Freweini Mebrahtu is the 2019 Hero of the Year on CNN



In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

CNN's 2019 Hero of the Year Freweini Mebrahtu poses with her award after the show. Mebrahtu was honored for his incredible work of removing cultural stigma around times in parts of the developing world. She designed and patented a reusable pillow in 2005 and together with her team produce 750,000 reusable pillows a year at her plant in Ethiopia. Nearly 800,000 girls and women have benefited from her work.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

From left, the top heroes of 2019 Woody Faircloth, Mark Meyers, Richard Miles, Roger Montoya, Afroz Shah, Freweini Mebrahtu, Najah Bazzy, Zach Wigal, Mary Robinson and Staci Alonso are on display at the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday, December 8th.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

2019 Top 10 CNN Hero Mark Meyers quits his career to start the biggest sanctuary for neglected and abused donkeys. Today, the non-profit donkey rescue of the peaceful valley has rescued 13,000 animals to date.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Actress Alfre Woodard presents 2019 Top 10 CNN Hero Richard Miles. Miles spent 15 years in a Texas prison after being wrongly charged. Dallas' nonprofit, Mile of Freedom, aims to help people move and stay out of prison. Miles of Freedom help individuals return home from prison by helping them gain identity, enroll in college and provide housing, as well as computer and career training, financial literacy programs and job placement.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

2019 Top 10 CNN Hero Freweini Mebrahtu holds her award on stage. Mebrahtu worked with the non-profit dignity to end the issue by talking to schools and teaching girls and boys that menstruation is natural and not shameful.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

2019 Top 10 CNN Hero Mary Robinson receives her award on stage. Robinson founded the not-for-profit Imagine, a Center for Loss Management to create what he didn't have after his death when he was 14 – a place to mourn. In downtown Mountainside, New Jersey, children learn to deal with grief with other children who have lost a parent, brother or sister.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Nominee Kelly Ripa presents 2019 Young Wonder Jahkil Jackson with his award on stage. When Jackson was just 8 years old, he started Project I Am. He and his nonprofit create and distribute bags of hygiene products and other essentials to help people in their daily lives.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

2019 Top 10 CNN Hero Staci Alonso receives her award on stage. Alonso opened Noah's Animal House, a full-service pet shelter located on the ground of a domestic violence shelter in Las Vegas in 2007.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Anderson Cooper Lilly and Kelly Ripa's Chewy Dog appear on stage during the CNN Heroes: All-Star Tribute.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Hero Roger Montoya speaks on stage after accepting his award. Montoya brings the healing power of the arts to local children in northern New Mexico, a center of the opioid epidemic with one of the highest drug-related mortality rates in the country. The non-profit Moving Arts Española has been offering art lessons, free meals, guidance and support to more than 5,000 children and young people since 2008.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Top 10 CNN Hero Najah Bazzy embraces the Kelly Ripa backstage after accepting her award. Bazzy runs Zaman International, a non-profit organization that now supports poor women and children of all backgrounds in the Detroit area. Today, Zaman manages a 40,000-square-foot facility in Detroit's Inkster suburb, and the team helped provide more than 250,000 people with food, clothing and furniture for free.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Hero Zach Wigal speaks on stage at the 2019 CNN Heroes Awards. Wigal is the founder of Gamers Outreach, a non-profit organization that ensures that children who cannot leave their hospital rooms during long-term medical care can play video games while recovering.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

2019 Top 10 CNN Hero Afroz Shah smiles as he accepts his award. Shah started collecting rubbish from Mumbai's Versova Beach every Sunday morning with a neighbor in October 2015. By October 2018, Versova Beach was finally clean and Shah's clearances were extended to another beach and other areas. India.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Woody Faircloth receives his award on stage. Faircloth was honored by actress Kathy Bates and actress Paul Walter Hauser from the upcoming film "Richard Jewell".

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

From left, CNN's Top 20 Heroes Woody Faircloth, Afroz Shah, Richard Miles, Freweini Mebrahtu, Mary Robinson, Zach Wigal, Najah Bazzy, Mark Meyers, Staci Alonso and Roger Montoya reach the red rug at the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday, December 8th.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Hosts Kelly Ripa and Anderson Cooper Laughing With 2019 Top 10 CNN Heroes On The Red Carpet Before CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Brooklyn Prince blows a kiss on the red carpet.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

CNN anchors John Berman and Alisyn Camerota pose for photographers.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Actress Alfre Woodard arrives for CNN Heroes: A Tribute to All Stars at the American Museum of Natural History. Woodard is the presenter of the event.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

From left, in 2019 Young Wonders, Bradley Ferguson, Jemima Browning, Jahkil Jackson and Grace Callwood walk the red carpet.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Actress Anupam Kher takes a photo on his cellphone while walking the red carpet.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Stranger Things actress Caleb Mclaughlin arrives on the red carpet.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Katherine McNamara attends CNN Heroes: A Tribute to All Stars at the American Museum of Natural History.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Actress Kathy Bates attends CNN Heroes: A Tribute to All Stars at the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday, December 8.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Student athlete Nathan Bain and a visitor pose on the red carpet at the American Museum of Natural History on Sunday, December 8.

In 2019, CNN's Heroes: An All-Star Tribute

Actress Julia Stiles arrives on the red carpet.