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Who Is The Ultimate Impact And Education Game Changer?

First Posted: 10/13/11 09:55 AM ET   Updated: 10/18/11 05:40 PM ET

HuffPost's Game Changers series celebrates 100 innovators, visionaries, and leaders in 12 categories who, whether working in the spotlight or under the radar, are changing how we look at the world and the way we live in it. We salute them for their willingness to take risks and question the status quo.

Below, check out the nominees for HuffPost's 2011 Game Changers in Impact and Education.

Voting for the Ultimate Impact and Education Game Changer is now closed. Thank you for your participation!

Conor Grennan
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Changed the game by: Reconnecting trafficked children to their families.

In 2004 -- after eight years at the EastWest Institute (EWI), working on peace and reconciliation in the Balkans and anti-trafficking policy -- Conor Grennan embarked on a year-long international adventure. His first stop was war-torn Nepal, where he volunteered at the Little Princes Children's home, where he learned that the children there were victims of human trafficking. "These weren't orphans, they were kids who had been lost to their parents for years." Soon after, he moved to Kathmandu, Nepal, and started Next Generation Nepal, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reuniting trafficked children with their families. He published his story this year in Little Princes: One Man's Promise to Bring Home the Lost Children of Nepal.

He said it: "The trafficking is not as bad as it was during the war, but it continues today. There are different excuses now - that there is no education in the village, or that the children need to have a future outside the village. There is nothing wrong with migration to the city, but these children and parents are taken advantage of, exploited. That's why we are still working so hard to prevent it."

Must-click: Next Generation Nepal

(Photo Credit: Keoki Flagg)
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