Saturday, February 21, 2015 - 16:50

InterCement launches social projects for the Ilha do Bispo community

Projects to defend children's rights recuperate educational units, professional courses and restore historic and cultural heritage.

InterCement, the Camargo Corrêa Institute (ICC) and the Community Development Committee (Comitê de Desenvolvimento Comunitário) of João Pessoa present to the government authorities and the community, four social projects to promote community enterprising spirit and contribute toward the sustainable development of the island, Ilha do Bispo, in the state of Paraíba. The event takes place on the farm, Fazenda da Graça, a space owned by the company factory, starting at 2:00 p.m. next Thursday, January 22.

The projects that will be put into effect throughout 2015 were organized based on the mapping conducted last year in the region, regarding the community demands. Social initiatives conducted on the Ilha do Bispo by InterCement, such as the Dia do Bem-Fazer (Good Deed Day), a corporate volunteer event put on by the Camargo Corrêa Group, or the Baby Week (Semana do Bebê) in partnership with the foundation, Fundação Maria Cecilia Souto Vidigal in defense of the rights of early childhood (gestation and children from 0-3 years of age) also serve as a base for forming new projects.

The municipal secretaries of Education, Health and Social Assistance, by means of their local representatives will be some of the strategic partnerships of InterCement in the activities of Ilha do Bispo. Each project shall be presented with the participation of representatives of entities that will conduct these actions. "We have identified the need to take action on three priority fronts: guarantee early childhood rights, recover educational units, expansion and qualification of professional courses and formation and restoration of historic and cultural patrimony. In this regard, the partners are fundamental for the success of the projects, "explains Ana Cristina Ramos, unit manager of the InterCement in João Pessoa.

Ilha de Direitos - A Casa do Pequeno Davi, an NGO partner of InterCement in the region, will conduct an initiative together with the social assistance network in the Ilha do Bispo, focused on the defense of early childhood rights. The Ilha de Direitos Project proposes to conduct a participative diagnosis in attention to early childhood, training professionals according to the data gathered to strengthen the network also including implementation of an Pilates unit for pregnant women promoting physical health, decreased pain and bone loss resulting in a state of well-being and decreased anxiety.

Shantala (Indian massage) workshops will also be part of the efforts to offer parents and caregivers more contact with the baby and expand care connections. Another activity is training doulas or labor coaches to provide humanized accompaniment before, during and after birth. The proposals rely on the support of Crei - Centro de Referência de Educação Infantil (Crei - Center and Reference of Childhood Education), Unidade de Saúde da Família, Pastoral da Criança (Unit of the Family Health and Child Center), Arca - Associação Recreativa Cultural e Artística (Arca - Cultural and Artistic Recreational Association), the Associação Comunitária Índio Pirajibe (Pirajibe Indigenous Community Association and the Centro de Referência da Assistência Social (Social Assistance Reference Center).

Together for the Ideal School – the Juntos pela Escola Ideal Project involves four public schools in the region: Raul Machado, José Peregrino, Frutuoso Barbosa and the Centro de Referência em Educação Infantil Mᵃ José Burity (Childhood Education Center). The objective of the project is to identify immediate infrastructure and equipment needs of the institutions and organize volunteer improvement groups. The volunteers are trained by professionals from InterCement, the community and the schools themselves, to undertake repairs of the physical structures and revitalize recreational spaces.

Toward the Future – the other focus of operations will be on productive social inclusion of young people. In partnership with the NGOs, Essor and Amazona and support from Senai, the ICC team will implement the Toward the Future project. The action is to expand professional training opportunities for young people in a vulnerable social situation offering dignified work opportunities and income, increasing the network of locals for the sustainability of their actions.. The classes will take place at the Arca and da Associação Comunitária Índio Piragibe headquarters.

Restoring historic and cultural patrimony – the fourth project is for the purpose of training 60 young people in the restoration of historic and cultural patrimony, with training focused on the areas of woodworking, furniture, gardening, carpentry and sawmilling. This is a project using Rouanet law incentives, with the support of the Culture Ministry, the State Government and the Mayor's Office. The project also includes maintenance services and monitored visits to the Capela da Graça - which is a Jesuit chapel from the XVII century and placed under the trust of IPHAN - Instituto do Patrimônio Histórico e Artístico Nacional (Brazilian Historic and Artistic Patrimony Institute).

See the complete event program below

2:00 p.m.
Reception of invited guests
2:30 p.m.
Arca artistic presentation
InterCement institutional presentation
3:00 p.m.
Social Investment Presentation
3:15 p.m.
Fundação Maria Cecília Souto Vidigal video
Ilha dos Direitos Project presentation
3:30 p.m.
Toward the Future (Rumo ao Futuro) presentation
3:45 p.m.
Together for the Ideal School (Juntos pela Escola Ideal) video presentation
4:00 p.m.
GAIV presentation
4:10 p.m.
Closing speech and cultural presentation
4:30 p.m.
Guided tours through the Capela da Graça