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Adalberto Verissimo

Ashoka Fellow since avr 2009

Brazil

Adalberto has been convinced, since the mid 1980s, that, in order to save the Amazon, there must be a sensible and sustainable plan to develop it. By combining applied research and win-win negotiations among rival groups Adalberto’s initiatives have led to: the sustainable management and development...

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Paula Johns

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2010

Brazil

Paula Johns is systematically addressing the question of tobacco control in Brazil by framing it as a sustainable development and public health issue, as opposed to an issue of individual choice. Paula is buiding a citizen-led movement to make the government and the tobacco industry accountable for...

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Kelson Vieira

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 1991

Brazil

Architect Kelson Senra is showing how older city center neighborhoods can organize through community-led efforts to resist characteristic patterns of decline. He is creating mixed cooperatives that can provide new housing and commercial and social service activities and build a self-renovating...

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Francimar Fernandes has created a way to access Quilombola communities that are completely invisible even to the Quilombola movement, Francimar supports them recover their identity to access basic rights and self-organize to autonomously go after their rights and economic sustainability.

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Benki Piyãko

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2006

Brazil

Benki Piyãko, leader of an indigenous community in the Amazonian state of Acre, is increasing the capacity of indigenous peoples to defend their land against outside exploitation. In the process, he teaches these communities improved land management techniques to both benefit from their natural...

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Celerino Carriconde is reorienting Brazil's health care system to encourage poor farming communities to rediscover and dignify local knowledge of medicinal plants and to take greater responsibility for their own health.

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Lais Fleury Cunha

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2003

Brazil

Through her project, Expedição Vaga Lume (Firefly Expedition), which delivers libraries to rural communities in Amazonia and trains teachers to be "Reading Mediators," Laís Fleury Cunha is contributing to the literacy of children in the region and encouraging children to take pleasure in reading...

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Mariana Estevao

Ashoka Fellow since oct 2012

Brazil

With the project Arquiteto de Família (Architect of Family), she seeks to promote technical assistance for project design and construction of housing improvements housing autoconstructed to promote healthy housing. The houses targeted by the action of Mariana are households with low standard of...

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Claudia Werneck

Ashoka Fellow since aoû 2003

Brazil

Cláudia Marina Werneck Arguelhas promotes social inclusion of the disabled using workshops involving school-age participants, both with and without disabilities, helping them to recognize the value of diversity and to become agents of social inclusion.

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Karen Worcman

Ashoka Fellow since sep 1999

Brazil

Karen Worcman, granddaughter of Jewish immigrants, is transforming the way history is produced, understood and received by creating a way for unrecognized individuals to generate lasting oral histories.

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