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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
Manoel Eduardo, a 31-year old lawyer who was the first Ombudsman of the southern city of Curitiba, plans to help citizen groups learn how to increase their participation in and control over government. Read more
Marilena Lazzarini, who helped create Sao Paulo's first government consumer agency, is now working to build a model private consumer defense group. Success in South America's biggest business center, enormously important in itself, will also encourage others across the continent to follow. Read more
Planning consultant Raul Jungmann is tackling nothing less than the entire justice and security system in Brazil, working to reform its archaic institutions through popular participation. Read more

Kelson Vieira

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1991

Brazil
Architect Kelson Senra is showing how older city center neighborhoods can organize through community-led efforts to resist characteristic patterns of decline. He is creating mixed cooperatives that can provide new housing and commercial and social service activities and build a self-renovating... Read more

Vera Regina Gaensly Cordeiro

Ashoka Fellow since Nov 1992

Brazil
Vera Gaensly Cordeiro is a pediatrician who could not stand to see terribly or terminally ill children obtain treatment in her hospital only to be released to such poverty that they could not recover or have hope of comfort. Read more
Jose Augusto Saraiva Peixoto is organizing Brazil's first concerted longterm effort by many municipalities and private organizations to reverse the destruction of a major shared ecosystem, the country's largest bay, historic All Saints' Bay. Read more

Pregaluxmi Govender

Ashoka Fellow since Aug 1993

South Africa
Pregaluxmi Govender founded a model workers' college supported by the independent trade union movement. The trade union movement has historically reflected the hierarchies of race, gender and class in South African society in its leadership. The college is designed to help redress these inequalities... Read more

Victoria Shocrón

Ashoka Fellow since Feb 1995

Argentina
Victoria Shocrón is working, in a non-confrontational way, to integrate young people with disabilities into Argentine society and to educate the Argentine public about people with disabilities. In pursuing those twin goals, she has developed a set of programs, including agreements with progressive... Read more

Patricia Goulart Bustamante

Ashoka Fellow since Mar 1995

Brazil
Patricia Bustamante's environmental education program for rural Brazil brings the elderly and children together to catalogue plants, rediscover their traditional uses and create community-based nurseries and seed banks. Read more