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Haitian Partner Malya Villard-Appolon Named a CNN Hero!

Posted on: Friday, April 27, 2012

Keywords: Haiti, Latin America and Caribbean, Combating Violence against Women

Our Haitian partner, Malya Villard-Appolon, is one of this year’s CNN Heroes!

Malya is the co-founder of MADRE’s Haitian sister organization KOFAVIV. For years, Malya has helped survivors of sexual violence to access medical care, shelter, legal counsel and psychological support. Her work became even more vital after the earthquake triggered a surge in this violence. Your support of MADRE’s work in Haiti has helped give her the resources to protect and empower thousands of rape survivors.

Being chosen as a CNN Hero is a huge honor—and a testament to Malya’s courageous and ground-breaking work.

Watch Malya’s segment on CNN Heroes below.  Later on in the year, you’ll be able to cast your vote online to help Malya win the prestigious title of the 2012 Hero of the Year.


Learn more by visiting the CNN Heroes website and reading about Malya’s life-saving work.


Help Malya. Help the Women of Haiti.

  • Spread the word about Malya's work. Post the messages below on your Facebook and Twitter to encourage others to watch CNN's video and learn about KOFAVIV:
Facebook: I just watched a moving video about Malya Villard-Appolon, a Haitian women's rights activist who is working to combat sexual violence in Haiti's displacement camps. Watch the video and learn more:
Twitter: Pls watch this moving video about Malya Villard-Appolon of @KOFAVIV, an org combating rape in #Haiti. Learn more at
  • Donate whistles to help Haitian women and girls prevent attacks. Learn more by clicking here.
  • Send a message of support to Malya. If you were inspired by her story, let her know. Send a message to and we'll make sure she gets it. And don't forget to vote for Malya later in the year to help her win the prestigious title of 2012 CNN Hero of the Year!

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