Making the future


Assistance to the affected people started immediately after the Fundão dam failure, with the premise of guaranteeing basic human rights – access to first aid, psychological support and assistance to the families of victims and of missing people, access to information, drinking water, housing and adequate food.

After the emergency period, efforts in the areas of Health and Social Protection were concentrated on supporting the public policies of the municipalities.

Currently, about 70 professionals, including doctors, nurses, social workers and psychologists, work in Mariana and Barra Longa (MG) with the support of the Renova Foundation. Actions are also underway, such as structuring psychosocial care centers, building a Basic Health Unit (UBS) in the resettlements of Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo and strengthening the medical care and health surveillance teams.

In 2019, the Renova Foundation released the Human Health Risk Assessment Consolidation Report (ARSH), which was conducted based on samples collected in rural areas of Mariana and Barra Longa. The report noted that:

– the metals resulting from the rupture of the Fundão dam do not represent a toxicological risk to human health;

– it is not necessary to limit agricultural activities or water consumption (with treatment);

– there is no need to remove residents from the region.

Renova Foundation is entering into partnerships with the Minas Gerais State Research Support Foundation (Fapemig) and the Espírito Santo Research and Innovation Support Foundation (Fapes) to carry out new complementary studies, which will launch public notices and select the best proposals in the themes of Mental Health, Toxicology, Descriptive Epidemiology and Occupational Health.

About 70 health professionals work in Mariana and Barra Longa (MG) with support from the Renova Foundation

One of the goals of the Social Protection initiatives developed by the Renova Foundation is to support and strengthen the Public Policy on Social Assistance. In this sense, the Foundation offers financial education workshops for Social Assistance and Education professionals in Minas Gerais, in partnership with the Financial Education Association of Brazil (AEF-Brasil).

In Espírito Santo, financial education workshops are offered in partnership with the Social Service of Industry (SESI-ES). In Mariana (MG), in addition to training for professionals, human resources, equipment, vehicles and playrooms were made available.

In Barra Longa, training is offered to professionals and human resources are made available. Work plans and partnership terms are being finalized for other municipalities in the territory for actions to support public social assistance policy.


The effectiveness of the repair involves education and social protagonism initiatives.

The actions start from the concept of Education for Revitalization, which connects different visions of the future, with the training of young leaders, educators, strengthening of networks and communities of practices.

The Education Program for the Revitalization of the Doce River Basin aims to engage communities in building solutions to improve the socioenvironmental quality of the affected territories, through articulation, mobilization, training and engagement of people.

The projects start from territorial realities to engage communities to revitalize the affected areas, with the Environmental Education National Policy as a guideline, and will be implemented in the 39 affected municipalities.

The training of young leaders is at the forefront of the Renova Foundation strategies for education. The goal is to recognize young people as key players in the repair process of the Doce River Basin, through educational and socio-environmental development processes.



Strengthening Networks and Public Policies



Training of Educators and Experimental Schools

Until 2028

135 mobilized institutions
135 implemented projects
135 educational collectives created


7.380 trained educators
1.388 experimental school projects supported


Training young leaders, capable of thinking about the future of the Doce River through initiatives in the areas of sustainable development, innovation and preservation and cultural rescue of the communities affected by the Fundão dam failure through education.

Young people attend one stage of the project “We are the future of the Doce River”

This is the goal of the project “We are the Doce River Future”, which was launched by the Renova Foundation in early 2018 in partnership with the Elos Institute.

The first cycle of the project, which began in 2018, had 90 young people from 22 municipalities selected to participate in educational and leadership training processes. There were 760 subscribers in total. After a year of work, the participants learned to develop environmental, cultural and educational projects and initiatives. Today, 23 projects are being implemented.

In Santa Cruz do Escalvado (MG), for example, a group of young people uses music to bring families closer to the countryside. In Mariana (MG), since March 2019, conversation roundtables stimulate the protagonism of black youth. In Aimorés (MG), spring recharge areas are being recovered with the action of local youth.

In Baixo Guandu (ES), Camila Miranda, 27, a graduate in Environmental Sanitation Technology and student of Agronomy, showcased a project that proposes to monitor the installation of the Sewage Treatment Station (ETE) planned to the municipality.

In 2020, the project enters its second cycle. About 150 young people from 24 municipalities will be selected. The selection process is under preparation, as well as the mapping of the profiles of young people aged 15 to 29 of these municipalities

  90 young people participated in training
  23 projects projects carried out by young people at their communities
3 questions for Camila Miranda

What did you expect with this initiative?

That the work would arouse the interest of the population. This interest, this desire to be engaged and to know that our city has this money and can have this work. I had a lot of support from everyone. More than a project, this is a purpose that I have for my life – working with sanitation, the environment and water resources. I think Baixo Guandu deserves to improve the quality of our water. This is the path.


What motivated you to engage in the project “We are the Doce River Future”?

I was already graduated in Environmental Sanitation when the project was launched. As I am from Baixo Guandu, I thought that, if I was chosen, I would make a project for the Sewage Treatment Station of Baixo Guandu, a construction that had stopped. I did the training with Elos Institute to learn how to deal with the community. And it was much more than I expected. I managed to embrace the feeling.

May the work arouse the population’s interest. This interest, this desire to be involved and to know that our city has this money and can have this work. I had a lot of support from everyone. More than a project, this is a purpose that I have for my life. To work with sanitation, environment and water resources. I think Baixo Guandu deserves to improve the quality of our water. This is the way that I want to continue. Read about sanitation programs on Building new paths.

How is your project for Baixo Guandu?

I wanted a treatment plant in Baixo Guandu. When I realized that my feet were off the ground, because I wanted to make a project happen, I understood that what I could do was following-up as a population. I didn’t want to represent any institution, I wanted to be part of the population, investigating what they would do. If the city had a project, how was the Renova Foundation’s resources. In addition, I decided to do an awareness campaign with the population. And I also managed to do a sanitation forum. It was the first sanitation forum in Baixo Guandu. I managed to take public power, the population and the Renova Foundation. I was very interested in this meeting, so that everyone could know what the city is doing and what Renova is going to do.

Take a look at the first cycle of the project

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