Vale Foundation’s projects and initiatives are developed and structured on Education, Basic Health, Productive Inclusion, and Social Protection, and include five Knowledge Stations. The projects are implemented in the territories in which Vale operates. On this page, you can learn more about the projects and filter considering the theme, the state or the city of operation.
The Knowledge Stations are initiatives of Vale Foundation. The spaces offer educational, cultural and sport activities during school hours, with the main audience of children and adolescents aged 6 to 17 years. Through their programs, they contribute to the social development of the communities served, fostering creativity, innovation, articulation of partnerships, participation and sharing of actions between public entities and organized civil society and communities, valuing the characteristics of each region. There are five Knowledge Stations, located in the cities of Arari (MA), Brumadinho (MG), Serra (ES), Marabá and Tucumã (PA). They are independent institutions, maintained mainly with direct resources from vale Foundation, incentivized resources from Vale and resources from partner companies.
The program seeks to contribute to the full literacy of children in public schools in the 24 cities located along the Carajás Railroad (Estrada de Ferro Carajás – EFC), in Maranhão. The actions include training the technical teams of the State and Municipal Education Departments, educators and the mobilization of the school community for literacy.
Literary Routes and Networks
The program supports public education networks to structure the policy for promoting books and reading and to integrate reading actions into the curriculum. The program promotes access to books and reading through the expansion of the schools’ literary collection and the training of teachers in reading mediation, in addition to improving the rooms and reading corners of schools.
Permaculture in Arari
Project aimed at the creation of a Center of Excellence in Permaculture and Bioconstruction at the Arari Knowledge Station, in Maranhão, which promotes and generates social technologies and solutions for the sustainable production of family farming in the surrounding communities. The Center provides technical advice and rural extension in the production process, strengthening food security and generating income for the families served.
Women of Maranhão Network
It is a collective formed by the social businesses that were incubated, accelerated and graduated by AGIR executed on the Carajás Railroad (Estrada de Ferro Carajás – EFC). The social businesses that make up the Network are formed mainly by women, who marketed products through the EFC passenger train window. With the modernization of the train, in 2015, the windows were closed and these women lost their main source of income. Vale Foundation supported the groups in their reinvention in the face of the new scenario and encouraged network associations. Women of Maranhão Network gains prominence through the dynamization of its productive activities, integrating new groups and gaining new markets.