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Anoop Jain from Humanure announced as Waislitz Global Citizen Award Winner

This past Saturday a very exciting announcement was made regarding the Waislitz Global Citizen Award. Check out this press release for the details:

WAISLITZ GLOBAL CITIZEN AWARD WINNER ANNOUNCED AT THE 2014 GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL ON THE GREAT LAWN IN CENTRAL PARK ON SEPTEMBER 27, 2014

Award Accepted by Founder of Humanure Power In Recognition of his Outstanding Leadership in the Fight Against Extreme Poverty

New York, NY, September 30, 2014 – On Saturday at the third annual Global Citizen Festival, Anoop Jain, Founder of Humanure Power, was awarded with the 2014 Waislitz Global Citizen Award, an annual $100,000 cash prize awarded to an individual who is working to make the world a better place.

The 2014 Waislitz Global Citizen Award recognized Anoop Jain for his exemplified values of a Global Citizen through his work in founding Humanure Power (HP) in Bihar, India. HHumanure Power was started in 2011 and builds community sanitation facilities in rural India. Humanure Power has already seen over 17,000 users, while hygienically disposing of eight tons of human excreta. This effort will prevent disease and improve productivity as toilets prevent water-borne diseases caused by fecal contamination, which affects broader health, social, and economic change desperately needed in India.

Chairman and Founder of the Melbourne, Australia, based Waislitz Foundation, Alex Waislitz said, "Ending extreme poverty is not a choice it's an obligation. Although there can only be one winner of this award each year, my hope is that it will inspire many thousands of people like Anoop Jain around the world to do what they can to improve the living standards of those in dire need."

Humanure Power will use this $100,000 to advance its mission of improving access to toilets for thousands of people living in rural India. They will do this by building more community sanitation facilities. In addition, this money will go towards formalizing their monitoring and evaluation methods. Demonstrating impact will be key in garnering support from government agencies, foundations, and private donors, and will ultimately open the door to sustained support.

In addition, Jain’s work through Humanure Power aligns with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s commitment to put a toilet in every household and school in India by 2019 -- a commitment the Prime Minister reiterated in his remarks on stage at the 2014 Global Citizen Festival.

The Waislitz Global Citizen Award is based on individual merit in four key areas: global citizenship, impact, innovation, and potential, and was voted on by global citizens across the world.

For more information about Humanure Power, and the Waislitz award, visit: www.globalcitizen.org/waislitzaward.