Ashoka Fellow
El Salvador
Fellow Since 2015
    This description of Karen Spencer's work was prepared when Karen Spencer was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2015.
    Karen Spencer’s organization, Whole Child International (Niñez Integral in Spanish), is working at every level of the childcare, and particularly, orphanage system, to improve quality of care and ultimately improve outcomes for the most vulnerable children. Through methods backed by scientific research, Karen is working to lift an international taboo on working with orphanages and improve quality of care in existing centers, all while educating caregivers and government officials in methodologies of care that put relationships and children’s development first.
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