antonio Meloto delivers a riveting and heartfelt lecture that points to a resounding […]

KOMMALY CHANTHAVONG: Weaving Better Futures for Women

One woman, through her Greatness of Spirit, has restored the art of silk weaving in her country, Laos, has established a thriving social enterprise for the women in her country and has empowered her society to create colorful tapestries of hope for themselves. To say that 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Kommaly Chanthavong has woven for […]

ANSHU GUPTA: Using Clothing to Save Lives

The phrase “give the shirt off one’s back” takes a whole new meaning using the lens of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay Awardee Anshu Gupta.  Through his groundbreaking organization, Goonj, he has literally changed India’s paradigm of giving and has restored the dignity of the receiver.  All this through the power of giving the shirt off one’s […]