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If partnership exists, communities win.

Beraca Institute visit to Piauí marks a new socio-environmental project support phase

  • If partnership exists, communities win.
  • If partnership exists, communities win.
  • If partnership exists, communities win.
  • If partnership exists, communities win.
  • If partnership exists, communities win.

Piauí is part of a large national area marked by drought, having in its hinterlands regions of extreme aridity and permanent challenges. Since the late 1980s, the climate has changed due to fires and deforestation, and in some territories, even desertification has occurred. These occurrences affected rural settlements that were formerly productive and resilient to drought. Now, some communities are tied to the context of the water truck, constantly living without water.

Aveda, together with Beraca Institute and PACE - Piauí, Água, Cidadania e Ensino, renewed their partnership to promote socio-environmental development in the semi-arid region. To this end, the Executive Director of Beraca Institute, Deborah Goldemberg, visited five communities in the Municipality of Curimatá to review the first local initiatives created as outcomes of this partnership moreover guarantee new investments for project's maintenance.

In its first phase, the project took place in three semi-arid communities of southern Piauí: Baio, Morro do Boim and Flecha, with water wells construction, day care centres and rural school improvement, besides the creation of gardens mandalas - a permaculture technique of organic agricultural production. With the visit, Beraca Institute traces a new phase to the project. Deborah Goldemberg highlights the Baio community experience, where there is an active and growing social transformation. Baio is an extremely resources local politics lacking community and it "benefited from pumps and faucets equipped water well, from school restructuring -  the best rural school in the region nowadays - and the mandala gardens creation".

In this second phase, the aim is to improve these communities with social entrepreneurship initiatives, and to expand the actions of the project to more villages, growing achievements and contributing to transforming the reality of these towns in Piauí semi-arid. Beraca Institute prospected three new communities: Extrema, Damázio and Olho D'água-Alegre, socially engaged villages willing to be part of the project. In community workshops, Beraca Institute heard from community members what are the main difficulties they face and what are their dreams and plans. Besides, they evaluated the productive potential and the social capital of the communities, to understand where social investment impact may be more relevant and thus optimised.

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