Adrian Kowalski

Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
Fundacja Pomocy Dzieciom ULICA


This profile was prepared when Adrian Kowalski was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
The New Idea
Starting in the industrialized south-central region of Poland, Adrian is enabling a miracle of transformation for those communities most in need of help. The approach he is pioneering looks at street children in context: as part of a larger systemic failure that can be corrected by reaching parents as well as children, fostering personal and group responsibility, and reestablishing the interdependence of children and parents as well as of families and the greater community. Having demonstrated the efficacy of his neighbor-to-neighbor approach, he is now redesigning the way close-to-the-ground social institutions work. Adrian sees an important opportunity in the country’s recent move to devolve budgetary responsibilities to the district level. He shows governors the humanity and efficacy of the approach and offers it up as a low-cost alternative to the rehabilitation efforts currently in use.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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