2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award

Bharat Vatwani(India)

Bharat Vatwani(India)

In electing Bharat Vatwani to receive the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes "his tremendous courage and healing compassion in embracing India's mentally-afflicted destitute, and his steadfast and magnanimous dedication to the work of restoring and affirming the human dignity of even the most ostracized in our midst."

Sonam Wangchuk(India)

Sonam Wangchuk(India)

In electing Sonam Wangchuk to receive the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes "his uniquely systematic, collaborative and community-driven reform of learning systems in remote northern India, thus improving the life opportunities of Ladakhi youth, and his constructive engagement of all sectors in local society to harness science and culture creatively for economic progress, thus setting an example for minority peoples in the world."

Youk Chhang(Cambodia)

Youk Chhang(Cambodia)

In electing Youk Chhang to receive the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes "his great, unstinting labor in preserving the memory of the Cambodian genocide, and his leadership and vision in transforming the memory of horror into a process of attaining and preserving justice in his nation and the world."

Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz(East Timor)

Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz(East Timor)

In electing Maria de Lourdes Martins Cruz to receive the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes "her pure humanitarianism in uplifting Timor Leste’s poor, her courageous pursuit of social justice and peace, and her nurturing the development of autonomous, self-reliant, caring citizens, so vital in new, post-conflict nations in the world."

Howard Dee(Philippines)

Howard Dee(Philippines)

In electing Howard Dee to receive the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes his quietly heroic half-century of service to the Filipino people, "his abiding dedication to the pursuit of social justice and peace in achieving dignity and progress for the poor, and his being, by his deeds, a true servant of his faith and an exemplary citizen of his nation."

Thi Hoang Yen Vo(Vietnam)

Thi Hoang Yen Vo(Vietnam)

In electing Vo Thi Hoang Yen to receive the 2018 Ramon Magsaysay Award, the board of trustees recognizes "her dauntless spirit and prodigious energy in rising above her condition; her creative, charismatic leadership in the sustained campaign to break down physical and mental barriers that have marginalized PWDs in Vietnam; and for being a shining, inspirational model for the young in her country and elsewhere in the world."

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