Will to learn

Will to learn

In the hinterland, 2017 has started full of news: the 8th edition of the Training Project was held in January.
With the theme “EDUCATION TO TRANSFORM. FACING THE FUTURE”, more than 350 education professionals who work in the TCs (Transformation Centers) of Amigos do Bem villages were gathered at Catimbau Transformation Center (State of Pernambuco). The Training objective is to turn professionals into multipliers of education in the hinterland, through the constant improvement over their specific skills and areas.

To this end, volunteer coaches from São Paulo presented the didactic material of the school year Transformation Centers workshops. They are activities and group dynamics for classes of: dance, theater, capoeira, English, school reinforcement, sports, besides cooking, computer science, manicure and hairdressing.
The Transformation Centers units follow a standard pedagogical line, respecting their specificities and guaranteeing an uniform educational development. The proposal is to promote more and more dynamics to motivate students – and there is something new: the inclusion of the mathematics workshop in this semester.

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Amigos do Bem Trainings happen every six months.Romário Silva, a music teacher at Torrões Transformation Center in Alagoas, says: “It was a lot of learning! DudaMoura, who came from São Paulo, solved our doubts and I, who already know how to play the guitar and the percussion, have learned a little more about the bass, the keyboard and the drums.”.

Romário is studying Pedagogy because of a scholarship given by one of the Amigos do Bemprojects. He remembers his first training: “Through Amigos do Bem, I have learned even more to put it into practice. So, I have been improving on the guitar to transmit my knowledge in the music classes at the TC.”, he says..


This was Mariana Rodrigues’ first Training. She is a volunteer music instructor from São Paulo. Her words: “They are a reflection of what you teach, they have a will to learn. Some of them hurry during coffee break and lunch time so they may return to theirclassroom to study.”

In addition to the volunteers from São Paulo, this edition was attended by the president of Amigos do BemAlcioneAlbanesi. “These children who once ran in the middle of the dry bush are here today, they are our educators and are in college,” she celebrates and reinforces the importance and responsibility of this work.

Watch the video on the Training Project.

Christmas transforms

Christmas transforms

“Who would have thought that a trip which started with a friends group would become one of the biggest social projects of our country? An army of good turns every day into a Christmas celebration.”

We went on our first trip to the hinterland in 1993 Christmas. This trip has brought us the true meaning of Christmasconsciousness. Since then, we have been providing the necessary assistance to thousands of people every year, but above all, we have been giving them LOVE.
When we help someone, we are the greatest beneficiaries. Doing good turns us into better people for life.I thank all Amigos do Bem members and everybody who collaborates so that thousands of people may live Christmas every day.

With love,
Alcione Albanesi
President of Amigos do Bem

In the last 50 years worst drought, Santa Clauss appears and Amigos do Bem brings joy and hope to thousands of children. A 200 volunteers team carried out the Christmas distribution for more than 60 thousand people who are assisted in the northeastern hinterland. Divided in the states of Alagoas, Pernambuco and Ceará, the teams represented the work of more than 6,800 volunteers from São Paulo, who daily perform various tasks, such as collecting, assembling and organizing all the donations to serve the families from the hinterland.

captura-de-tela-2016-12-22-as-14-46-57In addition to distributing food, clothing, toys and layettes, they carried the mark of love through many hugs. Each team was attended by the good old Santa, who spread joy to children, young people and even adults, that rarely have the opportunity to celebrate Christmas.

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Focused on next year proposes, socio-educational talks were held. Issues such as forgiveness, family and transformation were addressed, so people were able to interact in the proposed dynamic. For youngs and children, lectures were also held with topics focused on behavioral issues that reflect in the family life and in the socio-educational development.

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Pequena

Pequena

Find out the history of Pequena. BEFORE – Known as “Pequena” Dalvanira was born in the Valley of …

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BEFORE – Known as “Pequena” (the little one), Dalvanira was born in the Valley of Catimbau, in Pernambuco. She lived in a mud house, without water or power system. For a long time, she survived with some beans that have resisted the drought.

AFTER – With the arrival of Amigos do Bem, everything changed. The family of Pequena was one of the first Amigos do Bem villages resident. Pequena works at the candy factory, her husband grows cashew, her young daughters and sons work in the nut manufacturing and her young kids study in our Transformation Centers.

Marta e Maria

Marta e Maria

Find out the history of Marta and Maria. BEFORE – Marta and Maria lived with ..

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BEFORE – Martha and Mary lived with her parents and seven brothers in Pernambuco, in absolute misery and abandonment. This photo depicts the day they were found by Amigos do Bem: their eyes were downcast and their clothes were dirty and torn.

AFTER – Today, they live in the Amigos do Bem village of Catimbau (PE) and attend the Transformation Center, where they learn activities such as IT, English, Music and Arts. Their smiles adorn a new life, full of joy and opportunities.

Ivan

Ivan

Find out the history of Ivan. BEFORE – It was a cold night in a remote and deserted village, …

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BEFORE – It was a cold night in a remote village where Ivan was found by Amigos do Bem. There were few families and centuries of suffering.

AFTER – Ivan has promptly become a mason and helped to build the houses in our villages. His five children are studying in the Transformation Centers of Amigos do Bem. Maira, the oldest, is currently a monitor and is also being prepared to apply to College.

Helena

Helena

Find out the history of Helena. BEFORE – Helena lived in Breus, a poor town of Pernambuco, …

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BEFORE – Helena lived in Breus, a poor town of Pernambuco, in a thatched house with dirt floor and stick beds. Helena remembers the days of much difficulty, when she used to offer water with sugar to ease the hunger of her 11 children: “There were days I did not eat anything.”

AFTER – Today, Helena dedicates herself to activities in the Amigos do Bem villages, her husband works in the cashew plantation; her young sons and daughters work in the manufacture of nuts; and her small children attend our Transformation Centers.