Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Amazonida Citizen Office
Explain your project in details:
The main objectives of the project are the universalization of sanitation in the Amazon region, the promotion of sustainable and resilient communities, the training of residents in sanitation and environmental practices, the reduction of urban violence rates in the outskirts of the city, the development of community gardens and a survey of data with an estimated impact of at least 500 people. The activities are based on the promotion of training in various fields through partnerships between students and teachers of various courses of the Federal University of Pará and groups in the city of Belém aimed at local sustainable development. Lectures and courses will be organized for the communities; health care; Actions of urban acupuncture aimed at reducing violence in the peripheries; Solutions in sanitation and environment suitable for the reality of the Amazon and actions of environmental education through public, university and private partnerships. We seek to develop communities by proposing a reflection about the city and the search for safer, creative and welcoming public spaces based on the collaboration of society and an innovative perspective based on the Amazon biome, co-creating solutions with the community itself. Our differential is based on the co-creative construction with the community, through an empathic and participatory listening to promote the beneficios that the community deems necessary. We also use all the technical and inspirational potential that university youth holds to materialize the dreams of those who believe in a more sustainable and egalitarian Amazon among its citizens.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
Samtec Jr began operating in 2018 with effluent monitoring plans for the Federal University of Pará, offering courses at a low cost in the fields of composting, entrepreneurship, contaminated area management, installation and fire fighting, directly impacting more than 200 university students ; The environmental education programs promoted in squares, beaches, events and communities have an estimated impact of 500 people. Samtec operates in network systems where we have more than 60 associate volunteers from the most diverse courses of the Federal University of Pará, the University of the State of Pará and private universities to propagate the knowledge acquired in universities and put it into practice serving the population in favor of a transdisciplinary and cross-border sustainable development in order to democratize the information on the environment and solutions based on the possible nature to solve environmental problems in the Paraense Amazon. Impact assessment measures are based on enrollment in offered courses, donated compost, completed and ongoing projects, cash flow and associated volunteer flows.
Sustainability and future plans
Samtec Jr is a non-profit institution that, through partnerships with public and private initiatives, seeks to offer services in the area of sanitation and the environment by producing, democratizing and innovating the knowledge and actions for sustainable development in the Amazon Pará, always prioritizing the population in situations of socioeconomic and environmental vulnerability. We use Nature-Based Solutions to promote access to water for riparian communities, sewage treatment; Development of sensors and programming skills for peripheral women; Hydrosanitary projects; Environmental education and technical training in various areas of sanitation and free environment through partnerships for financing or at low cost when we do not have partnerships to perform services, so we raise funds and invest in projects. Because it is an innovative junior company, growth plans vary greatly according to the needs of the population of the State of Pará to develop sustainable alternatives. The plans for growth are updated as the members of the board of directors are renewed, the plans of the current board (up to 2020) are based on organic growth, through the development of new products, expanding the market with a focus on appropriate innovations, mainly for the with data collection through partnerships with the Fundamental Regularization Commission (CRF) of the Federal University of Pará (UFPA).
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My name is Karla Giovanna, I'm 22 years old and I'm a nonconformist with the reality of my people. I was born and raised in Belém of Pará, a city in the Amazon where there are rivers all over the corner and many of them are our streets, which means that the Paraense population has a deep connection with the rivers and forests. However, with the advent of urbanization and the arrival of new industries, public policy and politicians, I grew up seeing my home being plundered, destroyed and the people who once lived harmoniously with nature migrated to suburbs without sanitation and infrastructure to survive and get some money working for people who dont understand anything about the Amazon biome and who develop "solutions" that soon become problems, such as the problem of solid waste in the city of Belém where they imported a solution model that would never fit the region. The same goes for the inefficient water treatment, and the nonexistent sewage treatment that uses the high flows of our rivers as a "solution" of exhaustion. So in 2017 I started my studies in favor of social entrepreneurship and developed a solution for the treatment of water in riverside islands through a nature based solution, in 2018 I presented the innovation at the 8th World Water Forum, I went back to Belém and founded with university students Samtec Jr, a non-profit institution, where we began to develop solutions for the population in socioeconomic vulnerability and to bring together people in favor of environmental activism in the Amazon with technical and political resolution proposals permeating local sustainability and promoting engagement of young people for a sustainable Amazon impacting a few hundred people in less than two years.