Adriana Abraham Perez

Ashoka Fellow
Montevideo, Uruguay
Fellow Since 1998


This profile was prepared when Adriana Abraham Perez was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1998.
The New Idea
Adriana Abraham launched the Center for Human Promotion in order to provide new tools for social re integration to people who live on the street. She works to coordinate and enhance the existing food and shelter options for those who are already homeless, but she also identifies groups of people whose circumstances are becoming precarious, then offers support, job training and references that will keep them from falling all the way into indigence. Her objective is to combine direct services to street people with prevention strategies for other vulnerable groups, thereby contributing to their social reintegration, encouraging them to exercise their rights as citizens, and rescuing them from a negative cycle of marginalization and self-destruction. Adriana seeks to guarantee them a more dignified life and facilitate the reconstruction of ruptured social relationships. To achieve this goal she is using an interdisciplinary approach, addressing their physical, psychological, and social needs.
Adriana has also led an informal coordination among existing shelters in order to share experiences and information about the search for a broader solution to homelessness in Uruguay. Her Center is pushing a debate with government entities to implement the proposals that emerge from this inter institutional dialogue. Over the past few years, despite her youth, she has emerged as a champion in the quest for unified responses to the problems of homelessness and social alienation.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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