Instituto DARA


Instituto Dara believes that it is possible to promote social inclusion and fight against structural poverty in an integrated and effective way. And we know how to do it!

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Instituto Dara (formerly Saúde Criança Renascer) is a civil society organization that works to promote health and human development through the implementation and dissemination of an integrated approach to fighting against poverty.

Pioneer in the world in intersectoral work with social determinants of health, it was founded by Dr. Vera Cordeiro, in 1991, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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The Family Action Plan is the social technology created by Instituto Dara.

It consists on a participatory creation of goals and integrated actions in the areas of health, housing, income, citizenship and education, in a way that each family becomes the protagonist of its own development, gets access to its rights and improves quality of life and health conditions.

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The activities of Instituto Dara consist of:

. direct assistance to vulnerable families;

. influence on public policies;

. production and dissemination of knowledge;

. social mobilization in the fight against poverty.

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“After being accompanied by Instituto Dara, I became the master of my own destiny. My family has improved their living conditions a lot.”

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

Family Stories


The work of Instituto Dara depends on volunteers, partners, individual donors, foundations, institutions, companies and the government.

Get involved with our work and be part of this civil society movement that has already transformed 85,000 people directly and over one million on 4 continents!

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“Instituto Dara created a powerful social methodology for the inclusion of the poorest”

Muhammad Yunus
Nobel Peace Prize 2006

“What has kept me involved with Instituto Dara for many years is my absolute belief in their competence and seriousness”

Armínio Fraga Economist and President of the Endowment Fund of Instituto Dara


“Instituto Dara is an extraordinary work done with heart and entrepreneurship”

Bill Drayton President of Ashoka

“Instituto Dara is a social technology. It’s powerful”

David Bornstein Journalist and author of the book How to Change the World

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September, 2023

HubEP launches photography call for Brazilian black and peripheral women

The Hub for the Eradication of Poverty (Hub para Erradicação da Pobreza – HubEP), a multisectoral and 100% collaborative platform composed of eight social organizations […]

September, 2023

Vera Cordeiro shares her journey of the fight against poverty in an interview with Brazil Journal

In an interview with Brazil Journal, published on September 24th, Dr. Vera Cordeiro, Founder and President of the Administrative Council of the Dara Institute, shared […]

September, 2023

Com falas inspiradoras, nova edição do Projeto Daras é lançada com apoio da SC Johnson

Foi iniciada, no dia 12 de setembro, a segunda edição do Projeto Daras, dessa vez com o apoio da SC Johnson, fabricante global de marcas […]

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