Conhecimento Serra and Arari Stations

Conhecimento Serra, in the state of Espírito Santo, and Arari, in the state of Maranhão, have been maintained by the Vale Foundation since 2011. After school hours they offer educational sports activities, numeric and digital literacy, culture, in addition to health services, acting fully to contribute to the development of children and adolescents in the municipalities where they are present.

In the evaluation carried out by IDIS, the results revealed that the activities and experiences lived by the beneficiaries contributed positively to the educational and personal development, strengthening of interpersonal and collective relationships and expansion of health care. By also offering activities for the student’s families and the surrounding community, the Stations had an impact on the greater participation of parents and guardians in the lives of children and adolescents, and also on the perspectives of entering the job market, by offering professional training workshops.

Juazeiro corn production incentive

Developed in Pará, with the support of the mining company Vale, the Juazeiro corn production incentive project integrates rural producers participating in APRANE (acronym for Association of Small Producers of Nova Esperança Camping, in portuguese). Through the acquisition of production inputs, contracting technical assistance and machinery, rural producers had an increase in income, which is the main goal of the project. With the greater managerial and technical capacity, the quality of the product offered made the community recognized in other locations, contributing to make them feel more proud of the profession they exercise.

In addition to gathering evidence on the social impacts generated, the studies also pointed out opportunities for improvement and recommendations for projects to increase their transformation power.

Vila Conceição Education Circle

Supported by Vale, in a partnership with ACIB (acronym for Community Association Itaqui-Bacanga, in portuguese) and the Union of Residents of Vila Conceição, in the state of Maranhão, the project Vila Conceição Education Circle promotes educational development and the strengthening of community actions, generating autonomy and making the community an agent of change in the territory. The focus on community development and the strengthening of a local support network for children, adolescents and their families. In addition to providing direct assistance to boys and girls, parents and/or guardians of students, it promotes follow-up and alignment meetings, workshops with the participation of public bodies, in order to facilitate access to essential assistance and health services and external cultural activities.

After a study carried out by IDIS, it was verified that the project positively impacts the educational development, sociability, sense of collectivity and strengthening of parental bonds between children, adolescents and the mothers of the participants. The report also showed the impact on the Project’s social educators, with emphasis on pedagogical development. Through conducting the study, it was found that the project achieves the objective of promoting educational development and strengthening community actions, generating autonomy and making the community an agent of change in the territory.