Fellow Since 1999
Programa Social Gotas de Flor com Amor
This profile was prepared when Denise Alves Lopez Robles was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1999.
The New Idea
Denise realizes that poor people with mental disorders who lack proper psychological care cannot take advantage of services that might help them gain the stability necessary for leading a productive life. Her program begins with mainstream and alternative therapies that enable parents and children to participate in a series of education, health, and job training services. By providing a stable basis for the family and offering ongoing psychological care, Denise reduces the drop-out rate from her program and helps create a solid social context for each affected individual and their family. Another reason for her program's low drop-out rates is its unique focus on training the volunteer staff in a way that helps match their skills and goals to their duties and activities. A "godparents" program enables affluent Brazilians to sponsor poor families through financial donations.