Instituto DARA

Carolayne and her children attended Dara Institute and today they own their own home and have a source of income.
The family of little Lucca Eduardo reached the five co-created goals and completed their Plano de Ação Familiar (PAF - Family Action Plan)
Ana Shelda, mother of little Anna Victória, completed the culinary course at Dara Institute and today has an income selling cakes and sweets.

Dara Institute believes in promoting social inclusion and fighting poverty in an integrated and effective way. And knows how to do it.

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Dara Institute (former Saúde Criança Renascer) is a civil society organization that works to promote health and human development by implementing and fostering an integrated approach to fight poverty. A world pioneer in cross-sector work with social determinants of health, it was founded by Dr. Vera Cordeiro, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, in 1991.

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The Family Action Plan is a social technology created by Dara Institute.

It consists in the participatory creation of goals and integrated actions in the areas of health, housing, income, citizenship and education so the families can play the main role in their development, have access to their rights, improve their quality of life and their health conditions.

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The work of Dara Institute is based on:

. Direct assistance to families in social vulnerability ;

. Influencing integrated cross-sector public policies;

. Enabling the production and promotion of knowledge in health and human development;

. Promoting social mobilization in the fight against poverty.

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“After being assisted by the Dara Institute, I took charge of my own destiny and the living conditions of my family have greatly improved”

Rita de Cássia, mother assisted by Dara Institute between 2017 and 2019.

Stories of the families


The work of Dara Institute depends on volunteers, partners, donors, foundations, institutions, companies and the government. Get involved with our work and be part of this civil society movement that has directly changed the lives of 75,000 people and of thousands of others on 4 continents!

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“Dara Institute has created a powerful method
of social inclusion for the poorest”

Muhammad Yunus
2006 Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

“What has kept me involved with Dara Institute for so long
is my absolute belief in their competency and integrity.”

Armínio Fraga
Economist and President of the Dara Institute Trust Fund


“Dara Institute is an extraordinary work made
with heart and entrepreneurship”

Bill Drayton
President of Ashoka

“Dara Institute is a social technology. It is powerful and saves
lives as no other current technology in the health area”

David Bornstein
Journalist, author of How to Change the World

Our acknowledgments

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October, 2021

Dr. Vera Cordeiro launches book describing her 30 years at the head of the Dara Institute

30 years ago, when she held a raffle to raise money to pay for the treatment of patients at the Hospital da Lagoa in Rio […]

Girlmovers com o certificado do Dara de conclusão do workshop
June, 2021

Jornada de Experiências Brasil e Moçambique

O Instituto Dara fez uma série de workshops sobre a metodologia do Plano de Ação Familiar (PAF) com a organização moçambicana Girl Move Academy para contribuir com o combate à pobreza em Moçambique.

April, 2021

Support from the World Bank and its staff contributes to families in extreme vulnerability

37 families living in extreme social vulnerability have benefited thanks to the support of the World Bank and its staff.

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