Community associations in Barcarena signed, on Friday (05/02), a partnership agreement with the Travessia Barcarena project to support the production of non-medical facial masks by seamstresses in the municipality. Through the partnership, three local entities will coordinate the 90 professionals who currently participate in the project to increase activity and generate income. The benefited associations are Vila Nova Community Center, Renascer em Cristo Residents Association and Luz Divina Community Association.
The expectation is that more professionals will be included in the project and that 150,000 masks will be distributed free of charge to local communities. “This signing of the partnership term marks an important partnership, which has the potential to become a long-term project, helping associations to take a leading role in generating income in the territory. This is what we hope for. In this way, we are also helping to combat the circulation of the new coronavirus ”, says Eduardo Figueiredo, director of Territorial Development at Hydro.
Sandra Faé, from Synergia Socioambiental consultancy, responsible for the implementation of the project, points out that Travessia Barcarena brings the possibility of supporting income generation when the issue of job losses is in evidence. “The resources from the project come to boost the local economy. In other words, this partnership provides both the strengthening of associations and the project. Certainly, we still have many initiatives ahead. I am grateful to be together in this very important moment ”, he adds.
The articulation of seamstresses also involves professional qualification and the formation of a production network. Maria Selma, representative of the seamstresses, comments on the satisfaction of participating in the project, which will also support the prevention of Covid-19. “It is a great emotion to participate in a project like this and to know that the fruit of our work will help save people, that those masks will serve our children, our grandchildren. I hope that this is just the beginning of everything and that, from now on, our municipality and our community can participate in several other projects ”, he highlights.
Travessia Barcarena has the financial support of R$ 3.8 million, of which R$ 2.5 million is invested by the Hydro Sustainability Fund and R$ 1.3 million via PPA Solidarity, formed by USAID partners, NPI Expand managed by Palladium, Platform Partners for the Amazon (PPA) and SITAWI Finanças do Bem. In addition to supporting seamstresses, the project promotes training and income generation for family farmers in the region, who will have part of their production acquired and later donated to local communities by the project.
Hydro Sustainability Fund
It is a non-profit organization that promotes sustainable development and supports community-based projects and participatory dynamics. Established in 2019, the Hydro Sustainability Fund was born from a joint commitment by the companies Hydro, Albras and Alunorte to invest R$ 100 million to leverage initiatives and actions that contribute to the sustainable development of Barcarena (PA), over a period of 10 years. Investments in this territory are the starting point of FSH's trajectory.
The guidelines for investments made by the Hydro Sustainability Fund are defined in partnership with organized civil society, in participatory processes, and through open dialogues. In Barcarena, the first partnership is with the Sustainable Barcarena Initiative (IBS).
About PPA Solidarity
USAID, NPI Expand, the Partners for the Amazon Platform (PPA) and SITAWI Finanças do Bem have teamed up to create a partnership to help combat COVID-19 in Brazil. The “PPA Solidarity: Response to COVID-19 in the Amazon” is an initiative that engages the private sector in strategic partnerships to leverage innovative and scalable solutions to strengthen the rapid response to emergencies and combating COVID-19. In the Amazon, the Hydro Sustainability Fund is a partner in the initiative.
The initiative works with civil society and private sector partners in four lines of action: Mobilize communication campaigns on risks and community engagement in mitigation and protection measures to face COVID-19 and empower vulnerable communities and / or isolated to protect against exposure and transmission of COVID-19; Promote measures to prevent and control infections by COVID-19 in health facilities and communities; Support the local health system (hospitals, health posts and community health units / services) to respond and control COVID-19 through health and surveillance services; Support entrepreneurs, small social impact businesses and startups, producer groups and cooperatives with small financial contributions, business advisory services and access to low interest loans or microcredit.