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Geraldo Santos Marinho

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 1987

Brazil
Helping Poor Communities Have a Say in Their Own Development Read more

Roberto Siqueira Carneiro

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 1989

Brazil
Roberto Siqueira Carneiro is reintroducing rare monkeys into threatened ecosystems, starting with the remnants of Brazil's Atlantic rainforest. Since the monkey can not survive unless the forest is healthy, engaging popular support for the monkeys should be an effective means of protecting the... Read more

Maria lucia carr Gulassa

Ashoka Fellow since Oct 1989

Brazil
Maria Lucia Gulassa has developed and is setting out to spread simple, effective new approaches to caring for infants and children in the daycare centers, nurseries, and institutions of Sao Paulo, especially those serving its poor majority. Read more
Sergio Marques Santana, 32, is improving the lives of the low income population of the Baixada Fluminense, a proletarian suburb of Rio de Janeiro and of poor rural groups by developing concrete opportunities of exchange and support among these two groups. Read more
Gilda Maria Pompeia, 28, works in Sao Paulo, developing drug prevention courses for high school teachers. Read more

Nasser Youssef Nasr

Ashoka Fellow since May 1990

Brazil
Nasser Youssef Nasr, 35, an agronomist from the small coastal state of Espírito Santo, is adapting an important discovery to Brazilian conditions and spreading it to Brazilian farmers. He's showing that by growing crops amidst mixed native groundcover and weeds, farmers can both limit pest damage... Read more

Mauricio Correa Leite

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1990

Brazil
Educator and theater director Mauricio Leite creates excitement about learning and the world of ideas even in remote regions of the Amazon. His Project Suitcase succeeds in isolated areas where expensive literacy campaigns have failed, largely because he gives teachers attractive means and simple... Read more
Merlong is helping small farmers in the state of Piaui overcome historically defeatist attitudes to become more productive. Through CERMO, a non-profit educational and consulting organization he co-founded, he hopes to help the region's small farmers become more productive and combine to achieve... Read more

José Américo Silva Fontes

Ashoka Fellow since Dec 1992

Brazil
Dr. Jose Americo Silva Fontes is a pediatrician specializing in neonatal care from the northeastern city of Salvador. He has invented numerous medical devices that are lifesaving, simple, and affordable. He is now launching a foundation to put the equipment and know how that he has developed to use... Read more

Valdecir Benedito Valdo França

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 1993

Brazil
An agronomist and social activist, Valdo França is combating hunger and malnutrition in Brazil through an endeavor that encourages the production and distribution of a multi-nutrient supplement made from inexpensive, readily available local materials. His "anti-hunger campaign" includes a multimedia... Read more