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Douglas McMeekin

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2008

Ecuador

Douglas McMeekin has developed a rural education model that integrates academic study with practical experience in microenterprise so that students are prepared to resolve the social, economic, and environmental challenges in the Ecuadorian Amazon. Poor, primarily indigenous students acquire the...

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Through an internet-based education system, Mónica Vásconez enables students with difficulty accessing mainstream education to receive their high school diplomas and develop appropriate working skills.

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Orazio Bellettini creates incentives for transparency in government bodies and increases citizens’ capacities to mobilize around the information released in order to demand public services and spur development.

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Sylvia Reyes

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2007

Ecuador

Sylvia Reyes, an educational psychologist, trains informal case workers to help parent’s recover from psychological damage, enabling them to protect and provide for their children, while providing them with the care they need for full development.

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Marta Echavarría

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2006

Ecuador

Marta Echavarría has created a model for establishing water markets among traditionally non-cooperating upstream and downstream users, across public and private lines, which finance sustainable watershed management and conservation.

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Mariana Galarza

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2005

Ecuador

Mariana Galarza combines natural medicine and homeopathy with modern techniques to give under-served citizens tools they need to take control of their own health. She is also working with medical schools, doctors, and state agencies to encourage a move away from simply curing disease to a system of...

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Maria Augusta Calle Andrade

Ashoka Fellow since May 2001

Ecuador

María Augusta Calle is transforming public understanding of political, economic, and social issues by providing a diverse and credible news source for a wide variety of audiences.

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Oswaldo Granda develops community gardens in Ecuador's urban slums. By uniting neighbors to maintain shared gardens, he provides them with food, beautifies their communities, and improves their outlook.

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María Elena Ordoñez Legarda

Ashoka Fellow since Oct 2000

Ecuador

María Elena Ordóñez teaches environmentalism to children across Ecuador through a television program, teaching materials, student clubs, and commercial products that saturate Ecuador with a new and much-needed regard for environmental protection.

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