CNN unveils the top 10 CNN heroes of 2018


Programming Note: Find out who will be the hero of the CNN year: Anderson Cooper hosts the "CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute" on Sunday, December 9 at 8 pm ET.

Their stories will take you.

The top ten Heroes of this year include a doctor who struggles to break the cycle of violence, a woman who helps the injured walk again and a teacher who uses the power of writing to pick up and cure despair.

Each of these heroes will receive a cash prize worth $ 10,000. One out of 10 will be called "CNN Hero of the Year", and will receive an extra $ 100,000 for his / her cause.

Their efforts will be celebrated during a TV show that will be heard around the world. "CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute", the guns live on Sunday, December 9, at 8 pm ET.

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin: Driving Girls from Poverty

The cause of:

Abisoye Ajayi-Akinfolarin left his career to teach computer programming to girls in Lagos, Nigeria, where Facebook and Google opened offices this year. A 2013 survey found that less than 8% of Nigerian women are employed in professional, managerial or technological jobs. Ajayi-Akinfolarin hopes to change this statistic.

Who helped:

Since 2012, its Pearls Africa Foundation has helped more than 400 disadvantaged girls aged 10 to 17 to acquire the technical skills and the confidence they need to transform their lives. Through the Foundation's free GirlsCoding program, girls receive HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Python and Scratch training and visit technology companies to help them portray themselves in the industry. Many come from slums or other difficult circumstances, such as orphanages, prisons, and even camping for those who had to leave the Boko Haram fighters.

She says:

"Technology is a place dominated by men, why should we leave it to the guys?"

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Maria Rose Belding: Eating hungry

The cause of:

Maria Rose Belding wants to help feed the millions of Americans who do not regularly eat by linking them to the huge amounts of food in America that are wasted – they are estimated at up to 40%. He collaborated with a college student to develop a free online platform called MEANS, which places businesses that have additional foods in contact with charities that feed the hungry.

Who helped:

It works largely from high schools and students, the non-profit organization has helped redistribute more than 1.8 million pounds of food since 2015.

She says:

"MEANS is aimed at facilitating food donation rather than placing it in the bucket. We are like a bridge that did not exist before."

Read more about Maria Rose Belding

Amanda Boxtel: Helping the injured walk again

The cause of:

Amanda Boxtel survived a terrible ski accident and her doctors said she would not walk again. He rejected these expectations with the help of machines called Bionic costumes of exoskeletons, which inspired Boxtel to create Bionging Bionics. Nonprofit provides high-tech physical therapy to people with disabilities near Aspen, Colorado.

Who helped:

Natural Bridging Bionics therapists work one-on-one with customers at local gyms, creating customized rehabilitation plans based on mobility issues. Customers are treated for issues ranging from spinal cord injuries to neurological disorders such as multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy and Parkinson's disease. The organization has offered free or low-cost treatment sessions to over 60 people, helping them overcome their injuries and do something that doctors never thought possible: walk again.

She says:

"People must begin to believe in themselves and their potentials. Life is not over, it can still recover."

Read more about Amanda Boxtel

Rob Gore: Breaking the Circle of Violence

Its cause:

As a hospital hospital in Brooklyn, New York, Rob Gore saw the effects of violence very closely. So, in 2009, Gore and a few volunteers launched the Kings Against Violence Initiative (KAVI), which works with high-risk high school students, teaching them conflict mediation and conflict resolution.

Who helped:

KAVI launched anti-violence programs at Kings County Hospital, local schools and the wider community, serving more than 250 young people. The non-profit institution also provides "hospital correspondents" to help the victims of violence and their families.

He says:

"Violence is everywhere they turn … You want to make sure they can learn how to process, deal with and overcome it."

Luke Mickelson: Making a place for kids to sleep safely

Its cause:

In 2012, Lucas Michlsson was shocked to learn that there were children in need in the town of Twin Falls, Idaho, who were forced to sleep on the floor because they had no beds. Using the security instructions and his daughter's bunk as a model, Mickelson began using his own money to buy wood and supplies for bedding for these children. She played friends and family members to help. With the spread of the word, interest and engagement have increased.

Who helped:

Mickelson founded Sleep in Heavenly Peace, a non-profit institution that has built and delivered more than 1,500 beds for children across the United States. Charity has been developed to include training courses, manufacturing manuals and more than 65 local chapters at national level.

What is he saying:

"These guys … did not get into this situation because of their choices. The need I have is to see the joy of children's faces, knowing I can make a difference. "

Read more about Luke Mickelson

Susan Munsey: Rescuing victims of sex trafficking

The cause of:

As a teenager, Susan Munsey was engaged in prostitution in Southern California, where she learned about first-hand abuse of young women. Eventually he managed to escape the world to become a clinical social worker and psychotherapist. In 2009, Munsey founded GenerateHope, a nonprofit company that offers a safe place for survivors of sexual trafficking to cure and build new lives. The group provides long-term housing, treatment, education and medical care.

Who helped:

To date, Munsey says GenerateHope has been a haven for more than 100 victims – some up to 18. Participants are taking classes to get trapped in high school and prepare for college. They receive treatment centered on their traumatic experiences. Women can stay in GenerateHope's safe house for up to two years and benefit from a variety of support services with volunteers such as horseback riding and art, dance and yoga.

She says:

"I always knew God would use that time that somehow prevented me. I was not just wasting time."

Read more about Susan Munsey

Florence Phillips: Teaching newcomers in America

The cause of:

Florence Phillips has remained in Kenya, Guatemala and Jamaica for years, working on community projects and teaching English. When he returned to the US, he eventually settled in Carson City, Nevada, where immigrants make up about 20 percent of the state's population. Recognizing the need, Phillips launched the non-profit ESL In-Home program in North Nevada, which provides free English as a second language (ESL), citizenship, high school equivalent, and computer classes.

Who helped:

Since 2004, the nonprofit has helped more than 5,000 immigrants and their families.

She says:

"My students … are very proud of being here, learning English, learning our culture and seeing pride when they say, I am an American.

Read more about Florentine Phillips

Ricardo Pun-Chong: Comfortably sick children and their families

Its cause:

Dr Ricardo Pun-Chong spent a lot of time in the hospital rounds throughout Lima, Peru. Day by day, she noticed families sleeping on the floors. Far from home and their loved ones and incapable of paying for a place to stay in Lima, many families were found homeless while fighting for the lives of their children. He decided to do something about them.

Who helped:

Since 2008, the non-profit company Pun-Chong, Inspira, provides free housing, meals and total support for sick children and their families while undergoing treatment. The organization helped more than 900 families who have come from all over Peru.

He says:

"When I am with these children, and I feel how strong they are, I understand that there are no problems we can not solve."

Read more about Ricardo Pun-Chong

Ellen Stackable: Treatment of women prisoners

The cause of:

While working on her graduation, Professor Ellen Stackable was surprised to learn that her headquarters in Oklahoma has the highest prison rate in America. Stackable found that many female prisoners were for the first time non-violent offenders. They listened to their stories and began to understand their difficult life.

Who helped:

In 2014, she decided to use the power of creative writing to help imprisoned women by starting non-profit poetic justice. During weekly classes in the five Oklahoma prisons, detainees meditate and learn about poetry and creative writing. Volunteers help ideas and pay special attention. At the end of the class, women share their work with each other. For Stackable – whose team has reached over 2,500 women – courses offer a healing way for women to work in the past and find treatment.

She says:

"I see these women become confident and confident, I just want to find hope, if they can find hope, they can change their lives."

Read more about Ellen Stackable

Chris Stout: Champion of military veterans in need

Its cause:

When the American US Army veteran, Chris Stout, returned from Afghanistan to Kansas City of Missouri, he was struggling with injury and PTSD. He was disappointed with the gaps and inefficiencies he saw. He also saw the homeless veterans living on the street because they felt that traditional homeless shelters were unsafe or did not have private life.

Who helped:

In 2015, he and some friends left their jobs and started the Community Veterans Program, which created a small village village for homeless veterinarians. The team also links veterinarians with life-changing services. The first 13 small houses opened in January and another 13 will be completed this November. The Group's approach center helps residents as well as any local veterans who have access to bus passes, housing locations, job placement, legal services, food store, wardrobe and emergency financial assistance. So far, the team has helped more than 8,000 veterans.

He says:

"We are the place to say" yes "first and all the other elements later … We serve anyone who has ever raised his hand to defend our Constitution".

Read more about Chris Stout

CNN's Meghan Dunn, Laura Klairmont, Kathleen Toner and Allie Torgan contributed to this report