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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Dara Institute

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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Our work

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

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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 the lives of more than 100,000 people in Brazil and hundreds of thousands of people on four 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

“I believe that it is from experiences like these, and supporting experiences like these, that we can begin to respond, rebuild and create a new relationship between ourselves and a new society.”

Herbert de Souza (Betinho)

Sociologist and leader of the NGO Ação da Cidadania Contra a Miséria e Pela Vida

“This is the most complete model in the health field that I have seen in the world. The Dara Institute changed my way of thinking about health.”

Graça Machel

Human rights activist and Nelson Mandela’s widow

Our acknowledgments

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March, 2024

Publication records project aimed at children’s mental health

A psychopedagogical recreational project aimed at children’s mental health, promoted by Dara Institute with the support of Queen Silvia’s Foundation – Care About the Children, […]

November, 2023

Dara Institute promotes an event in Miami to discuss social inclusion and poverty alleviation

On November 6th, Dara Institute hosted its first international event: Overcoming Poverty: Making Change Happen at the Idea Center of Miami Dade College in Miami, […]

October, 2023

HubEP promotes debate on gender and poverty on International Poverty Eradication Day

On October 17th, the date that marks the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, women representatives from various Brazilian NGOs will come together to […]