Here are the 10 finalists for the 10th annual CNN Hero of the Year

The cut-off date for voting in the 10th annual CNN Hero of the Year contest ended today at 4 p.m. ET.

The title of the official CNN Hero of the Year award goes to an individual who has made an extraordinary humanitarian effort to help people in need. For a scorecard with the entries from previous years, click here.

This year’s 10 finalists include the Secret Garden Project, a nursery school in Afghanistan for children with severe disabilities; Meeting Survivors’ Children, a gift shop for children who lost family members in conflict; Guadalupe, a hospital that provides care for children with life-threatening illnesses; and Shaheed Mohammed Motha, a Pakistani children’s theatre group.

The finalists in all seven categories will be featured in The CNN Page, starting Aug. 10, from 7-9 p.m. ET on CNN International.

Vote for your favorite CNN Hero of the Year right here.

For more information about CNN Hero of the Year, visit

*NOTE: The fifth annual CNN Hero of the Year is sponsored by ACE Hardware. CNN will have a postcard available on or before Aug. 1, 2016. Click here to check to see if your postcard has been returned.

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