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Kisah warga Belanda Chaim Fetter di Lombok

Kisah  Chaim Fetter mendirikan Yayasan Peduli Anak di Lombok


13 Desember 2014 11:05 – Penulis: Arai Amelya – kapanlagi[dot]com

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Manusia memang mempunyai kisah kehidupan masing-masing yang berbeda. Apa yang kamu alami dalam hidup tentu berbeda dengan yang dialami orang lain. Beruntung mereka yang pernah merasakan pedih dan kerasnya hidup hingga bisa bangkit lebih kuat lagi. Hal itulah yang dialami oleh bule Belanda bernama Chaim Fetter.

Nama Fetter beberapa waktu lalu sempat ramai diperbincangkan karena dirinya dituding melakukan upaya Kristenisasi ketika hendak mendirikan Yayasan Peduli Anak di kota Lombok, Nusa Tenggara Barat. Selama ada di sana, Fetter harus rela merasakan getirnya hidup berjuang demi menunjukkan tekadnya yang sekeras baja, seperti dilansir Merdeka.

Kamu pasti akan merasa sangat sulit ketika menjadi orang asing dan harus menuju wilayah terpencil. Bisa saja niat baikmu itu ditanggapi berbeda oleh penduduk lokal, hal itulah yang dialami oleh Fetter. Fetter sampai menjelaskan kepada penduduk lokal di Lombok bahwa dirinya bukanlah Atheis atau Kristen. Dimana dirinya adalah seorang Believers (orang yang tak punya agama tapi percaya adanya Tuhan).

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Chaim Fetter. Pria Belanda dengan cinta besar ke Indonesia ©Merdeka

Jelas saja apa yang diungkapkan Fetter itu membuat para warga yang mayoritas Muslim takut sehingga menuding Fetter melakukan aksi permurtadan. Namun tekad Fetter untuk membantu anak-anak jalanan di Lombok memang begitu kuat. Dia membuka dialog dengan para warga dan tokoh agama setempat. Komunikasinya yang intens dengan penduduk lokal, membuat Fetter jatuh cinta dengan Islam. Setiap hari melihat warga salat dan mendengar azan, Fetter merasakan bahwa Islam memanggil dirinya hingga pria berusia 33 tahun ini memilih menjadi mualaf.

Fetter pun mengungkapkan tekadnya menjadi Muslim kepada ulama setempat. Proses perpindahan keyakinan itu disaksikan oleh banyak orang dan membuatnya gugup luar biasa kala harus membaca dua kalimat syahadat. Kendati gemetar, tekad Fetter pun kuat. Kini sembari membesarkan Yayasan Peduli Anak di Lombok, Fetter pun belajar sedikit demi sedikit menjadi Muslim yang taat seperti belajar salat dan mengaji.

Jalan hidup Fetter memang berliku. Namun pria Belanda ini membuktikan bahwa cintanya kepada Indonesia memberikannya kekuatan dan keberanian. Semoga saja aksi Fetter yang mencintai dan peduli anak-anak Indonesia ini bisa membuat kamu juga terinspirasi ya.

(mdk/aia) Editor: Arai Amelya

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Website Yayasan Peduli Anak Lombok yg didirikan Chaim Fetter:

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Who we are?

When our founder was traveling through the rural areas of Indonesia in 2005, he was confronted with the lives of street children. Moved by the harsh conditions under which they grow up and their lack of any opportunity towards a better life, he decided to make a difference.

Together with his childhood friend he founded the Peduli Anak Foundation on the remote Indonesian island of Lombok. They bought 1.5 hectares of land in the middle of the rice fields and started to build a project area with shelters, schools and medical facilities from scratch. Currently, almost 10 years later, Peduli Anak employs almost 60 local staff and provides residential care, family care, medical and healthcare services to hundreds of underprivileged children. We were happy to see that over time the foundation became the example in Indonesia with regards to operating charity organisations.


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Our Story

PEDULI ANAK FOUNDATION·THURSDAY, 18 JANUARY 2018

Peduli Anak Foundation, also known as Yayasan Peduli Anak and LKSA Peduli Anak, helps underprivileged children and their families by providing them with the necessary residential care, family care, education, medical care and legal aid.

Preventing child abuse and exploitation and providing access to education and medical care are the fundamental goals of the Peduli Anak Foundation; goals that reflect the UN Millennium Goals and the assumptions as stated in the UN Convention of the Right of the Child.

How to Get in touch


Address :

Indonesia
Jalan Dharma Bakti
Desa Langko, Lingsar
Lombok Barat – NTB 83371

Phone : +62 370 6171993

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Carlos Ferrandiz, menemukan cinta di Hu’u

Inspirasional People – Carlos Ferrandiz dari Barcelona, Spanyol.


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Profesinya sebagai pengacara bergaji besar tak lantas membuatnya bahagia. Ia justru memilih jalur kemanusiaan, dengan mendirikan Harapan Project.


Pantai Lakey, di selatan Pulau Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat, menjadi tujuan utama Carlos Ferrandiz beberapa tahun lalu. Pantai ini kerap menjadi tujuan para wisatawan mancanegara karena keindahan pantainya.

Banyak peselancar juga menantang dirinya untuk menaklukkan ombak Pantai Lakey yang terbilang unik karena bergerak dari arah kiri. Karena itu, banyak yang menyebutnya pantai dengan ombak kidal.

Keindahan dan keunikan itu berbaur dengan kehidupan masyarakat sekitarnya. Carlos melihat banyak warga yang membuka lapak dagangan di pinggir pantai. Anak-anak kecil tampak berbaur dengan para turis asing.

Ia lalu tergerak untuk pergi ke Desa Hu’u yang dekat dengan Pantai Lakey. Di sana, Carlos berkunjung ke tiga dusun: Ncangga, Hu’u, dan Nangadaro. Kemiskinan menjadi pemandangan umum di tiga dusun itu.

Di Ncangga terdapat banyak rumah kumuh dan hanya terdapat dua toilet umum. Di Hu’u pemukiman warga lebih renggang dibanding dusun lainnya. Sementara, di Nangadoro, berada di ujung selatan Kabupaten Dompu, penduduknya lebih padat.

Peristiwa pada 2005 lalu itu masih tertanam dalam ingatan Carlos. Banyak anak di sana tidak sekolah. Fasilitas kesehatan dan pendidikan pun minim. Kondisi itu bagai bumi dan langit dengan pulau pertama yang ia kunjungi saat datang ke Indonesia, yaitu Bali.

“Saya kaget melihat perbedaan dua pulau itu,” tulis Carlos dalam surat elektronik yang ia kirimkan ke Beritagar.id pada Senin (31/07/2017).

Tapi uniknya, menurut dia, anak-anak tampak bahagia dengan kondisi serba terbatas itu. Ada yang tak punya pakaian, apalagi mainan. Kalau sakit, mereka tak punya biaya untuk ke dokter. “Tak peduli bagaimana pun hidupnya, mereka selalu tersenyum,” kata pria lajang berusia 37 tahun ini.

Hal ini bertolak belakang dengan kehidupan di negara asalnya, Spanyol. Banyak anak di selatan Benua Eropa itu punya mainan dan baju terbaik. Mereka punya akses pendidikan dan kesehatan gratis. Tapi nyatanya, mereka tak merasa bahagia, malah kurang senyum.

Dari rasa prihatin melihat kemiskinan di Hu’u, Carlos akhirnya memutuskan mengabdikan dirinya untuk mengubah kondisi masyarakat di sana melalui pendidikan dan kesehatan. “Saya memutuskan hidup saya harus bisa mengubah orang-orang ini. Begitulah Harapan Project lahir,” ujarnya.

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Anak-anak di Desa Hu’u, Dompu, Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat sedang bermain bola.© Harapan Project /Harapan Project

Mengajar dengan gembira

Beritagar.id pada akhir bulan lalu berkunjung ke tiga dusun, tempat Carlos mengabdikan dirinya. Kami kemudian mendatangi kamar nomor tujuh Hotel Balumba yang menjadi Kantor Harapan Project.

Di kamar seluas lima kali enam meter itu, Carlos menjalankan aktivitasnya dalam membantu warga Desa Hu’u di bidang kesehatan dan pendidikan. Di kamar itu pula Carlos kadang mengajak anak-anak desa untuk belajar.

Namun, karena takut para tamu merasa terganggu, Carlos tak lagi menggunakan kamar itu untuk belajar. Ia memutuskan menggunakan fasilitas sekolah di sekitar Desa Hu’u. Setiap jam 14.00 WITA, Carlos menjemput anak-anak ke sekolahnya memakai mobil yang ia beli di Bali. Jam belajar ini akan berakhir pada 18.00 WITA.

Awalnya, ia hanya mengajarkan bahasa Inggris. Anak-anak yang datang tampak antusias mengikuti pelajaran. Mereka bahkan mengajak orang-orang di Desa Hu’u. “Dari anak-anak sampai orang tua akhirnya ikut belajar,” kata Carlos.

Saking senangnya belajar, Carlos sampai harus melerai anak-anaknya yang kerap berkelahi untuk dapat duduk paling depan. Kepala Dusun Nangandoro, Samsul, mengatakan hal serupa. “Anak-anak merasa senang dengan Carlos. Kalau ia datang, mereka langsung mengerubunginya dan bermain bersama,” ujar Samsul.

Carlos pun tergerak untuk mengajarkan anak-anak itu hal lainnya. Mata pelajarannya bertambah. Matematika, geografi, ilmu pengetahuan dan teknologi, serta seni juga ia ajarkan kepada muridnya. Setelah pelajaran, ia mengajak anak-anak bermain voli, sepak bola, berselancar, dan bulu tangkis.

Namun, apa yang ia lakukan saat ini bukanlah tanpa tantangan. Menurut Carlos, anak-anak di Hu’u tak terbiasa dididik. Mereka mudah hilang konsentrasi dan merasa lelah ketika belajar. Di rumah, anak-anak juga tak pernah membuka buku. Perkembangan pendidikan mereka pun cenderung lambat.

Selain tantangan dari diri anak-anak, para orang tua pun tak menciptakan kondisi belajar-mengajar yang kondusif. Mereka lebih senang melihat anaknya bekerja di ladang pada sore hari. Mereka juga berpikir tak akan mampu membiayai anaknya sampai kuliah, jadi lebih baik mengajarkan soal menanam jagung dan budidaya rumput laut.

“Saya sangat mengerti ketidakpercayaan mereka terhadap pendidikan, karena orang tuanya pasti tidak mampu membiayai pendidikan anaknya,” ujar Carlos.

Dari tantangan yang dihadapi di lapangan, Carlos berinisiatif akan memulai program baru di bidang pertanian. Hal tersebut rencannya dilakukan untuk mengajar masyarakat lokal cara mengembangkan produksi pertaniannya.

“Saya ingin mengajarkan warga lokal bagaimana caranya mengambil susu dari hewan dan menghasilkan keju dan yogurt,” katanya.

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Carlos Ferrandiz saat mengajar di kelas (foto kiri) dan berolah raga dengan anak-anak di Desa Hu’u, Dompu, Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat (foto tengah) beberapa waktu lalu. Arian Ahmad (18) menunjukkan bekas operasi di lengan kirinya (foto kanan).© Harapan Project (foto kiri dan tengah), Junaidin (foto kanan) /Harapan Project, Beritagar-id

Membantu kesehatan 1.400 anak

Selain di bidang pendidikan, Carlos juga mengabdikan diri di bidang kesehatan. Saat kami tiba di Dusun Ncungi, Ramlah (32) menyambut kami dengan semangat sembari menceritakan aktivitas Carlos dalam membantu pengobatan anak-anak dan ibu-ibu yang melahirkan.

Tak lama setelah itu, Ramlah memanggil seorang anak bernama Arian Ahmad (18). Ia menceritakan, bahwa Arian Ahmad pernah dibawa ke rumah sakit Sanglah Bali oleh Carlos.

Pada saat itu tangan Arian patah akibat jatuh dari pohon. Arian pun dioperasi. Selama proses pengobatan selama beberapa minggu, keluarga Arian tak menguarkan biaya apa pun.

“Saya menolong semua anak sakit di wilayah Huu, saat ini berjumlah sekitar 1.400 orang,” kata Carlos. Jika rumah sakit di Dompu tidak bisa menangani, Carlos akan membawa anak-anak yang sakit ke Bali.

Selama delapan tahun tinggal di Indonesia, ia mengaku sudah membayar lebih dari 120 operasi. Jumlah tersebut di luar dari warga yang penyakitnya ringan. “Saya juga menangani kampanye kesehatan, seperti program malaria dan isu kebersihan,” ujarnya..

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Carlos Ferrandiz (kanan) saat mengajar murid-murid di Desa Hu’u. Dompu, Sumbawa, Nusa Tenggara Barat, beberapa waktu lalu.© Harapan Project /Harapan Project


Saya hanya mengembalikan apa yang saya terima dari orang Indonesia.

Carlos Ferrandiz


Ia mengakui sampai hari ini belum bisa mengumpulkan dana yang cukup untuk membiayai semua program Harapan Project. Jumlah rata-rata yang ia keluarkan untuk menjalankan keseluruhan program per tahun tidak kurang dari Rp300 juta, belum termasuk anak-anak yang membutuhkan operasi medis.

Carlos biasanya mencari uang ketika kembali ke Spanyol pada Juli sampai Desember. Namun, itu pun tak mudah karena ia seorang diri mengerjakan semuanya.

Hanya cinta yang bisa membawa Anda kepada kebahagiaan. Dan inilah yang saya temukan di Hu’u,” katanya.

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Bermula dari keluarga

Orang tua Carlos mendidiknya untuk selalu menolong orang lain. Sejak berumur enam tahun, ia punya kegiatan rutin mengunjungi orang-orang yang terkena gangguan mental dan psikis.

Didikan orang tua yang selalu ia ingat adalah untuk selalu mengapresiasi hidup dengan cara membantu orang yang membutuhkan. Karena itu, ia tergerak untuk menggagas misi kemanusiaan.

Padahal, kehidupan Carlos di Spanyol cukup mapan. Ia bekerja sebagai pengacara di kantor akuntan publik yang bergengsi, PriceWaterHouse Coopers. Gajinya besar. Tapi itu tak memuaskan hidupnya. Ia malah merasa tak memiliki apa-apa.

“Saya hanya membantu orang kaya menyelesaikan pekerjaan mereka,” begitu ia menggambarkan profesinya.

Dari perjalanan hidup itu, Carlos memutuskan ke Bali hingga berjalan-jalan di Sumbawa. Sejak itu, ia merasa Indonesia adalah negara terindah di dunia. Ia merasa nyaman dan bahagia bersama orang-orang di sini.

“Mungkin ada negara yang lebih indah, tapi saya berbicara tentang warganya. Orang Indonesia luar biasa, saya selalu senang diajak ke rumah mereka dan diberi sepiring makanan,” ujar Carlos.

Menurutnya, orang Indonesia tidak peduli seberapa miskin dirinya, tapi selalu senang berbagi apa pun yang mereka miliki. Ia merasa dicintai oleh warga. Baginya, tidak ada gaji di dunia yang bisa membayar itu.

“Saya selalu mengatakan bahwa saya hanya mengembalikan apa yang saya terima dari orang Indonesia,” katanya.

Source: Britagar

World’s Inspirational People

Source: biographyonline

This is a selection of inspirational people, people who have made a lasting contribution towards creating a better world. These people have inspired others by their various achievements, but also by their attitude and values.

Note: This does not aim to be a fully comprehensive list, rather it provides a start for further research. If you would like to suggest anyone else who you feel is inspirational, feel free. 


Nelson Mandela (1918–2013) Campaigned for justice and freedom in his native South Africa. Mandela spent 20 years in jail for his opposition to apartheid. After his release, he became the first President of Democratic South Africa and helped heal the wounds of apartheid by his magnanimous attitude to his former political enemies. 

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Mikhail Gorbachev (1931–) Had the courage, tenacity and strength of character to give up the absolute power of Soviet Communism. Gorbachev moved the Soviet Union towards democracy and respect for human rights. In doing so he enabled the Berlin Wall to come down and Eastern Europe gained freedom from Communist control.

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Martin Luther King (1929–1968) Inspiring leader of the non-violent civil rights movement. Inspired millions of people, black and white, to aspire for a more equal and just society.

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Jesus Christ (c5 BCE–30 CE) Prophet and the inspiration of Christianity. Taught a message of love, forgiveness and faith. He was born in a turbulent period of Roman rule, and after his crucifixion, his message inspired millions around the world. 

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William Wilberforce (1759–1833) Fought tirelessly for ending the slave trade, at a time when many accepted it as an ‘economic necessity’. He awakened the conscience of many of his fellow countrymen and helped to make slavery appear unacceptable. 

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Albert Einstein (1879–1955) His theories of relativity were a very significant scientific breakthrough. As well as being a genius scientist, Einstein was also a champion of human rights and campaigned for a more peaceful world.

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Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826) One of the United States of America’s founding fathers. Jefferson helped draft the Declaration of Independence and he held a deep-seated belief in human rights. Jefferson passed one of the first bills on religious tolerance in his state of Virginia. He sought to improve education and was a noted polymath with a wide range of interests. 

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Mother Teresa (1910–1997) A modern day saint who sought to identify with and offer compassion to the unloved and destitute. She lived a life of voluntary poverty and service to the poor. 

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Abraham Lincoln (1809–1865) Abraham Lincoln overcame many setbacks to become the most influential American President. In his famous Gettysburg speech, he inspired the nation with his noble words and helped to bring about the abolishment of slavery. 

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) One of the greatest minds in human history. In many areas he was a couple of centuries ahead of scientific discovery. He helped make great advances in anatomy, astronomy, physics, science and in other fields as well. Amidst all this, he found time to paint the most iconic picture in history – The Mona Lisa. 

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Helen Keller (1880–1968) Despite disability of both deafness and blindness, she learned to read and write, becoming a champion of social issues and helping to improve the welfare of deaf people. 

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Muhammad Ali (1942–2016) Champion boxer and great character. Ali refused to fight in the Vietnam war and became a champion of civil rights and African interests. When asked how he would like to be remembered, Ali said: “As a man who tried to unite all humankind through faith and love.” 

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Joan of Arc (1412–1431) As a young, illiterate peasant girl, Joan of Arc inspired the Dauphin of France to defeat the English. Although burned at the stake for ‘heresy’, her prophecy of French unity came true after her death. 

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Benjamin Franklin. (1706–1790) Great polymath and promoter of American ideals at home and in the US. A practical man of great dynamism and good character. 

Benjamin Franklin


Mahatma Gandhi (1869–1948) Gandhi was the principle figurehead of the Indian independence movement. Taught a philosophy of non-violence and peaceful protest. 

Mahatma Gandhi


Florence Nightingale (1820–1910) Nightingale volunteered to nurse soldiers during the Crimean War.  Her statistical analysis of the pitiful conditions she found, and her management of them, helped to revolutionise the service of nursing and the treatment of patients. 

Florence Nightingale


Harriet Tubman (1822–1913) Tubman escaped from slavery but returned on many dangerous missions to Maryland where she helped lead slaves to freedom. She also served as agent and leader during the Civil War. 

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Winston Churchill (1874–1965) In the worst moments of 1940, the Nazi war machine looked invincible as it swept through Europe. Churchill inspired the free nations to keep alive the fight against the tyranny of Hitler’s Germany. 

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Anne Frank (1929–1945) Anne Frank was nobody special, just an ordinary teenage girl. But she became a symbol of how ordinary people can get caught up in Man’s inhumanity. Despite the most testing of conditions, Anne retained an optimistic spirit and faith. 

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Socrates (469 BC–399 BC) Socrates showed the power and integrity of independent thought. He taught by encouraging people to honestly question their preconceptions. His method of self-enquiry laid the foundations of Western Philosophic thought. 

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George Orwell (1903–1950) George Orwell was a democratic socialist who fought in the Spanish civil war on the side of the republicans. He gave up his privileged education to spend time with the unemployed of the Great Depression. His greatest contribution was warning about the dangers of totalitarian regimes, whatever the ideology may be behind them. 

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Buddha (c 563–483BCE) The Buddha was a young prince who gave up the comforts of palace life to seek the meaning of life by meditating in the wilderness. After gaining realisation, the Buddha spent the remainder of his life travelling around India teaching a middle path of meditation and inner peace. 

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Sri Chinmoy (1931–2007) An Indian spiritual teacher who combined the best of Eastern and Western cultures. He founded the Sri Chinmoy Oneness-Home Peace Run, a world-wide run to promote peace and greater understanding. 

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William Shakespeare (1564–1616) Shakespeare remains the king of English literature. His plays and poetry captured the richness and diversity of human existence in the most powerful and poetic way. 

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St Therese de Lisieux (1873–1897) A Carmelite nun, who died aged 24, unknown to the world. Yet after her death her simple writings had a profound effect, becoming one of the best selling spiritual writings. Her approach was a simple approach of doing the smallest acts with love. 

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Desmond Tutu (1931–) Nobel Peace Prize winner. Campaigner against apartheid and instrumental in promoting human rights and justice. Tutu helped to heal the wounds of apartheid in South Africa. 

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Eleanor Roosevelt (1884–1962) Helped draft United Nations declaration of human rights. Strived to improve civil rights in the US. Inspired many people because of her positivity, compassion and self-giving. 

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Edward Jenner (1749–1823) Led pioneering work on the development of an inoculation against the deadly smallpox. Opened up the way to more immunisation treatments, arguably saving the lives of millions of people around the world. 

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Jesse Owens (1913–1980) Jesse Owens’ four gold medals at Hitler’s 1936 Olympics in Berlin was one of the great moments of sport, which helped to puncture the Nazi ideology of Aryan supremacy. Jesse Owens was a modest hero who remained a great ambassador for Sport. 

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Akbar (1542–1605) The great Moghul Emperor who went a long way to uniting India under his rule. Although a great warrior, Akbar was also known for his love of culture, music and philosophy. He introduced enlightened laws on religious tolerance in his kingdom and encouraged representatives of different religions to come to his court. 

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Sir Isaac Newton (1642–1727) One of the greatest scientists of all time. Isaac Newton led the foundation of modern physics with his development of theories on gravity and mechanics. 

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Leo Tolstoy (1828–1910) Influential Russian author, whose great epics include War and Peace. His philosophy of non-violence and a return to rural simplicity inspired other politicians such as Gandhi. 

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Emil Zatopek (1922–2000) Greatest long distance runner, winning three gold medals at the 1954 Olympics. He was a principled supporter of Czech democracy, being sent to work in mines for his opposition to the Communist government. 

Emil Zatopek


Emily Dickinson (1830–1886) One of the most popular female poets who wrote unique, uplifting poems which captured the imagination of many people. 

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Sri Krishna (c. 3000 BCE) Sri Krishna was a great Spiritual Teacher who gave the immortal discourses in the Bhagavad Gita, teaching a practical yoga for all. 

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J R R Tolkien ( 1892–1973) Writer and creator of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Tolkien was a modest professor at Oxford University, but found time to create a whole mythical world. 

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William Blake (1757–1827) Mystical poet and artist. William Blake wrote poems of great depth and power, celebrating both the joys of spirit and nature, and also fiercely criticising the injustice of the times. 

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Pope John Paul II (1920–2005) Lived through two totalitarian regimes, eventually becoming a priest and then the first Polish pope. He was a charismatic spiritual leader who retained great faith in moral and spiritual values. 

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Mozart (1756–1791) Music genius who composed a range of breathtaking music from piano concertos to his immortal Requiem. 

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Swami Vivekananda (1863–1902) a direct disciple of Sri Ramakrishna, Vivekananda helped spread Sri Ramakrishna’s message and mission to the West. 

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St Teresa of Avila (1515–1582) Christian mystic and writer. She also played a key role in the Spanish church at a time when women were largely marginalised. 

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B.R Ambedkar (1891–1956) Indian social reformer. Ambedkar was born in the Mahar ‘untouchable’ caste, but became a pioneering political activist and social reformer. He was the principle figure in the drafting of the Indian Constitution, which outlawed ‘untouchability’ and promoted equality. 

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Marie Curie (1867–1934) Marie Curie is the only person to win a Nobel Prize for both Chemistry and Physics. Her discoveries with radiation helped advance medical science. Her achievements were even more remarkable at a time when few women had the opportunity to gain education. 

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Woodrow Wilson (1856–1924) Woodrow Wilson had a vision for a League of Nations a forum where nations could come together to solve disputes. The League of Nations struggled to make an impact before the Second World War, but his vision was important in the development of the United Nations. 

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Susan B. Anthony (1820–1906) Susan Anthony was an active member of the American Anti-Slavery Society, despite meeting hostility she continued to press for an amendment to the US constitution to outlaw slavery. She was also a prominent women’s rights activist who helped push forward the women’s suffrage campaign in the Nineteenth Century. 

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Rosa Parks (1913–2005) Rosa Parks became a well respected figurehead of the American civil rights movement. Rosa showed what ordinary people can do when they stick fast to their beliefs in testing conditions. 

Rosa Parks


Tom Paine (1737–1809) English-American writer and political activist. He wrote influential pamphlets arguing for independence for the US,  and the end of slavery. He was a key figure of the enlightenment and age of reason, supporting the revolutionary principles of US and France. 

Tom Paine


Charles Darwin (1809–1882) Darwin published his Origin of Species detailing a belief in evolution at a time when such a decision was very controversial. 

Charles Darwin


Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906–1945) was a Lutheran Pastor who was an influential critic of Hitler and Nazism, executed in 1945. His theology and writings remain influential today. 

Dietrich Bonhoeffer


Dalai Lama (1938– ) The fourteenth Dalai Lama has been awarded the Nobel Prize for his non-violent resistance to Chinese rule. The Dalai Lama teaches a path of tolerance and compassion. 

Dalai Lama


Rabindranath Tagore (1861–1941) Poet, writer, humanitarian, Tagore was the first Indian to be awarded Nobel Prize for Literature. 

Rabindranath Tagore


Oprah Winfrey (1954– ) Influential talk show host. Oprah Winfrey has become a role model for African American women. 

Oprah Winfrey


Maximilian Kolbe (1894–1941) was a Franciscan priest who encouraged devotion to Mary and was committed to praying for those hostile to the Church. In 1941, he was arrested for sheltering Jews and sent to Auschwitz. He volunteered to take the place of a man condemned to death. 

Maximilian Kolbe


Eric Liddell (1902–1945) Eric Liddell won Olympic gold in the 400m in the 1924 Paris Olympics. He is also famed for turning down the opportunity to compete in the 100m because the heats were on a Sunday. Eric was an accomplished sportsman also representing Scotland at rugby union. 

Eric Liddell


Pope Francis (1936– ) The first Jesuit pope and the first pope from the Americas, he has sought to reform the Vatican and the Catholic church. Pope Francis has stressed the importance of humility, modesty and concern for the poor. He is seen as a reforming Pope, trying to bring back the tradition of emphasis on the Gospels. 

Pope Francis


Malala Yousafzai (1997– ) Pakistani schoolgirl who defied threats of the Taliban to campaign for the right to education for girls. She survived being shot in the head by the Taliban and has become a global advocate for women’s rights, especially the right to education.

Malala Yousafzai