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Kenyan among the shortlisted for CNN Hero Awards.

A Kenyan is one of the ten shortlisted candidates for this year’s CNN Hero of the Year Award. Dr Kakenya Ntaiya from Enoosaen in Transmara, Narok County has been shortlisted because of what has been described as 'inspiring change in her native Kenyan village.' After becoming the first woman in the village to attend college in the US, she returned to open the village’s first primary school for girls. Today, Ms Ntaiya helps provide an education - and much more - to 155 girls.

Ntaiya and Mr George Bwelle from Cameroon are the only contestants from Africa. Bwelle, for decades, watched his father suffer, unable to get the medical attention he needed. Now a doctor himself, Bwelle
travels into the jungles of his native Cameroon nearly every weekend, providing free surgery for those who don’t have access to health care.

Others include Dale Beatty, Robin Emmons, Danielle Gletow, Tawanda Jones, Richard Nares, Chad Pregracke, Laura Stachel and Estella Pyfrom all from the US.

CNN Top 10 Heroes of 2013 recognises everyday people who are changing the world. Online voting for the " CNN Hero of the Year" opened Thursday, October 10 at 8am and will run through Sunday, November 17 at 11:59pm.

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