Best Projects 2020 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.
Projeto Buscando a Utopia
Published on September 20, 2020 um 17:33
Type of Enterprise
Year the ngo or company was founded
Explain your project in details:
Our project started on September 29, 2017, with the objective of mobilizing the youth of Rio Grande does Norte to engage in social causes and search solutions for our community, aiming at the sustainable goals of the UN. The project arose from a school gymkhana, in which the coordinators of Buscando a Utopia managed to collect about 3 tons of food for donations during a challenge. In the beginning, we started with monthly actions only directed at social institutions, such as the magic show that we organized at Varela Santiago, which treats children with cancer, the donation of toys, and the day of games that we did at the Patronato da Medalha Milagrosa orphanage, and donations to asylum, homeless people, nursery school and animal shelters. Afterward, we realized the need to talk and awaken people to climate action, considering that our state, known for its beautiful beaches, was losing that title due to pollution. With that, we started cleaning groups on the main beaches, conducting awareness conversations with bathers, and collecting the sand garbage. This action made us make our biggest partnership, with the Million Waves Project, which transformed every plastic bottle we collected on the beach into prostheses for donations. Currently, during the pandemic, we are spreading guidelines to prevent the COVID-19 and help families that are facing financial difficulties due to the paralysis of the economy.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
According to the Natal Public Cleaning Company, 115 tons of garbage was collected on the capital's beaches after last year. The weight is equivalent to five adult humpback whales, a species that usually visits our coast . "In two years, the number of homeless people in Rio Grande do Norte has tripled, around 240%, according to the Tribuna do Norte newspaper." "The most recent data from the National Education Development Fund, FNDE, show that there are 1,085 works for school daycare centers and pre-schools paralyzed across the country." These data are found not only in the reality of the state of Rio Grande do Norte but of the whole of Brazil. The Buscando a Utopia project has already managed to make a donation, through the sale of water on the beach by its members, of 400 reais in school supplies for a municipal daycare center, which did not start classes due to lack of capital for materials. Also by selling water, we help treat 50 animals at the shelter of the Instituto Senhores Patas. In addition, we reached around 20 homeless people, donating clothes and food, and 100 children from the Patronato da Medalha Milagrosa orphanage, where we collected and donated around 200 toys. And, through the magic show we performed at the children's hospital Varela Santiago, we managed to have a fun day with 30 children undergoing cancer treatment. We also donated to two nursing homes, where, through collections and partnerships, we managed to collect about 100kg of food and 40 geriatric diapers. In relation to our climate actions, it is estimated that we were able to reach and speak to more than 100 bathers and collect more than 20kg of garbage.
Sustainability and future plans
The purpose of the project is to mobilize as many young people as possible to lead the change that our community needs. And, consequently, become the protagonists that our world needs to seek a more equal, solitary, and sustainable world. For this reason, our group is composed and organized by about 15 permanent students, most of them from high school and colleges. However, also have volunteers act in a flexible manner, appearing in specific actions without commitment to the project. Our collection method consists of three methods: the collections made by the street, asking from house to house, the water sales on the beach made by the members of the project, and finally, partnerships. Social media is the main way we publicize our project, recruit new volunteers, and find the ideal partners for each action. The coordination of the project is composed of three members who share the functions of planning the solidarity action of the month, searching for partners and institutions that need help, and managing marketing on social networks. Our plans for the future are to find more young people willing to volunteer, as well as greater partnerships to raise funds and more attention and political participation for the social, educational, and climate problems faced by Brazil. Youth has the power of transformation and activism, and it is this role and responsibility that we encourage through the project, with the purpose of taking care of our planet and people equally.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
Greetings! My name is Talyta, I am 19 years old, and I am from Brazil. I am recently graduated from high school and in a gap year to acquire new experiences before entering my dream course: journalism. But my passion is more than words, is the one who speaks them. Throughout my high school, I held leadership positions as leader of the student council, newspaper school chief editor, and it was during these positions that I discovered the power that youth has in generating mobilization and impact on society. During the first year, I become the coordinator of the project Buscando a Utopia, a project designed to revolutionize youth, aiming to fulfill the UNs Global Goals. And that is where I found my purpose with my community. In the second year, I was selected and received a scholarship to be part of the Latin American Leadership Academy, where I learned more about leadership, sustainability, and entrepreneurship. After that, I got involved with other projects, such as the Acadêmicos, which I wrote a free ebook teaching students how to create projects within the school environment. I am part of Girl Up, an initiative of the UN Foundation that supports girls to reach goal 5: Gender Equality. I am the leader of my state, in which we had aimed political achievements, such as having a law project made by us about combat menstrual poverty filed by a State Deputy and awaiting a vote to become law. This year I also was selected to be an ambassador for the World Literacy Foundation that explores objective 4: access to education, where I am learning more about how to search for solutions to resolve illiteracy. I am also passionate about music, which made me become a cellist in the orchestra of the Ondas Musicais.
Donations to homeless people in Natal
"The beach is ours, the garbage is yours", Ponta Negra Beach, Natal/RN - Brazil
Donations collected for the Lar do Anciao asylum