On November 8, 2012, St. Kate’s University hosted an awards ceremony for the Opus Prize, an annual $1 million award recognizing an unsung hero anywhere in the world whose leadership empowers people to transform their lives and communities.

Mano a Mano co-founder Segundo Velasquez was a finalist for the award and received a $100,000 prize for Mano a Mano.

This video is Segundo’s speech that he made at the Opus Prize ceremony, along with comments from St. Kate’s students and faculty that traveled to Bolivia with Mano a Mano in the summer of 2012.