Youngsters from Canaã dos Carajás have a voice at international event

About Vale

12/22/2014

Youngsters from Canaã dos Carajás have a voice at international event

Maria Carolina and MailsonMaria Carolina and Mailson

The engagement of young people from Canaã dos Carajás in the efforts to achieve a better quality of life for the community, through the auspices of the ‘Ser Criança’ (‘Being a Child’) project, a Vale Foundation initiative in partnership with Health Promotion Centre, is gaining visibility on the international stage. Maria Caroline Ramos Moura and Mailson Cruz, both aged 18, were selected to take part in the 21st Pan-American Child and Adolescent Congress in Brasilia. There they gave a presentation on their work in Canaã and demonstrated the importance of spreading these values.

The duo is part of the ‘Jovens Promotores de Saúde Nova Geração’ (‘New Generation – Young Promoters of Health’) group, consisting of 30 individuals working in Vila Bom Jesus, in Canaã (PA). There, Maria Carolina and Mailson go around with the ‘Ser Criança’ (‘Being a Child’) tent, promoting leisure activities to raise awareness among the community on matters such as healthy habits, sexuality and vaccination. All the activities are monitored by technicians from the municipality’s Basic Health Units (UBS).

Maria Carolina Ramos Moura was Brazil’s rural community representative and gave a speech during the official opening of the event. From her perspective, it was very gratifying to be one of those chosen to speak about the project’s importance to the communities it serves. “The expectation now is that the project will continue to improve living conditions for the residents of Bom Jesus, in Canaã. This has always been our focus: the promotion of health and a better quality of life for the community. This was one of the points we made at the event,” she said.

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Youngsters from Canaã dos Carajás have a voice at international event