Broadcast internationally to millions around the world, “Ibu” Robin Lim, an American woman living in Ubud, Bali and operating the Bumi Sehat Foundation providing health care, birthing services and prenatal care, was named CNN Hero of the year during a December 11, 2011 (Los Angeles time) live broadcast.
Competing amongst 10 finalists selected by CNN for their humanitarian works, Robin Lim said: "Every baby's first breath on Earth could be one of peace and love. Every mother should be healthy and strong. Every birth could be safe and loving. But our world is not there yet."
A dedicated midwife who turns no one away seeking her assistance, Robin Lim will receive a US$250,000 award from CNN,
supplementing US$50,000 already received following her naming to the list of 10 finalists.
Lim works to reduce high maternal and infant mortality rates in Indonesia by providing affordable medical care.
Wearing a batik dress from Indonesia, Lim tearfully accepted the award handed to her by CNN’s
Plans are now underway in Bali to welcome back Robin Lim, a local hero of long standing and now the CNN Hero of the Year for 2011.
[Bumi Sehat Foundation]
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