Efren Peñaflorida wins 2009 CNN Hero of the Year

We should not allow anything and anyone to stop us from learning – not even poverty. This is the very message why Efren Peñaflorida embarked into a project to teach less fortunate kids. For Efren, its a matter of opportunity and determination – education is within reach for everyone.

Because of his unselfish endeavor – Efren was nominated as one of the finalist of the prestigous CNN 2009 Hero of the Year.

What do you know? The Lord really blessed the people who help other people. Efren Peñaflorida with his “pushcart classroom” has been named the 2009 CNN Hero of the Year. More than 2.75 million votes were cast in the seven weeks of online voting at CNN.com.

Peñaflorida will receive $100,000 to continue his work with the Dynamic Teen Company. The other nominees were each honored with a documentary tribute and will each receive $25,000.

Congratulations Efren! Keep up the good work. Thank you for making us Filipinos proud.

God is really good.

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