Location Sorocaba, São Paulo
Grantee 2011
Attended areas Health

BrazilFoundation 10 anos

The Associação Lua Nova was established in 2000 in the town of Araçoiaba da Serra, in São Paulo, with the goal of serving young pregnant women who are vulnerable, at-risk, and in extreme poverty. At the Association, the young women and their children receive housing and food, as well as medical, psychological and educational assistance with a focus on strengthening the ties between the mothers and their children.

The needs of the young mothers after leaving the Association led to the development of new partnerships, such as the one with Acão Moradia (Housing Action), also a BrazilFoundation grantee, for the construction of affordable houses. The methodology developed by Lua Nova has become highly regarded in Brazil and it has been recognized as “Best Practice” by the Brazilian Secretariat for Human Rights. In 2010 the Association was awarded the Ashoka’s Changemakers prize in the category Social Technology for Women.


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