Fundação Renova


Published in: 02/19/2019

Environmental Education , Educação Ambiental

Participants of the course led by Instituto Elos presented their proposals to a bank in January. Now they can put their actions into practice


The project “The future of the Doce River is us”, the result of an agreement between the Instituto Elos and the Renova Foundation, has gone through several important stages over the past year, providing training to about 90 young participants along the Doce River Basin. Part of the training is to promote joint efforts to realize the collective dreams of communities, revitalize public spaces and stimulate community development. In 2019, the actions continue to make progress and the young participants will be able to transform their ideas for the future of the basin into reality.

After presenting their projects to evaluating banks in the municipalities of Rio Doce and Governador Valadares in Minas Gerais, and Linhares in Espirito Santo, the time has come to put them into practice. All 23 projects are to receive funds for their practical application. Twelve of them will receive a starting fund (from $ 2,000 to $ 6,000), which covers 100% of the costs stipulated by the young participants. The other 11 will receive the so-called small starting fund, referring to 70% of the costs of the project.

In the implementation process of ideas and initiatives in the communities, the groups will be advised by the teams of the Renova Foundation and the Instituto Elos until September 2019. Among the selected projects are actions for reforestation and revitalization of springs, cultural actions, professional development for youth facing social vulnerability, black entrepreneurship, artistic workshops and much more.

Projects receiving a starting fund (100% of costs):

Avante Semear

The project proposes the institutional strengthening of the Semear cultural group, which includes social regularization, creation and maintenance of the annual agenda of activities and expansion of the action. The initiative aims at integrated and complementary actions for the cultural, educational and psychosocial development of children and teenagers of the town of Rio Doce (MG).

Casa Preta

Casa Preta proposes to heal the wounds that structural racism reproduces. The idea is to recover, through self-awareness, the awakening of a personal transformation through workshops and roundtable discussions to enhance the beauty of being black and foster black entrepreneurship in Mariana (MG).

Prainha Center

Residents of the Santo Antonio neighborhood, in Mariana (MG), dream about the reopening of Casa da Sopa, a space created in 1994 to accommodate families facing social vulnerability. The project proposes that the house, closed since 2011, be transformed into Prainha Center to welcome youth and children of the neighborhood with dance workshops, movies, games, a vegetable garden and library.

Planting and Caring

To be implemented in Santa Cruz do Escalvado (MG), the project proposes the environmental education of elementary and middle school students, through visits to the Planting and Caring nursery center. The intention is to raise the debate on reforestation and environmental preservation, distributing seedlings of native, ornamental and fruit trees that enrich the flora and fauna of the town.

GREENHOUSE: Talent Development

The project aims to connect job vacancies to youth from the outskirts of town who are facing social vulnerability and youth with disabilities in Governador Valadares (MG) – who do not have access to effective public employment and income policies. The proposal also includes psychological counseling in order to profile these young people, provide training courses and help them to develop their careers in the job market.

Revive Springs

Aimed at the young residents of the June 1st settlement in Tumiritinga (MG), the idea is to promote joint efforts to create SAFs (Agroforestry Systems). The project also aims to stimulate new activities, such as beekeeping.

Mobile Culture

A dream of young people from Belo Oriente (MG), the itinerant project aims to mobilize the community to transform different spaces of the town. The idea is to create suitable places to receive cultural activities, such as dance, theater, music and movies.

Cultural Shopping Mall

To stimulate artistic production and give way to projects that are not valued much in Tumiritinga (MG), the proposal is to create different and possible leisure activities for teenagers and youth, 
focusing on sport and culture. The main pillars of action will be graffiti, movies and capoeira.

House of Knowledge

The project proposes the creation of cultural workshops and income generation, following the principle of solidary economy and sustainability. The first action will be the reuse of school books for donation to a kindergarten in the outskirts of Sao Mateus (ES).

Fruits of Culture (CULTBIO)

Workshops and actions for cultural safeguarding and environmental education in the community of Barra do Riacho, Aracruz (ES). The project will focus on joint efforts in partnerships with other organizations in the territory.

REGA (Ecosystem Restoration and Water Management)

The itinerant project proposes to identify and restore hill tops in Aimores (MG) – recharge areas of springs. The idea is to supplement the sings recovery work already carried out by Instituto Terra, with the Olhos D’Água Springs project.

Riparian people

The proposal is to create educational and cultural actions in the district of Santo Antonio do Rio Doce, also in Aimores (MG). Dance, oratory and poetry workshops are already being prepared. The first step is to renovate a space for its reopening and occupation.

Projects contemplated with the small starting fund (70% of the cost)

Retelling one another

The project will engage the community of Mariana (MG) in two weekly meetings for researching and creating techniques and materials for storytelling. Initially, the intention is to work in the House of Knowledge with children and young people from Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo.

Instruments and Drumming

The project will hold workshops for making instruments and theoretical and practical music lessons for children in the rural area of the municipality of Santa Cruz do Escalvado (MG). The idea is to form a percussion group that will be added to the already existing work of AMA (Music and Art Association).

Station of the Arts

The project will hold itinerant events in Mariana and Ouro Preto, creating a network involving collectives and cultural movements of the neighborhood. After the creation and strengthening of this group, the plan is to transform the railway station into a cultural center and tourist spot in Mariana (MG).

Saint Joseph Trails

Youth of Barra Longa (MG) are taking the lead in creating a tourist itinerary based on the route of the Saint Joseph Trail, the old path of the Holy Missions of the 1950s. The themes that will be highlighted in the itinerary are reforestation, cultural activities and ecotourism.


The proposal is to create connections between the population of Caratinga (MG), whether residents who don’t attend local events due to lack of information, coordinators who want to develop projects, or possible investors for actions in the region.

Little seeds

The project, which provides for its application in Santana do Paraiso, Reves do Belem, Ipaba and Cachoeira Escura (MG), aims to promote sustainable practices for the cultivation of one’s own food in urban gardens and environmental education activities.

Reves Forward

The idea is to print catalogs, such as community newspapers, focused on the dissemination of formal and informal commercial businesses, artisans and service providers in Reves do Belem (MG). These materials should be of help to the community, supporting local fairs and bringing information to public spaces.

Room A113

The project is a kind of young creative lab to discuss technological solutions to problems identified in the community. The goal is to make technology and knowledge more accessible to needy communities in Belo Oriente and Cachoeira Escura, in the Doce River Valley (MG).

Machika’s the art

Initially, the proposal is to offer classes in dance, music and other art forms to the youth of the community of Nativo (ES). Then, the idea is to invest in the construction of a cultural center of local reference and to expand the methodology to other districts and towns in the region.

– Sanear Baixo Guandu

The project proposes to monitor the installation of the Wastewater Treatment Plant (WWTP) planned in the municipality – for the expansion of treated sewage in Baixo Guandu (ES) and improved water quality -, and to make the population aware of the importance of this policy using environmental education as a tool.

People United from Ortiz

The initiative proposes the organization of OASIS games along the railway line in the neighborhood of Maria Ortiz, in Colatina (ES). After the game, the group will make a planning with the residents for coming up with new locations for recreational activities in the area.

Watch this interview with the architect and urban planner Rodrigo Rubido, one of the founders of Instituto Elos.

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