Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2004
This description of Isabel Aparecida dos Santos's work was prepared when Isabel Aparecida dos Santos was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2004.
Amid escalating violence and deepening poverty, youth in the slums of Brazil’s major cities find themselves surrounded by dangers and temptations, alienated from the rest of their society. Isabel Aparecida dos Santos, better known as Bel, enables these youth to lead their communities and gain access to services and opportunities that have remained out of reach for decades. Through her work Bel establishes enduring links between polarized social classes and nurtures the development of citizens who can confront, challenge, and overcome the many faces of injustice in Brazil.
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