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Strengthening of Civil Society

Community, here!

Public schools and civil society organizations (CSOs) play an important role in the full development of children, adolescents, and young people. Their activities also also allow for a better view in regard to what sorts of changes are needed in the communities where they operate.

  • We believe that the quality of the physical-space infrastructure of public schools and CSOs, as well as the equipment used in the activities they provide, contribute to the learning and development process of girls and boys.


The context

Schools with infrastructure problems, such as a lack of restrooms and libraries, or with limited access to basic amenities, such as clean water and electricity, have less favorable conditions for teaching and learning processes. This situation makes it difficult to ensure the right to a quality education. This issue was identified in the study titled “Qualidade da Infraestrutura das Escolas Públicas do Ensino Fundamental no Brasil” [Quality of Infractructure in Public Primary and Lower Secondary Schools in Brazil] (Unesco).

Infrastructure issues are also a bottleneck for civil society organizations. The study Panorama das Organizações da Sociedade Civil de Atuação Socioeducativa [Overview of Civil Society Organizations Operating in the Social and Educational Realms] (Ceats/Itaú Social) shows that the challenges related to financial stability and adequate infrastructure affect the care of children, adolescents, and young people.

It is no wonder that one of the components of goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals, aimed at ensuring quality education, establishes the construction and improvement of facilities to provide “safe, inclusive, and effective” learning environments.

  • Improving the infrastructure of CSOs and public schools contributes to good care and the full development of children, adolescents, and young people.


Program description

The Community, here! program provides financial resources to public schools and CSOs that focus on the education of children, adolescents, and young people.

Applications for the purchase of equipment or facilities renovation, as well as acquisitions of food packets and hygiene kits can be submitted on the program website.

Check out the opportunities for support related to this program on our “editais” page (available only in the Portuguese version).





  • Apae de Cabo Frio (RJ);
  • Associação de Amparo Comunitário Pequeninos do Peri AACPP (SP);
  • Associação Amigos de Pianoro (SP);
  • Associação Comunitária Itaqui-Bacanga – ACIB (SP);
  • Associação Comunitária, Cultural, Educacional e Politica – Casa do Hip Hop (SP);
  • Associação das Famílias do Pecém (CE);
  • Associação de Pais e Mestres da Emef. Prof. Joaquim Passos e Silva (SP)
  • Associação de Voluntários Integrados no Brasil Avib (SP);
  • Associação Espírita Lar Transitório de Christie (PE);
  • Associação Indígena Kiriri da Aldeia Pau Ferro (BA);
  • Associação Missionária Atravessando os Vales (SP);
  • Associação Rede Divina Providência de Ação Social e Cidadania (RS);
  • Centro dos Direitos Humanos de Nova Iguaçu (RJ);
  • Conselho Comunitário do Parque São José – CCPSJ (CE);
  • Creche José Bezerra Lima (CE);
  • Fundação Casa do Freguês (MA);
  • Fundação Julita (SP);
  • Fundação Terra (PE);
  • Grupo de Apoio Nisfram (SP);
  • Guerreiros de Hebrom (ES);
  • IADIS – Instituto de Apoio ao Desenvolvimento e Inclusão Social (PE);
  • Instituto Educacional Nossa Senhora Aparecida (MA);
  • Instituto Hebrom (SP);
  • Núcleo de Apoio e Desenvolvimento Humano (SP);
  • Projeto Resgatando Vidas Ja (RJ);
  • Sociedade Beneficente Luz Protetora (BA).