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Ashoka Award
February 4, 2009   
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Witold Klaus, the founder of the Association for Legal Intervention, which campaign's on behalf of Poland's marginalized, was awarded the "Social Nobel" Prize 2008 by international organization Ashoka, which supports initiatives that tackle social problems, and made a member of the organization Jan. 20.

Klaus founded the Association for Legal Intervention in 2005 aiming to overhaul Poland's legal system and institutions to help the country's most marginalized social groups. Klaus presented a report on institutional discrimination against foreigners in Poland the day he was awarded his prize. The report was based on the experiences of foreigners who had asked the Association for assistance.

Ashoka is an international non-profit organization set up in 1980 that operates in over 70 countries. It has a membership of more than 2,200 so-called social entrepreneurs. Sixty-four prize-winners have been admitted as members.

Ashoka brings together social entrepreneurs who help thousands of people around the world through their work in resolving pressing social problems. The organization also honors people who introduce social projects provided these meet the criteria of being a new idea, of entrepreneurial quality, social impact and with an ethical dimension. Ashoka provides social entrepreneurs with know-how and three-year grants to help build up their organizations. In Poland, these grants range from zl.2,500 to 4,000 per month net.

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