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Štefan Straka

Ashoka Fellow since May 2015

Slovakia

Stefan is combating the lack of integration and food insecurity of the Roma and other marginalized populations in Slovakia by connecting these communities to idle land resources. By bringing together fragmented stakeholders, he is enabling a formerly nomadic and highly marginalized population to...

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Martina Bodnarova

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2012

Slovakia

Martina Bodnarova is tackling the challenges of the Slovakian education system in order to ignite a movement of cooperation, empathy, and creativity to spread beyond the classroom walls.

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Viera Zahorcova

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2011

Slovakia

Viera Zahorcova has engineered the field of mental health to integrate disabled citizens into education and the workforce as well as represent their rights in government policy. She has created the first institutions to address mental health and an extensive network of support for the mentally...

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Jozef Mikloško

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2009

Slovakia

In a region of the world where children are too often separated from their families and institutionalized—and have been for decades—Jozef Mikloško has developed a “family first” model of child welfare that has the potential to radically reform state practices across Central and Eastern Europe. Jozef...

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Štefan Hríb

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2008

Slovakia

During an era and in a region where citizens distrust the media and are increasingly apathetic about politics and discourse, Štefan Hríb has designed a model of independent news and information delivery that captivates wide audiences. Beginning with a weekly periodical and television series, Štefan...

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Eugen Tóth

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2007

Slovakia

Eugen Tóth is bringing groundbreaking solutions to the challenges of microclimate change in urban areas, while also changing citizen’s attitudes about the importance of rainwater. Since most people live in cities, Eugen’s solution has strength in its simplicity—holding and circulating water where it...

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Michal Smetanka

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2006

Slovakia

Michal Smetanka is spurring local economic growth in marginalized communities of Slovakia by encouraging people to launch their own organizations and enterprises.

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Martina Justova

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 2005

Slovakia

Martina is combating high rates of prisoner recidivism in Slovakia by introducing rehabilitation into the country’s secretive and repressive penal system. Bringing outsiders into prisons to provide education and social support to long-term inmates, as well as providing post-release work...

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Ladislav Hegyi

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2001

Slovakia

Ladislav Hegyi is bringing environmentally friendly manufacturing and waste storage practices to Slovakia by educating the public, creating mechanisms for the reuse of items such as clothing and furniture, and lobbying to incorporate environmental costs into the market price of goods.

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Monika Grochova

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2000

Slovakia

Monika is combating gender stereotypes and their destructive effects by providing battered women with a range of services, including education in democratic rights and life options that empowers them to take control of their lives and futures.

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