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Children in school uniforms seem to be on every Indonesian path and street, a daily reminder of the country's striking recent success in providing free, early elementary instruction almost everywhere. This success, however, is limited by the fact that most children, especially those from poor families, drop out during the first three or four years.
Maurice Bazin is remedying a basic defect of Brazil's education system by popularizing science among the poor.
Mary Allegretti has made it her life's work to conitnue the efforts of the late Chico Mendes to fight fo the rights of rubber tappers against those who would destroy the rainforest that serves as their source of income.
Professionals with extensive experience in the existing day care system, Silvia and partner Lenira Haddad are redefining day care, upgrading it from "babysitting" to a comprehensive educational, nutritional and health care service.
Enny Soekoer utilizes low-cost technology to provide environmentally-sound housing alternatives for Indonesia's poor.
Alba is working at the interface between communications and health by trying to put into place an approach to health care that will work for Brazil's remaining, very much at risk, indigenous people.
Zukri Saad, a graduate of Indonesia's Bandung Institute ofTechnology (ITB), combines values and vision into a force that has led him and several colleagues to a small high school in West Sumatra.