Instituto DARA

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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

Stories of families


The work of Instituto Dara 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 already transformed, directly, the lives of 75,000 people and thousands of others on 4 continents!

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

Muhammad Yunus
Peace Nobel 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,
it saves lives like no other technology in healthcare today”

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

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March, 2023

Instituto Dara and TechnipFMC: partnership goes stronger

Representatives of the French American company, TechnipFMC, visited Instituto Dara’s headquarters in Botafogo, Rio de Janeiro. They were: Lamonica Spivey, International Director of Inclusion, Diversity […]

February, 2023

Instituto Dara e Prudential realizam ação voluntária em parceria

Cerca de 100 pessoas – entre gestantes, puérperas, acompanhantes e equipe do Hospital Maternidade Maria Amélia de Hollanda Albuquerque, no Rio de Janeiro – tiveram […]

January, 2023

Metodologia do Instituto Dara no Catalyst 2030

Na quarta-feira, 11 de janeiro de 2023, ocorreu o Grand Writing Learning Series: Wisdom From the Social Entrepreneurs, evento online realizado pelo movimento global Catalyst […]

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