The Asia 21 2007 Public Service Award

Odanadi staff (Odanadi seva Samsthe website)

Winner of the Asia 21 2007 Public Service Award:

Odanadi seva Samsthe
Odanadi Seva Samasthe runs a relentless campaign to expose and curb the flesh trade. Odanadi has emerged as a leading and powerful voice advocating the cause of prostituted women in India. (INDIA)

Finalists for the 2007 Public Service Award:

Ziquitza Healthcare Ltd.
ZIQITZA Healthcare Limited (ZHL) was incorporated in the year 2002 with the objective of rolling out a nationwide chain of emergency medical services, to provide medical help for saving human lives. The core objective of ZHL is to fill in the vacuum in emergency medical service in the Indian health care delivery channels. (INDIA)

Mann Deshi Bank
Mann Deshi Mahila Sahakari Bank (Mann Deshi Bank) is a licensed cooperative bank in Maharashtra run "by and for women." Founded in 1997 by Ashoka Fellow Chetna Gala Sinha, Mann Deshi Bank specializes in micro-loans as seed funding for women entrepreneurs in rural communities. Programs are designed to empower women and improve their quality of life by promoting education, health, property rights, leadership, and technology. (INDIA)

Living River Siam
Living River Siam is a campaign-based organization, working to support local community rights to their rivers, and to oppose threats to rivers and riverine ecosystems in mainland Southeast Asia, such as large dams and water diversion projects. (THAILAND)

Mobile Creches
Mobile Creches was founded in 1969 in Delhi on the belief that every child has the fundamental right to security, education, health care, and protection. Running day care centres on construction sites for the past 33 years, Mobile Crèches has run over 450 centres in Mumbai, Delhi, and Pune and reached out to over 300,000 children. Program field of activity: Children in the age group between 0-12 years of migrant labourers, especially mothers who work at construction sites and slums. (INDIA)