07 jul ASHOKA FELLOWS PARTICIPATE IN JOURNEY AT CREN
A group of entrepreneurs, social entrepreneurs and investors experienced an “immersion” at CREN as part of the Ashoka Support Network (ASN) Summit 2016, a global meeting that this year took place in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo from 14th to 17th June.
In the first Latin American edition of the event, participants – and their families – had the opportunity to experience changemaking in action by visiting the work of some of Ashoka’s Brazilian Fellows. This included Gisela Solymos, our General Manager.
During the visit, the group of 15 had the opportunity to get to know our methodology in nutritional recovery and education. After a tour of CREN – Centre for Nutritional Recovery and Education – some joined in our educational activities with the children in our day-hospital, some observed CREN´s work during a home visit, while others helped in the process of anthropometric measures in a community.
At the end of the visits, all the participants shared their experiences. Ana Bessa, from the British Council, told of her perception that society has a “false sense of nutrition,” referring to the fact that many people do not know that obese children are also malnourished.
CREN’s Clinical Coordinator, Maria Paula Albuquerque, emphasized the importance of engaging the whole family and community. “Nutritional education is not a vertical transmission of knowledge [by professionals], but a sum of knowledge. So, if the main meat in the day-to-day nutrition of the family is beef jerky, then the nutritional recovery must include beef jerky.”
Gisela focused on the multifactorial issues of nutritional education. “Social exclusion creates a sense of disability. We work to break this obstacle and rescue the role of these people.”
The Ashoka Support Network is a global community of successful, innovative leaders from a variety of fields who see entrepreneurship as the primary engine for economic and social development. The network includes more than 350 members in more than 20 countries.