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    Seeking to combat hunger, Ninom Rouze has created a unique combined health and environmental education program among poor and indigenous agrarian communities in Brazil. Among other things, her program enables women to utilize everyday waste to supplement family nutrition.

    The Brazilian prison system serves over 300,000 imprisoned citizens in the country, of which 70 percent are young people. The violence that reigns in the system puts the jailed population at constant risk. André Abreu developed a participatory model for social reintegration of jailed youths in Ceará, organizing social networks made up of inmates and civil society organizations, with participation of families and penitentiary agents.

    Laury Cullen, Jr., has created an agricultural model that is sustainable environmentally and that provides production and ownership opportunities to bridge the gap in Brazil's entrenched disputes over land rights.

    In a country that has made no provision for education of students younger than six, María del Carmen Arriola has developed an effective way to launch programs that stimulate children's intellectual and physical development from the earliest ages, and she is poised to institutionalize these programs through the mechanisms of appropriate agencies.

    Marta Porto is driving lasting behavior change around key social issues that are poorly understood in Brazil. She has developed a new paradigm for communication whereby she tailors social messages through dozens of media tools in order to communicate with thousands of micro-audiences. By effectively targeting these communities, speaking to them in a language they understand and leading them through their behavioral changes, Marta is impacting the lives of thousands of people throughout Brazil.

    Silke Mader and her team work towards improving newborn health and in particular towards providing high-quality treatment and care to preterm infants, ill newborns and their families, resulting in lower short- and long-term health complications and a considerable reduction in healthcare costs.

    The residents of Brazilian slums, or favelas, live in an environment plagued by poverty, violence, and unemployment. Celso Athayde is enabling young people of the favelas to become centrally involved in changing their communities for the better.

    Liane Marcondes spearheads the introduction of interactive and multimedia computer teaching tools into Brazilian education. From its original base in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, her program is spreading rapidly into schools throughout the country.

    Rubens is building powerful networks and coalitions of civil society organizations addressing major issues of environmental protection and sustainable development in Brazil. His work is helping those organizations gain greater voice in national and international deliberations and enabling them to play more productive roles in translating international environmental accords and environment-friendly national policies into effective action at the regional and local levels.

    Maria Aparecida Silva Bento ("Cida") established a center to work with labor unions, employers and the government to help them recognize racism and promote equal opportunity. Her effectiveness results from a unique combination of high technical competence and close philosophical and actual affinity with Brazil's awakening Black Consciousness social movement.