Registration for “The Future of the Doce River That’s Us” open until March 20
Registration for the second edition of “The Future of the Doce River That’s Us” project is now open for the selection of 150 young participants who want to work on repairing their region and wish to build a network of transformers along the Doce River Basin.
The project – in partnership with Instituto Elos – is part of the Renova Foundation’s initiatives for the development of young talents in the Doce River Basin to train, mobilize and support the development of social, cultural and environmental initiatives in the municipalities impacted by the Fundao dam collapse in Mariana (MG).
With a duration of 18 months of practical training in activism and social entrepreneurship, the project will select young participants between 18 and 29 years old who live in an impacted municipality in the Doce River Basin. Registrations are open until March 20 on the Instituto Elos website.
The first edition included 90 young participants and more than 22 implemented projects. During the program, the young participants mobilized more than 4 thousand people in the Doce River Basin. More than 68% of participants believe that they will contribute to the regeneration of this region.
One of the projects is that of a resident from Baixo Guandu (ES), Camila Aparecida Correa Miranda, 27 years old, who proposed to accompany the construction of the Sanitary Sewage System (SES) in the municipality, with financial resources made available by the Renova Foundation, through the Espirito Santo Development Bank (Bandes).
To present her project, Camila Miranda, who holds a degree in Environmental Sanitation Technology and is graduating in Agronomy, organized the 1st Sanitation Forum in Baixo Guandu, on August 22, 2019, to discuss the future of sanitation, with lectures and a round table for discussion on the topic.
The co-founder of Instituto Elos and coordinator of The Future of the Doce River Project, Natasha Mendes Gabriel, highlighted the participation of youth in decision making. “Our dream is that the youth participating in “The Future of the Doce River That’s Us” occupy decision-making positions in the region, whether in the public or private sphere, and directly influence the basin regeneration process”.
For Iara Souza, Coordinator of Participatory Strategies at the Renova Foundation, the young participants in the project will have the opportunity to contribute to the repair process. “Young people will participate directly in projects that contribute to the repair process in their municipalities, in order to improve the quality of life for the entire community around them”, she says.