Celebrate with CNN Heroes this weekend. CNN Heroes: 15 Years of Changing the World is on Saturday at 9 p.m. ET. Then find out who is the 2021 CNN Hero of the year. The 15th Annual CNN Heroes All-Star Tribute is live on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET.
Over the years, some of the Heroes’ missions have evolved as they’ve responded to new challenges. We caught up with some Heroes who found new ways to help those who need it most.
Here are some of the ways that our Heroes are continuing to give back.
“We wanted to make sure that an American’s ZIP code didn’t determine the ease with which they had access to a Covid-19 vaccine.”
“We’re in this together, and so it behooves us to try to protect the most vulnerable people.”
“Getting the vaccine to this population absolutely is saving lives. I just feel that everyone matters and has value and that everyone should be included.”
“We provide them with a safe space. We go around making sure the kids are online, on track, on task, and able to complete their assignments and progress.”
Helping Afghanistan through turmoil
“They stood shoulder to shoulder with us for over 20 years. We need to bring them home.”
“Sadly, there’s always going to be a need for animal welfare somewhere in the world. So once our staff are happily resettled, then we’re gonna look at where we can go next.”
Razia Jan was honored as a CNN Hero in 2012 for her efforts to educate girls in a rural community outside of Kabul through her non-profit, Razia’s Ray of Hope. Her school had grown to have more than 800 students when the Taliban took over in August. While girls up to age six have been allowed to return to class, older students were barred from attending school. But Jan has gotten permission for them to use the school library so they can continue their education at home. She is eager to return to Afghanistan so she can advocate for her students.
“I’m not fearful at all. If I’m there, I can negotiate with them. The Taliban, they have mothers, sisters, wives. And if you don’t educate them, that is such a loss.”