With the recycling of caps and plastic bottles, students from Brazil will send donations to Fraternity without Borders projects in Africa
By Kethelyn Mara – FWB
The Christian school Estação Criança, in Campo Grande – MS, joined the educational program Bottles into the Sea, of the humanitarian organization Fraternity Without Borders (FWB) and has already mobilized the participation of 85 students, from kindergarten to elementary school, from 2nd to 5th grade.
“I learned about the Bottles into the Sea program from Angela, who is part of the FWB team, during a solidary action in an indigenous village near Ponta Porã. She told me about the objective of the program, I was delighted, and thought that we needed to help in some way. Our little, with someone else’s little, will become a lot,” recalls Tatiana Biancão, responsible for the school.
The educational program from FWB, Bottles into the Sea was created by educator Ana Lúcia Caetano in 2017. Currently, three schools are part of the program, one in Mato Grosso do Sul and two in the state of São Paulo. The focus is to train and teach students about the importance of performing and contributing to humanitarian causes, through environmental awareness.
“Last year, we gathered all the information about the Program, registered the school, and organized all the planning for each action. This year, we have already started all the pedagogical work with our students and programmed our first action together with the community”, Tatiana details.
The action will take place this Friday, February 25th, starting at 2pm, in the Coronel Antonino neighborhood, with the goal of collecting plastic caps and bottles lying around the streets. The collected material will be recycled, and the value will be donated to FWB projects to promote the education of African children.
In addition, plastic bottles customized by the students have been placed around the school for anyone who is willing and able to make coin donations.
“The kids have started to bring in the coins, they are super engaged and excited. It is very nice when we teach and encourage the children to do the good,” says Tatiana.
About the Bottles into the Sea Program – launched in 2021, the First Educational Program of the humanitarian organization Fraternity without Borders aims to prepare students as agents of change in the world through feelings of empathy and fraternity in the school environment. There are two modalities, the first being to place bottles at strategic points within the schools and encourage students to make monetary donations, according to their will and possibilities. The other is the collection and recycling of disposable bottle caps, and the amount collected is given to the FWB. In both cases, the funds collected will be used to build schools, buy school materials, and provide pedagogical support for the educational activities developed in the organization’s projects.
How to became part of it – Schools from Brazil and abroad can participate. The Program is 100% free and voluntary, and to take part, a school representative must register at https://garrafasaomar.fraternidadesemfronteiras.org.br.
About Fraternity Without Borders – FWB is a humanitarian and Non-Governmental Organization, headquartered in Campo Grande (MS) and operating in Brazil and internationally, with operations in eight countries, in some of the poorest places on the planet, with hope and a deep desire to help, end hunger, and build a world of peace. The institution has 74 work centers, maintains shelters, offers food, health, vocational training, education, sustainable agriculture, construction of houses, and embraces projects for children with microcephaly and rare diseases. All the work is maintained through donations and mainly by sponsorship. More information can be obtained at www.fraternitywithoutborders.org