Ashoka Fellows - México y Centroamérica

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Civic Engagement

José Miguel Aguilar Berrocal founded the Fundación Acción Joven (Foundation for Youth Action), a Costa Rican citizen organization that allows university students to fulfill required community service hours through specially designed projects in public secondary schools.

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Civic Engagement

Daniel Buritica has created a social integration model which develops entrepreneurial skills in young people. By utilizing a national law that makes 80 hours of social service compulsory for students, he involves them in a step by step process of recreational but transformative social experiences so that the young volunteers become agents of...

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Learning/Education
Program for Active and Creative Mathematics

María Marta Camacho has developed a new style of teaching mathematics to children, with an emphasis on building confidence and having fun.

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Human Rights

Lauren Diaz aims to transform prisons in Costa Rica into true rehabilitation centers, as they are originally meant to be, and with this, empower inmates, decrease recidivism and develop a more empathic society that understands and reintegrates ex-convicts, keeping them away from crime.

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Human Rights
Asociación Cultural SEJEKTO

José Dualok has designed the first comprehensive strategic development plan to unite all indigenous groups in Costa Rica. The larger aim is to spread this model to indigenous populations worldwide.

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Environment

Manfred Kopper is ensuring that Costa Rica becomes carbon neutral through the mobilization of the public and private sectors to reduce their environmental impact. Through an innovative model of calculation and analysis, Manfred shows decision-makers their environmental impact in a simple and comprehensive way, then formulates corporate...

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Environment

Laura Lang’s Climate Change Friendly Program draws upon the respective strengths of four institutional partners—a citizen organization (CO), two academic institutes, and a private company—to make carbon emissions trading accessible for ordinary citizens and small businesses in Costa Rica.

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Economic Development
Asociación Andar

Lidiethe Madden Arias has established a demonstration farm and agricultural training center to improve the organization and efficiency of rural production, thereby addressing the gap in income and living standards between peasant families and urban dwellers.

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Human Rights
CEFEMINA

Marieta Quezada is changing the long-established pattern in Costa Rican society that treats disabled people as invisible, passive recipients of professional assistance and charity. Through her personal and professional life, Marieta is demonstrating that disabled people can be protagonists of their own lives and can proactively improve their...

Costa Rica

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Environment
EDUMAR

While Costa Rica’s land conservation efforts are exemplary, its seas are among the most contaminated in the region and its coral reefs have been depleted over the last twenty years despite the efforts of leading technical experts who directed massive government investments into marine conservation. Omar Rodríguez has demonstrated that community...