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The Opus PrizeGeorgetown University

Opus Prize

The Opus Prize recognizes unsung heroes of any faith tradition, anywhere in the world, solving today’s most persistent social problems. Given annually, this $1 million faith-based humanitarian award and awards for the other finalists are collectively one of the world’s largest faith-based, humanitarian awards for social innovation. Recipients are selected on the basis of their entrepreneurial spirit and abiding faith to address global issues like poverty, illiteracy, hunger, disease, and injustice.
On November 13, Georgetown University and the Opus Prize Foundation, awarded the 2013 Opus Prize to Sakena Yacoobi, founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning in Afghanistan. The Fahmina Institute in Indonesia and Sister Carol Keehan, president of the Catholic Health Association in Washington, DC, each won $75,000. More information about the prize is available on the foundation’s website.

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FahminainstituteFahmina Institute
Established in 2000, the Fahmina Institute, based in Cirebon, Indonesia, is a non-profit and non-governmental organization active in the fields of religious studies, strengthening civil society, and community empowerment. Today it is considered one of the major centers for progressive Islamic research, teaching, and...



CarolkeehanCarol Keehan
Sister Carol Keehan, D.C., is president and CEO of the Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). In her current position since 2005, she played a significant role in the passage of the Affordable Care Act. Before joining CHA, Keehan worked in administrative and governance positions at hospitals sponsored by...



SakenayacoobiSakena Yacoobi
Sakena Yacoobi is the founder of the Afghan Institute of Learning (AIL), an Afghan women-led NGO that provides teacher training to Afghan women, supports education for boys and girls, and provides health education to women and children. AIL works at the grassroots level to empower women and communities to find ways to...