Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2008
This description of Yvonne Bezerra de Melo's work was prepared when Yvonne Bezerra de Melo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2008.
A Brazilian who worked for years in conflict zones in Africa, Yvonne Bezerra recognized the developmental delays of Brazilian children in favelas as the same as those of African children raised in the presence of civil war. Yvonne heals these children’s trauma and integrates them back into the education system so that they can grow to become full members of society.
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