City of São Luís do Maranhão/MA – Project: “Comprehensive Health Care Center for Older persons – CAISI “(2007 – 2009)

City of São Luís do Maranhão

Coordinators: Fabiola Veloso Medeiros and Mirtes Mendes

Place: São Luiz

This project was developed within the Comprehensive Health Care Center for Older persons (CAISI). Since 2006, the Center provides physical and social activities to older persons who live in the outlying districts of the city of São Luiz. With this project, CAISI developed an environmentally sustainable income-generation program for older persons, thus expanding the scope of its activities.

The purpose of the project is to foster appreciation of older persons by society. Recycled paper is used to make handcrafted objects, which serves to enhance self-esteem and to generate income.

The older persons were trained in paper-recycling techniques, to became instructors of new workshops; establishment of a small recycled- paper handcrafted objects factory; and development of folder persons appreciation educational campaigns.

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