|The Banco do Brasil Foundation|
The Banco do Brasil Foundation, an institution of the civic sector created by Banco do Brasil in 1985, makes social investments through its own programs, structured and based on the concept of Social Technology, with a focus on sustainability. It has the following premises: social action, economic solidarity, care for the environment and respect for local culture. The initiatives are mainly carried out in the underdeveloped regions of Brazil, in partnership with other institutions.
The mission of the Foundation is to mobilize, articulate, develop and manage sustainable social inclusion and transformation initiatives, thus contributing to the promotion of citizenship, by means of promotion, support, incentive and sponsorship initiatives. The social investment of the foundation is directed at the reapplication of social technologies in the Job and Income Creation and Education Areas.
In order to maintain its relationship with social institutions and to strengthen its role as an articulator in the promotion of solutions for different problems, the Banco do Brasil Foundation launched the Banco do Brasil Foundation Award for Social Technology in 2001. With the participation of NGOs, universities, research centers and governments, the Social Technologies Bank (BTS) was created, which brings together tried and tested solutions for social issues in different areas, such as health, education, housing, water supply, income generation, foodstuffs, energy and the environment.
Social Technology includes products, techniques and/or replicable methodologies, developed through interaction with the community, representing effective social transformation solutions.
Integrated and Sustainable Agricultural and Ecological Production (PAIS)
PAIS involves the replacement of conventional family cultivation techniques by a production system consisting of circular plots and drip irrigation, as well as the maintenance of hen houses for the creation of organic fertilizer and as a source of animal protein.
This social technology enables the cultivation of healthier foodstuffs, both for farmers’ own consumption and for commercialization. PAIS is a new alternative for work, income and improving the quality of life of people involved in family-run agricultural ventures.
Concrete Plate Cistern
With very simple technology, namely the cistern, inhabitants in semi arid areas are able to catch rainwater in sufficient quantities to enable them to make it through periods of drought. This cistern is a cylindrical tank built close to family homes, with a storage capacity of 16,000 liters of rainwater collected from roofs - enough to supply the basic consumption necessities of a family of five for up to eight months.
Biomass Digester Septic Tank (FSB)
Designed to replace the so-called “cesspools” on rural landholdings, Biomass Digester Septic Tanks treat human waste and protect water tables. As well as avoiding contamination of water resources, they are also a source of organic liquid fertilizer.
Septic tanks operate by sending waste from household toilets to three interconnected and buried collection boxes. In them, the waste is processed and transformed into biomass fertilizer, rich in nutrients for the soil.
The Foundation also prioritizes programs and Social Technologies in the education area, with a focus on classroom extension activities, overcoming illiteracy, digital inclusion and the recovery of the memory of historical figures who have contributed to the social transformation of the country.
Through the AABB Community program, children and teenagers from low-income families have the opportunity to participate in educational, recreation and leisure activities. They are also provided with suitable food and medical and dentistry assistance, thus bringing together education, health, culture, sport and leisure in order to promote social inclusion and educational development.
A literacy program for young people and adults that prioritizes the participation of quilombola (the descendants of fugitive slaves), indigenous, fishing and agricultural and extractivist communities, as well as those that survive on collecting and sorting recyclable material. The aim is to strengthen their sense of citizenship and the production processes undertaken by these social players.
This program consists of the creation of community computer areas called Digital Stations, which can be considered environments for mobilization and the promotion of citizenship.
The Memory Project
The aim of this project is to spread the work of personalities that contribute significantly to social transformation, formation of a cultural identity and development of the country.
Find out more about the activities of Banco do Brasil Foundation at: www.fbb.org.br