Isabel Aparecida dos Santos

Ashoka Fellow
Brazil
Fellow Since 2004

Citation

This profile was prepared when Isabel Aparecida dos Santos was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
Introduction
Amid escalating violence and deepening poverty, youth in the slums of Brazil’s major cities find themselves surrounded by dangers and temptations, alienated from the rest of their society. Isabel Aparecida dos Santos, better known as Bel, enables these youth to lead their communities and gain access to services and opportunities that have remained out of reach for decades. Through her work Bel establishes enduring links between polarized social classes and nurtures the development of citizens who can confront, challenge, and overcome the many faces of injustice in Brazil.
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