Programs coordinated by IIP benefitted over 28,500 people in 2016
In late April, International Paper Institute released its 2016 activities report. In total, 28,574 people benefitted from projects carried out by IIP and its partners in 14 cities. For the sake of comparison, the number of people impacted by initiatives is more than twice the estimated population of the city of Luiz Antonio (SP), which currently has around 13,703 inhabitants, according to the IBGE.
IIP in numbers – Over the course of a year, 24 actions were carried out in 10 projects coordinated by the Institute. Together, the initiatives totaled BRL 1.2 million in investments in the Corporate Social Responsibility area, showing IIP’s commitment to the social and educational development of children and adolescents. See some of these projects:
EEP – The goal of the Environmental Education Program (EEP) is to hold a dialog with Primary School teachers and students to demystify issues related to sustainability in paper production. During school visits to units, topics are covered that include the importance of planted forests in preserving native flora and fauna as well as IP initiatives to recycle and treat effluents. In 2016, the EEP benefitted 3,161 people, among students and teachers.
Formare – Since 2010, the IP Formare School Project has already prepared over 250 young people to take their first steps in the labor market. Every year, 50 adolescents – 20 from the city of Mogi Guaçu (SP), 20 from Luiz Antônio (SP) and the surrounding region and 10 from Três Lagoas (MS) – are selected for a 9 month course at the IP units.
In addition to attending classes given by IP professionals who act as Volunteer Educators (VEs), these young people receive advice on their studies and careers. They also learn about the pulp and paper industry. Last year, 248 people took part in Formare activities.
Guardians of the Water – Aimed at getting people to think about conscientious use of water resources, the Guardians of the Water project has been around since 2008, mobilizing basic education students and teachers while also extending activities to the community. In 2016, initiatives took place in the city of Rio Verde (GO) and were split into three phases: the first was “Waterline,” which included a talk by sailor Amyr Klink with public school students and a photo exhibition of Klink’s expeditions. This phase impacted 4,047 people.
The second phase, “Espaço Mundi,” brought the “Dr. Drop against Waste” show to the community, benefitting 4,966 people. The play, which used an inflatable set in the shape of a half globe, covers situations related with wasting water.
The initiative ended in the third phase with IIP awarding the best projects to reduce water consumption proposed by the schools. Altogether, the three phases of implementing Guardians of the Water impacted 10,225 school community members in Rio Verde.
Supportive Beekeeping – In 2016, honey production in planted forests in Mogi Guaçu and Luiz Antônio reached 15 tons, nearly twice as much as produced in 2015 (8.4 tons). Last year, IIP hired a consulting firm to provide guidance to clandestine beekeepers so that they could operate within safety norms, inviting them to join the project.
Nature and Body – The project, developed in the city of Três Lagoas, brought a community garden to 300 students ages 12 to 16. They had the chance to visit a rural settlement before they started planting vegetables and leafy greens in school gardens.
SEE – The Essay and Literary Contests of the Social and Environmental Education Project (SEE) involved 449 people, among junior high school teachers and students in (5th and 9th grade). Based on the UN theme of “2016, international year of pulses,” the participants wrote about healthy eating. However, prior to the contest, teachers took part in workshops to bring the topic to the classroom for a debate.
Book City – The IIP program to foster reading benefitted 12,974 people in 2016 and ended a seven-year cycle, after visiting the cities of Mogi Guaçu (SP), Três Lagoas (MS), Ribeirão Preto (SP), Suzano (SP), Paulínia (SP), Franco da Rocha (SP), Itapeva (SP), Rio Verde (GO) and Manaus (AM).
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