Yorgui Teyrouz (Finalist)
2009
Lebanon

Yorgui became aware of blood shortages in Lebanon when a close friend needed a blood transfusion and the hospital he was admitted to could not provide the proper blood type. A frantic search ensued as friends, relatives, teachers, and coworkers were contacted for their support. By promoting voluntary blood donation, Yorgui seeks to change this attitude. In 2007, he launched “Donner Sang Compter”, encouraging Lebanese citizens to register with his database as donors on demand. “The name of the project is a play on words,” explains Yorgui, “designed to communicate the notion of giving blood generously without expecting anything in return.”