Najah Bazzy, CEO and Founder of Zaman International, has been named a 2019 Top 10 CNN Hero. The announcement was made this morning on CNN's New Day by Anderson Cooper, who highlighted the transformative hope that Najah brings to hundreds of thousands of women and children living in extreme poverty.
Najah watched the segment live, surrounded by over 30 Zamanitarians, at the Hope for Humanity Center in Inkster. Upon hearing the news, she told everyone in attendance: "Congratulations! This is a celebration of the entire Zaman family. You are all heroes."
The Peabody and Emmy Award-winning campaign celebrates individuals who are making extraordinary contributions to help improve the lives of others. Cooper will be joined again this year by Kelly Ripa as co-host of the 13th Annual CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute. The awards show, which celebrates all Top 10 honorees, will air Sunday, December 8th at 8pm ET live from the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.
Beginning today, Zamanitarians can help make Najah the ‘CNN Hero of the Year’ by logging in via email or Facebook at CNNHeroes.com and voting daily. Viewers get 10 votes a day, every day through Tuesday, December 3rd at 11:59pm PT. This year, viewers can even double their votes by rallying friends on social media.
Each Top 10 CNN Hero will be awarded $10,000 and the ‘CNN Hero of the Year’ will receive an additional $100,000. The honorees will also receive free capacity-building training from the Annenberg Foundation, a leading supporter of nonprofits worldwide. They will participate in a customized version of the Annenberg Alchemy program in Los Angeles, CA, which offers leadership development to help strengthen organizations for long-term success. This is the eighth year of CNN’s collaboration with the Annenberg Foundation.
Reflecting on the opportunities afforded to CNN Heroes, Najah shared her excitement about what this means for the women and children Zaman serves:
"This journey has always been about how we spend our time in the stewardship of others. By raising our profile and funds needed to continue our mission, I truly believe we can break the cycle of poverty and alleviate suffering."