Born in Paysandú, Uruguay, André settled in Montevideo at 19 following a year of Hagshara. André is currently runing Helpers, an NGO that seeks to train civil society in first aid so that they know how to react in cases of emergency. In turn, they use an appl (Musketeer) that seeks to connect trained people with an event when there is a victim. To say it simple, it's like an Uber of first aid but completely free. In a year and a half we trained 4900 people and have acted in 124 cases, many of them in real life emergencies. Helpers is not only helping to save many lives but it is also an important contribution for the society, in every way, helping us to be more supportive and empathetic neighbors.
Andre also was the coordinator of a multidisciplinary team at the Ministry of Social Development of Uruguay. Every day, he and his team, which includes doctors, psychologists, social workers, and psychomotricists, provide holistic solutions to the challenges facing people with disabilities in their care. André was a counselor for Habonim Dror and later secretary of the youth movement, where he first began to work with seniors in the Israelite Home for the Elderly. He also worked as an educator for the young players of the National Football Club providing them with assistance in their formal studies as well as informal educational activities related to values such as solidarity, commitment, and responsibility. For several years André was also an educator with the Shoa Project, where his role consisted of visiting high schools in Montevideo to talk about the Holocaust, its history and legacy. In 2012 he travelled with a group of thirty Jewish people with moderate and severe disabilities to fulfill their dream of visiting Israel. André is 30 years old, with a B.A. in social work and an M.A. in social policy and community mediation. André is currently on the lookout for new projects that will enable him to improve personally and professionally.