Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2000
Lua Nova
This description of Raquel da Silva Barros's work was prepared when Raquel da Silva Barros was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2000.
Raquel Barros' new approach is rehabilitating young, low-income, chemically dependent mothers, an underserved population in Brazil. By allowing mothers to keep their children with them during treatment, Raquel is changing the model of drug rehabilitation into a more effective treatment which prepares women to be responsible parents, helps them find employment, and creates mechanisms for involving community members in the rehabilitation process, thus facilitating the women's reentry into society.
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