Malgorzata Klecka

Ashoka Fellow
Myslowice, Poland
Fellow Since 2002


This profile was prepared when Malgorzata Klecka was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2002.
The New Idea
Malgorzata is working toward establishing an institute that will educate society about FAS and its consequences. This institute will reflect her holistic approach of engaging all involved parties in the work of FAS prevention and education. She educates parents and other caregivers, medical personnel, government representatives, and institutions dealing with alcohol problems. She wants to introduce FAS as a new medical term and convince key players dealing with alcohol problems to incorporate the FAS issue into their curricula, trainings, and programs. She is convinced that combining forces with parties who are involved in the problem can help in early prevention and therapy of FAS.
Malgorzata believes that raising awareness about FAS should be followed by supporting those affected by FAS. She is especially focused on the guilt that both foster and biological parents carry when they struggle to parent FAS children. Psychological and social support for affected families, then, is a major emphasis of her work. The problems surrounding FAS are not widely known in Europe; there is a lot of room for expanding Malgorzata's efforts.
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