Ashoka Fellows - México y Centroamérica
In northeastern Mexico, Juan Areli is promoting the revival of the Mixe culture among its young people through a community-based education model that reintegrates native traditions and values into the curriculum.
Through a rigorous process of measuring greenhouse gas emissions in rural Mexican households, Victor and his team are aggregating the carbon emissions savings achieved by replacing traditional cooking fires with energy-efficient stoves and selling those savings as carbon credits on the international voluntary carbon market. Victor’s...
Flaviano Bianchini equips communities and grassroots citizen organizations (COs) with the ability to measure the harmful consequences of natural resource extraction and bring lawsuits against their perpetrators.
Peter Bloom is democratizing communication technologies by using a government-owned mobile frequency to guarantee communication rights in isolated communities. He employs an innovative technological model that is low cost, foments local economic development, and is regulated by the communities themselves. Peter is thus spearheading a movement...
In Mexico, millions of children are unable to receive quality psychological care because of substandard government programs and unaffordable costs. Dr. Julia Borbolla has addressed this problem by developing a multimedia project that reaches out to countless traumatized children who do not have adequate access to care.
Curt Bowen, through his organization Semilla Nueva, is changing the agricultural development system in Central America, working with farmers, citizen sector organizations, and government institutions to create a research and results-based culture. Driven by farmers’ needs and insights, this new approach improves both agricultural practices and...
By combating human rights violations, homophobia, the stigmatization, and the discrimination of people infected with HIV/AIDS, Alejandro Brito’s network of organizations, offers an integral approach to achieve its goal of eradicating AIDS in Mexico by 2020.
Dina Buchbinder Auron has introduced an innovative, action-oriented education model called Deport-es para Compartir to a Mexican education system that has long struggled with passivity and rigidity. Deport-es para Compartir empowers teachers from a variety of school settings to foster social and environmental awareness while also teaching...
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...
Elaine Burns is working with communities in the Sierra Nevada region outside Mexico City to create long-term sustainable development plans, using new computer tools and organizational strategies to ensure people's participation.