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The Furnas in Action Volunteer Program- creating citizenship, was launched in 2002 to support and encourage employees to work as volunteers alongside the Company. Every year, the Social Projects Competition is held, a successful program involving volunteers from all of the company's regions departments. In 2003, employee involvement resulted in 44 projects being presented to the competition, with 34 from selected for development with support from the company. In 2004, there were 61 projects of which 36 were selected.

In 2005, a number of actions were carried out to promote social development alternatives with a focus on sustainability, based principally on the Eight Millennium Objectives. Of the 54 projects submitted, 37 were approved.

From 2006, volunteers have been encouraged to produce proposals that focus on improving the quality of life in communities located near company units, seeking to promote sustainable development in the program's four main areas:

1 - Furnas Education and Training
2 - Furnas Health and Nutrition
3 - Furnas Rights and Citizenship
4 - Furnas Jobs and Income

Turning on another Light – recovering citizenship (1)

This project aims to provide information on, disseminate and discuss issues related to citizenship, education, sexuality, health, the environment, current affairs, human rights, professional ethics and other matters using group dynamics, talks, games and literature. It began in 2005 and everybody involved is a volunteer working either at the Central Office or in Jacarepaguá (RJ).

Number of beneficiaries: 85 students between the ages of 14 and 17 in 2005; and 120 students in 2006.

Learning and winning (1)

This program trains and develops future artisans, providing specific arts and crafts courses with a focus on creating income. The program is held in Itutinga (MG).

Number of beneficiaries: 100 children and adolescents

Art & Bread (1)

This project began in 2004 in the municipal region of Nova Iguaçu (RJ), training youngsters and adults in the Adrianópolis and adjacent communities, providing courses on bread making, confectionery, decorating cakes for parties and desserts, generating income for the students' families.

Number of beneficiaries: 60 in 2004; 115 in 2005; 165 in 2006.
Total: 340 course students in three years.

Doing well at football, doing well at school (3)

This program was developed to fill in free time and reduce school absenteeism, encouraging youngsters and adolescents to take part in footballing activities and offer educational oversight. It also provides talks on citizenship. Implemented in Guarulhos (SP).

Number of beneficiaries: 30 children and adolescents.

Young Firefighters - Goianésia (1)

This program is designed to improve the quality of life for youngsters from low-income families in the region, involving them in social and educational activities that provide them with basic concepts of ethics and citizenship, focusing on the need for common in society through dialogue and awareness of rights, without recourse to violence, driving inclusion on social, political, cultural and economic issues.

Number of beneficiaries: 60 adolescents (8 to 14 years of age).

Young Firefighters - Minaçu (1)

This project began in 2003 to help educational development, ensure access to educational facilities and promote citizenship for youngsters between 10 and 17 years of age. The 10th District Fire Brigade, the Minaçu City Hall and Furnas worked together to improve company integration with the community and provide basic education on IT, first aid, building installation courses, educational assistance, saving people from fires, residential electricity and educational talks on hygiene, citizenship and sociability.

Number of beneficiaries: 30 in 2003; 80 in 2004; 28 in 2005 and 30 in 2006.
Total: 168 youngsters

Songs for love (3)

This program promotes choir singing at institutions such as hospitals and rest homes. Singing is a relaxing and therapeutic activity and the listeners benefit from increased self-esteem, well-being and longevity.

Number of beneficiaries: 650 children, adults and elderly people with cancer.

Community action (1)

In addition to encouraging people to get involved in community action, this project also: provides professional training courses to the community of Parque Aldeia, em Campos dos Goytacazes (RJ); provides children with leisure and information activities during their free time; has created an arts and crafts cooperative as an alternative source of income for people currently unemployed; and has helped to increase community awareness of the importance of preserving their environment.

Number of beneficiaries: 9,594 people.

Sewing and feeding life - (1)

This project began in 2004, in Samambaia (DF), with the goal of providing people from the local community with basic courses on cooking and needlework.

The following year, the project was expanded and in addition to the courses on cooking (pastries, sweets and savory dishes) for 40 people, and needlework for 80 people, additional courses were offered on environmental education and entrepreneurship for mothers and adolescents.

In 2006, the project started providing professional training activities, reinforcing the benefits of teamwork with talks on entrepreneurship.

Number of beneficiaries: 120 in 2004; 120 in 2005; 120 in 2006.
Total: 360 people.

Childhood and leisure – using sports to create citizenship (3)

This project began in Ibiraci (MG), in 2004, to improve the quality of life for children between the ages of seven and 16, offering sports training in basketball, five a side football and volleyball.

The project has benefited around 300 youngsters.

Citizenship Day (3)

The goal of this project is to increase awareness of citizenship and energy conservation, helping youngsters to create their identity as citizens. Held in Botafogo (RJ).

Number of beneficiaries: 605 youngsters.

Residential electricians (1)

This program began in 2005 to help youngsters in Manoel Ribas (PR) find work by training them as electricians.

Number of beneficiaries: 22 in 2005; and 25 in 2006.
Total: 45 young adults trained.

Equine therapy (3)

This program began in 2005 to help the mentally and physically disabled develop by offering therapy with horses. Held in Samambaia (DF).

Number of beneficiaries: 200 people in 2005 and 300 in 2006.
Total: 500 people.

School, a path to the future (1)

This project began in 2005 to support teaching and artistic activities for 400 students at the state school located in the residential area of the Furnas Plant (MG).

In 2006, project volunteers focused on improving people's collective life through sport, education and health, promoting the physical, educational and intellectual development of the youngsters involved.

Number of beneficiaries: 400 children and adolescents in 2005; 323 in 2006.

IT school – Young Firefighters Samambaia - DF (1)

This program enables students to exercise their citizenship through professional training courses teaching them computer maintenance and training instructors to act as multipliers on future IT courses. The company donated 300 uniforms to the students and held talks on quality of life.

Number of beneficiaries: 300 students between the ages of seven and 14, and their parents.

Home garden – planting wisely, harvesting health and energy (2)

This project, in the municipal region of Barro Alto (GO), aims to increase the local communities' awareness of the importance of growing vegetables at home and by doing so, re-educate people about the importance of food and help them reduce their spending on related products.

Number of beneficiaries: 170 people in 2005 and 500 in 2006.
Total: 670 people.

Community garden in Colômbia (2)

Implantação de horta comunitária para atender as comunidades de Bambú e Terrão, no município de Colômbia (SP).This project involves implementing a community garden to serve the communities of Bambú and Terrão, in the region of Colômbia (SP).

Number of beneficiaries: 450 people.

Community garden - São José (2)

This project was implemented at the Vila Santa Tereza Community Center, in Belford Roxo/(RJ), in order to increase the supply of foodstuffs.

Number of beneficiaries: 60 families.

Garden Vidas para Gerais (2)

This project began in 2003 to create a kitchen garden serving low-income families in the city of São José da Barra (MG).

Number of beneficiaries: 250 in 2003; 250 in 2004; 720 in 2005 and 720 in 2006.
Total: 1,940 people.

Great kitchen garden (2)

This project was developed to help drive interest in producing vegetables for people living in the communities of Aparecida de Goiânia (GO) and to generate income from surplus output.

Number of beneficiaries: 60 elderly people

Social inclusion for collectors of recyclable material (2)

This project was organized to provide people who collect recyclable waste in (SP) with an opportunity for social and cultural development, reinforcing how important their work is for society and the environment and providing them with a sense of social dignity.

Number of beneficiaries: 23 collectors

Governance laboratory (1)

This project is aimed at young people living in the region of Itatiaia (RJ), between 17 and 25 years of age, living in situations of social risk and who are interested in working in the hotel industry. The project provides qualification and academic, personal and professional training, ensuring equal access to real work opportunities. The courses employ an experimental methodology in a modular format that sets out a program on the main governance tasks.

Number of beneficiaries: 100 youngsters

Lights on the horizon (1)

This project generates income by training women who are members of the Mothers Club in Bairro Cidade Nova, Foz do Iguaçu (PR), how to make clothes and produce arts and crafts as well as customize their products.

Number of beneficiaries: 90 women

Managing poultry for egg production (1)

This project encourages social and economic activities in the Jaci Paraná (RO) community, creating small family poultry farms to produce chicken and free range eggs.

Number of beneficiaries: 200 people.

Friendly mothers – educating to support the family (4)

This project offers training to members of the Friendly Hand project on selling products and services in the region of Peixoto (MG). This project continues the work carried out during the 2005 edition and is currently structuring the organization and developing local arts and crafts techniques, management knowledge and entrepreneurs and offering technical visits to associations and trade shows.

Number of beneficiaries: 80 people in 2005 and 30 in 2006.
Total: 110 people.

Women in action (1)

This project provides additional education and professional training to women and adolescents to help increase family incomes in Samambaia (DF), increasing awareness of cooperative spirit by setting up a small manicure store.

Number of beneficiaries: 120 people.

Adrianópolis professional training workshop (1)

The workshop trains youngsters and adults in the Adrianópolis (RJ) and surrounding communities, providing courses on arts and crafts such as biscuit, sculpting fruit and vegetables, silkscreen, gardening and painting on wood, cloth and plaster.

Number of beneficiaries: 210 people.

Community bakery (1)

This program helps generate income by training men, women and youngsters in the Planura (MG) and Colômbia (SP) communities how to make bread.

Number of beneficiaries: 72 people.

Painting new dreams (1)

This program offers painting and decorating training for 81 youngsters between 16 and 24 years of age and 35 adults over 35 years of age in São Paulo (SP).

Painting new dreams in Itaim Paulista (1)

This program trains 81 young working people, aged between 18 and 24, and adults 35 or over how to paint and apply textured walls in order to help them generate income through community projects. The program is held in the Itaim Paulista neighborhood of São Paulo (SP).

Number of beneficiaries: 81 people.

Planting education, harvesting action (1)

The goal of this project is to increase social awareness by providing a better school environment at three state schools located on the outskirts of Mogi das Cruzes (SP). The program offers training on Safety, Organization and Clearing As Well as courses on how to develop small kitchen gardens, gardening and landscaping.

Number of beneficiaries: 400 students.

Power qualification – dressmaking (1)

This program offers professional training opportunities to people interested in dressmaking, increasing the employment options for women in Mogi das Cruzes (SP).

Number of beneficiaries: 24 women.

Power qualification – secretaries (1)

This program trains youngsters and adolescents to provide them with secretarial skills and help obtain their first job in Mogi das Cruzes (SP).

Number of beneficiaries: 400 youngsters and adolescents.

Community smile (2)

This program provides access to clinical and dental treatment for people living in Aglomerado da Serra, Belo Horizonte (MG) and helps increase people's self-esteem, achieving goal six of the Eight Millennium Objectives.

Number of beneficiaries: 500 people every month.

Weaving and growing (1)

Furnas and Senar (the National Rule Teaching Service), in partnership with the Multirecreativa Association, carry out activities providing free training for people who want to learn how to weave, creating an opportunity to generate income in São José da Barra (MG).

Number of beneficiaries: 28 women.

Green backyards – Jacarepaguá (2)

This project began in 2003, in Jacarepaguá (RJ), training lower school teachers, students, parents and communities how to use natural resources sustainably, by implementing organic kitchen gardens.

Number of beneficiaries: 1,382 people.

Guided visits to the Serra da Mesa hydroelectric plant (3)

State school students were given the opportunity to find out more about the work which goes on at the Serra da Mesa Plant in Minaçú (GO), the environmental concerns at the plant and how it interacts with the community. Project members include plant volunteers.

Number of beneficiaries: 768 state school students.

Citizen volunteer (3)

This project helps reinsert children and adolescents in the city of São José da Barra (MG) back into society through reading, digital inclusion, arts and crafts and encouraging them to frequent school.

Number of beneficiaries: 200 children and adolescents.

Learning and walking to tomorrow (1)

This program provides low-income youngsters in the city of Cachoeira Paulista (SP), between 14 and 21 years of age, with an opportunity to enter the job market and provide them with opportunities for personal and professional growth.

Number of beneficiaries: 33 youngsters.

Learning and having fun – young singers choir (3)

This project in Foz do Iguaçu (PR) began in 2003 to promote educational, teaching, recreational and sporting activities. The project's goals include becoming a center of excellence for social skills and helping people develop their potential in order to fully exercise their citizenship. New activities are being implemented, such as the IT course and the choir.

This is a social and preventive project, which complies with the Child and Adolescent Act, providing the people involved with mechanisms and tools to exercise their citizenship, discovering and realizing the physical and social capacities of the children.

Number of beneficiaries: 250 children.

Recycling station (1)

This project began in 2005, in Itumbiara (GO), to create jobs for the unemployed parents of adolescents in the CPT - Citizen – Profession Talent program organized by the Acampi NGO and to provide youngsters with training on environmental education and selective waste collection, by managing a recycling station.

Number of beneficiaries: 2415 people in 2005 and 2006.
Total, 4830 people.

Expressing citizenship. The body on stage – the mind in action (3)

This program offers theater courses to middle school students at state school in Minaçu (GO), as well as theoretical and practical courses on acting and also promotes a community theater group.

Number of beneficiaries: 45 youngsters.

Community pharmacy (1)

This project began in 2004 in Campos dos Coytacazes (RJ), implementing a living community pharmacy to serve the low-income population and serve as a laboratory and pilot project for recognizing pharmaceutical species of plant and teaching people how to use them properly. Partners: Cooperativa de Serviços Ambientais Ltda and Núcleo de Pesquisa em Gestão Ambiental do Centro Federal de Educação Tecnológica de Campos (RJ).

Number of beneficiaries: 1,280 people.

Future generation (1)

This project focuses on teaching Portuguese and mathematics to students in the seventh and eighth grades, enrolled at schools in Vila Santa Tereza, Belford Roxo (RJ), in an effort to improve their grades and approval rates and help them improve their chances of gaining entry to technical and professional training schools.

Number of beneficiaries: 120 people.

Judo generation - energy in sport (3)

This project began in 2005 to provide children in the Rocinha and Rio das Pedras communities of Rio de Janeiro with an opportunity to try out and develop their sports and English language skills, in an effort to reduce social exclusion and help the children use their free time for sporting, cultural and educational activities.

Number of beneficiaries: 600 children and adolescents.

Dressmaking workshop – integration for self-sufficiency (4)

Since 2005, the goal of this project has been to train women in low-income communities of Itatiaia (RJ) in dressmaking. The 15 women trained on the first course are working together to create an association in order to generate income by selling their products, which includes disposable hospital material.

Number of beneficiaries: 40 women.

Qualifications for winning (1)

This program provides youngsters and adults with qualifications as waiters, messengers, receptionists and telephone attendance, hairdressers, manicurists, painters and sales technicians to help them find jobs in Foz do Iguaçu (PR). The courses are provided by Senac and supported by volunteers from Furnas, at the Casa Família Maria Porta do Céu.

Number of beneficiaries: 800 people.

Free land at school (3)

This program offers underprivileged children and adolescents from Aparecida de Goiânia (GO) with free access to high-quality sporting, artistic and educational activities.

Number of beneficiaries: 600 children and adolescents.

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