Patrícia Chalaça Moreira
This profile was prepared when Patrícia Chalaça Moreira was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2001.
The New Idea
In Patrícia Chalaça Moreira's three-pronged method to transform state-run facilities for children, companies donate their materials, professionals volunteer their time, and media outlets promote social programming. Convinced that all children, be they wards of the state or students in elite private schools, have the right to the same high-quality facilities and services, Patrícia is teaching state-run institutions that their buildings should be educationally and socially stimulating environments. She created Casa da Criança (Children's House) to transform dilapidated government institutions for underprivileged children into dignified spaces that promote children's personal development.