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Terri Valle Aquino

Ashoka Fellow since Oct 1989

Brazil
Terri Valle de Aquino grew up in Acre, the very poor and thinly populated state on the southwestern edge of Brazil's Amazon basin. He returned to work with the indigenous peoples there and is now setting out to help them and their traditional enemies, the rubber tappers, learn to collaborate and... Read more

Roberto Chaves

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2011

Brazil
Roberto “Beto” Chaves, a member of Rio de Janeiro’s police force, is rebuilding trust between Rio’s police and its favela communities. Through loosely structured “chats” in the community between police, ex-convicts and youth, Beto is breaking down the stereotypes and misconceptions that each group... Read more

Edward Edilbi

Ashoka Fellow since Jan 2014

Canada

Edward Edilbi is introducing a new way to empower, integrate and build social capital in scattered, immigrant populations that have been affected by a political crisis or natural disaster. Using diaspora networks, he enables refugees to play an active and productive role, thus changing their status...

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Baihajar Tualeka

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2015

Indonesia
Lembaga Pemberdayaan Perempuan dan Anak is inspired by the intense religious segregation found in Ambon, which results in built up tension between Christians and Muslims. This is accomplished by infusing pluralism into communities using the latest educational modules on tolerance, which are taught... Read more

Ilya Yacevich

Ashoka Fellow since May 2015

Kenya
Ilya is helping low income and conflict prone communities in East Africa build their resilience towards issues of mental health and psychological trauma Read more

Inge Missmahl

Ashoka Fellow since Nov 2015

Germany
In a world where psychosocial stresses are a leading cause for disease globally, Inge Missmahl introduces a scalable system to sufficiently care for, empower and re-mobilize people who suffer. Through enabling new human resources, she facilitates greater individual well-being and accountability, as... Read more

Bas van Abel

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 2016

Netherlands
By designing and producing the first modular designed, and thus longer lasting, smartphone, building a conflict free and fair supply and production chain, Bas van Abel with his company Fairphone is creating a movement of ethical consumption while shifting the smartphone industry -one of the most... Read more

Tatiana Montaña

Ashoka Fellow since Jun 2016

Colombia
Tatiana transforms the mindset of children and young people by empowering them as changemaker and makes them an active part in reconciling and rebuilding the social fabric in a country beset by violence, guerrilla and Colombian paramilitarist, through this methodology she builds citizenship and... Read more

Helena Puig Larrauri

Ashoka Fellow since Jul 2018

Spain
Helena is transforming peace processes worldwide. She bridges the gap between institutional and governmental organizations who officially lead peace processes and the communities who suffer the harsh consequences of conflicts, and who are generally excluded from peace-making decisions. She is... Read more