#TBT – Recognizing 3 Important Heroes in Southeast Asia, Then and Now

2012 Honoree Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon
2012 Honoree Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon
The internet has a funny way of creating trends. One such trend is “Throwback Thursday” (common abbreviated as #TBT on social media). Why Thursday? Probably because it has a nice “ring” to it.

Well, it just so happens that all of our Honorees throughout the years have been awarded on a Thursday. So it just makes sense, on this day that we memorialize the past each week, that we take a moment to “throwback” to the Thursdays of yesteryear when three important Honorees received their Awards:

  • » Kenro Izu: Awarded on Thursday, November 6, 2014
  • » Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon: Awarded on Thursday, October 25, 2012
  • » Sanphasit Koompraphant: Awarded on Thursday, November 1, 2001

What do each of these men have in common? Each one has been influential in changing the lives of thousands of children in Southeast Asia. Our Founders are currently on a humanitarian trip to the region visiting Cambodia, Laos and Thailand while checking in on each of these Honorees and their high-impact programs for children.

As we remember the Thursdays they were honored and the children they have served, we look to the future and see how the lives of thousands of children will continue to be changed forever because of their gold-standard programs, and because of supporters like you that make their work possible.

We are so privileged to honor them then and now. Please help us by sharing their images below on your social media outlet of choice.

Kenro Izu

2014 Health Award Honoree
Friends Without A Border
Cambodia / Laos

Throwback Thursday to Kenro Izu

Kenro is part of our newest class of Honorees. In 1999, he founded Friends Without A Border and built a world-class children’s hosptial in Cambodia named Angkor Hospital for Children. Most recently, Kenro opened a brand-new, state-of-the-art hosptial for children in Laos. Each hospital treats hundreds of children each day, completely free of charge.


Learn more about Kenro | Help provide compassionate medical care | Nominate a hero for the Health Award | The 2014 Awards Ceremony

Benoît Duchâteau-Arminjon

2012 Humanitarian Award Honoree
Krousar Thmey

Throwback Thursday to Benito

Once a successful businessman in France, Benoît (or “Benito”) left all that behind to create educational opportunities for deaf and blind children in Cambodia, and to provide safety for children living on the streets. Krousar Thmey (meaning “New Family”) was founded in 1991 and today has more than 60 programs operating across the nation serving hundreds of children each day.


Learn more about Benoît | Nominate a hero for the Humanitarian Award | The 2012 Awards Ceremony | Re-live the visit to Krousar Thmey

Sanphasit Koompraphant

2001 Kellogg’s Child Development Award
Center For The Protection Of Children’s Rights

Throwback Thursday to Sanphasit
Sanphasit was one of the first to expose the issues of child trafficking, abduction and prostitution in Thailand and the Mekong region. He was one of the first World of Children Honorees, being honored only 3 years after the organization’s inception. Today, he continues his work for children in Thailand by serving on the committee for CPCR and by assisting to draft legislation that will provide greater rights and protections to the children of Thailand.


Learn more about Sanphasit | The other 2001 Honorees

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