Ashoka Fellow
    This description of Nora Ritok's work was prepared when Nora Ritok was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2014.
    Nóra Ritók works to break the cycle of chronic entrenched poverty that has devastated rural populations and marginalized communities throughout Hungary and much of Central Europe. Initially engaging young people through an innovative afterschool Academy, Nóra’s Real Pearl Foundation builds bridges to their families and wider communities to become full participants in mutual self-help initiatives addressing their social, psychological and economic needs. The goal is to foster communities of active agents embarked on a collective process to transform the habits, attitudes, practices and understanding of people and institutions who traditionally do not collaborate, including children, parents, teachers, police, and representatives of social welfare and other public service agencies.
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