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    Judi Aubel is improving the lives of women, children and families by empowering grandmothers, an abundant and underutilized cultural resource, to catalyze change in socio-cultural norms related to many issues, including girls’ education, early and forced marriage, teen pregnancy, female genital mutilation, maternal and child health/nutrition and intergenerational communication.

    Alejandra is using circus to prepare children and youth to be active citizens. She engages youth from multiple communities in Chilean society, especially those with little or no education in cultural activities. She uses the excitement of the circus to involve the body and mind of children in a wide range of skills and activities which enable them to achieve a sense of self-respect and accomplishment.

    Jessica Sager is transforming and professionalizing the field of family childcare by supporting the providers in radically reimagining how they see themselves.

    Through her integrated model she frees children and offers them a safe and peaceful childhood; this is achieved through her high quality methodology, sustainable and highly replicable which empowers teachers to develop affectionate relationships. Nathalia is building a new ecosystem with new mentality about the importance of the 1st childhood where the needs of children are in the center, involving the State and also empowering parents and the community.

    Massimo completely reframes the rules in which soccer is played to promote empathy, team-work, inclusion and leadership in young people and adults, in a way that appeals to everyone playing soccer—from professional soccer players to children with a wide range of talents, in every context.

    Ashoka Fellow Mary Gordon Launches Roots Of Empathy In the UK at the House of Lords

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    On 26th November (2012) the official launch of the innovative Roots of Empathy programme took place at a reception in the House of Lords in London.

    Nourishing Schools in India

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    Ashoka and Swiss Re Foundation are partnering with schools to enable children to improve their own nutrition and that of their communities in India. In 2011 Ashoka and the Swiss Re Foundation started their journey on exploring how to improve the health status in India.

    Adriana Costa uses a "Games Bus" to bring cognitive and social development activities to severely deprived children in poor and crowded urban communities, as well to stimulate continuing parental and community action. Launched in low-income communities in São Paulo, the program is now spreading to neighboring cities.

    Silvia dedicates her work to training teachers and other actors of public education in primary schools of early childhood education. With her work at Instituto Avisa Lá she built a continuous system of teacher training linked to student learning.

    Isolation and inactivity among marginalized communities – from refugee camps to underprivileged neighborhoods – can have dramatic consequences such as violence and physical and mental health problems in communities. In response, Jérémy is defining a new standard for libraries in the 21st Century, repositioning their role in communities as key vectors of economic and human development.