Initially, a group of friends were already talking about the possibility of participating in an NGO with the objective of using the technical assistance of the Civil Engineering and Architecture and Urbanism courses, at first, to help Macapá both socially and environmentally. Two of these friends got in touch with André Costa, who was returning from an academic mobility at the Universidade Federal de Viçosa, where he had participated in the chapter there. They met and agreed that they wanted to implant a chapter in the North, more precisely in Macapá. For that, they needed to call more people who were compatible for the positions of directors, and others to organize their first project, generating a total of nine volunteers to start the implementation tasks, still as a chapter in experience. Their first task as a team, in January, 2019, was to carry out a social action in the Adolescent Shelter, Lar Betânia, directly impacting 22 people. After that, from many meetings, they aligned the ideas for the implementation of a project that would be responsible for the formalization of its chapter and, mainly, impact their city. Thus, they decided to implement the project called Sustainable School, in a public school, sustainable gardens in small spaces, divided in two stages: the first, there was the elaboration of workshops for children from 5th to 6th grade, to teach the importance of water, how to choose a suitable place for the garden, with the proper solar incidence, including the recycling process in the choices of materials needed, as well as the benefits of organic food for the healthy growth of children and which vegetables would be planted; the second stage was the process of building the beds and, finally, the planting, so that students care and can enjoy these foods from now on. This project aims to impact 1,000 people directly and indirectly. Also, they carried out a social action in the Old People’s Home, with the partnership of other external volunteers of the NGO, generating direct impact on 50 people. In July they saw the need to develop a process to select new members to add in the completion of the second stage of the Sustainable School project, as much as with those who will come, totaling 21 volunteers. The result of all this made them official chapter on September 12, 2019. Currently, they are organized with 5 boards: General and Vice Director; Communication Board; Project Board; Human Resources Board; Administrative, Financial and Legal Board; Sustainable School Project Coordinator, Project Member and 13 advisors, divided among the Communication, HR, Project and AFJ Directorships. Moreover, with the determination and engagement of its team spirit, it has made many partnerships organized by other institutions with the support of Macapá Chapter. Participation in events, partnerships, social actions, projects, prove the intention to generate through volunteering, sustainability, engineering, education and many other concepts, the basis for everything we have done so far, just as they are the pillars for future projects that will be undertaken by Engenheiros Sem Fronteiras – Macapá Chapter.

Their most important project so far is the Sustainable School, which aims to implement in a public school, sustainable gardens in small spaces, divided into two stages: the first, there was the elaboration of workshops for children from 5th to 6th grade, to teach the importance of water, how to choose a suitable place for the garden, with the proper solar incidence, including the recycling process in the choices of materials needed, as well as the benefits of organic food for the healthy growth of children and which vegetables would be planted; the second stage was the process of building the beds and, finally, the planting, so that students care and can enjoy these foods from now on. 

The expectation is to generate direct and indirect impact on approximately 1,000 people, who can enjoy the organic products of these gardens and, consequently, the health and welfare they generate, as well as generate awareness of the need to implement more projects like these in the city of Macapá, because a sustainable city should also be an “edible city” that feeds itself. Cities and their citizens face increasing risks of suffering from food shortages. Shortages in water supply, pollution and dependence on transport (with associated CO2 emissions) to feed urban populations are some of the factors that contribute to these risks. 

Nevertheless, with innovative agricultural projects and urban gardens, the city can feed itself, supplying a considerable part of its need for food and, at the same time, generating its ecological footprint. Bringing agriculture to the city is the main impact that the Sustainable School wants to generate.

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Status: Full Chapter.