Ashoka Fellows - México y Centroamérica

Mexico

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Health

Starting in the villages of southern Mexico, Diana Damián joins modern medicine and traditional beliefs to realize significant improvements in the health, and through health, the rights, of the region’s indigenous women.

Mexico

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Human Rights

María Pilar de Abiego Sauto has developed a participatory, peer- and community-based model of senior living that gives elderly Mexicans an alternative to living in a traditional nursing home. As a member of various advisory bodies and senior citizen networks, she advocates her model as a tool to secure senior citizens’ rights to an active and...

Mexico

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Health
Promoción de Servicios de Salud y Educación Popular, A.C. PR

By helping community health workers learn how to recognize and deal with the most widespread forms of mental health problems, Benno de Keijzer is bringing urgently needed help to millions of seriously ill Mexicans and their families in areas or at income levels where psychiatrists are exceedingly rare. In the process, he is stimulating the...

Mexico

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Economic Development

Katyna de la Vega has created a successful model to revitalize towns in the poorest parts of Mexico. Through creating a grassroots movement to redirect government investments already budgeted, she has been the catalyst for more than US$200 million in new investments, which has led to thousands of new jobs, ongoing economic growth, a surge in...

Mexico

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Human Rights
Red de Defensores

Miguel Angel de los Santos is organizing and training indigenous human rights defenders who were elected by their local communities in 13 regions of the state of Chiapas to deal directly with government agencies and courts so they do not have to depend on outside help from lawyers, NGOs, or church or government institutions, thus fostering...

El Salvador

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Economic Development

Celina de Sola is accelerating community development by tearing down walls between government, business, and community groups, building a new culture of shared responsibility and cross-sector collaboration, rooted in trust.

Mexico

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Health

Paulino Decanini created Transparencia Médica, now Primedic, to offer preventive health care services, especially to the most vulnerable social sectors of the Mexican population.

Mexico

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Learning/Education

Mary is empowering rural communities to better their physical, psychological, and financial health. By using an integrative development model with a focus on female empowerment, the organization employs scientific research to promote the consumption and supply of local products. Mary is using amaranth, a plant endemic to Mexico with high...

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.

Mexico

Áreas de Trabajo / Field of Work: Health

Silvia Diez has developed an effective solution to a widespread problem in Mexico that is only now coming to light: violations of women's personal rights by medical personnel who provide services without first obtaining informed consent. She trains women to know and assert their rights, and helps medical providers develop models of informed...