71st Miss World: Top 10 Beauty With a Purpose finalists announced

The names of this year's Top 10 finalists were officially revealed during the Beauty With a Purpose gala dinner in Mumbai.

Selecting only ten projects among the 112 that were presented to the panel of judges, was certainly not an easy mission.

All Miss World contestants this year acted as true Beauty With a Purpose ambassadors, making a difference in the lives of thousands of people around the globe.

Meet the Top 10 projects for the 71st Miss World:

Botswana (Lesego Chombo) - Lasego has worked on a developmental program with economically disadvantaged parents in poverty-stricken and rural communities. She has worked closely with psychologists, teachers, pediatricians, and social welfare assistants. In addition, her project allows the children to be introduced to artistry, arts and crafts, music, career education, and more.

Brazil (Leticia Frota) - Brazil is an ambassador for the Hansen´s Disease cause in her country and internationally. As such, she has participated in international conferences in India and the Vatican, where she was received by Pope Francis. Frota educates people about the disease and has visited Hansen´s disease former colonies throughout Brazil. She has also done some volunteer work in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and the Amazon, raising funds to take food and water to those in need.

Czech Republic (Krystyna Pyszková) - Krystyna´s main focus regarding her BWP project is the work she has developed in Tanzania, where she inaugurated a school and has been contributing as a volunteer to promote quality education for children. Because education is her passion, she decided to open her foundation in the Czech Republic, focusing on providing several educational programs not only for children but also for the elderly and mentally disabled people.

Indonesia (Audrey Vanessa) - The project initiated by Audrey Vanessa, "Break the Silence", started because of her concern about the high rate of child sexual abuse in Indonesia. Unfortunately, many victims of such unacceptable behavior are unable to act. The Indonesian Ministry of Education recognizes bullying, intolerance, and sexual harassment as problems in the education sector, however, educational institutions tend to cover up such cases. Miss World Indonesia´s main goal is for every victim to be able to speak up and report cases of sexual abuse.

Nepal (Priyanka Rani Joshi) - Nepal’s BWAP this year is an Economic Rehabilitation Project that focuses on the economic development of women living in the village of Uppardang Gadi. It attempts to make daily life easier by providing access to electricity in association with the Nepal Electricity Authority (NEA). The high point of the project MERP is providing work opportunities and a better quality of life for the people of Uppardang Gadi.

Tanzania (Halima Kopwe) - "My blood, my generation", is a project that raises massive awareness on the importance of blood donation to save the lives of pregnant women and newborns. Miss World Tanzania has organized blood donation events, visits, and workshops in secondary schools, and raised funds to provide hospitals with medical supplies.

Trinidad and Tobago (Aché Abrahams) - An advocate for mental health, Aché has developed the "Invisible Scar" project, having visited schools and promoting workshops to discuss it. She´s also the Youth Mental Health ambassador for the NGO Kids in Need. Miss World Trinidad & Tobago fights to destigmatize the topic, with open conversations with the young generation.

Turkey (Nursena Say) - In addition to being active as a volunteer in several humanitarian organizations, including the Red Cross, Nursena developed her social work in regions severely affected by a devastating earthquake, aiming at the well-being and education of children. As a trained architect, she designed collective housing for earthquake-affected people.

Uganda (Hannah Tumukunde) - Hannah has done extensive work encouraging parents not to engage their daughters at a young age, which is common in some regions in Uganda. She advises dads and moms to believe and motivate their daughter's dreams and aspirations. Miss World Uganda also distributes sanitary towels and pads, shares information about menstruation cleanliness, and promotes education for young girls.

Ukraine (Sofiia Shamiia) - Because of the ongoing war in her country, Miss World Ukraine became an official volunteer to fully help children affected by war and their mothers, especially in families that have lost their homes. As an artist, Sofia understands the healing power of art. She has promoted art therapy with children to heal their emotional wounds and organized a charity auction. The raised funds from the «Lost Childhood» painting sale, were donated to the «Mriya» educational and rehabilitation center for children in Lviv.

The 71st Miss World final will be held on Saturday, March 9 at the Jio World Convention Center in Mumbai, India. Karolina Bielawska of Poland will crown her successor at the end of the event.

Photos: Miss World

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