October 16, 2013

APAE students receive new handicrafts workshop


The project involves 160 students and creates new opportunities for expression and preparation for the labor market


On October 11, APAE – Poços (Association of Parents and Friends of the Intellectually Disabled of Poços de Caldas) inaugurated the new handicrafts workshop area, whose objective is to prepare students for the labor market. The project was made feasible because of partnerships with the Instituto Alcoa, which donated R$ 100,000, with the Curimbaba Foundation and the Alfredo Barbosa Jr. architectural office. The workshops are attended by 160 students who have lessons in recycling paper (newspapers, magazines, books, notebooks and other products), cardboard and wood. The products they make are then sold and the income ploughed back into the workshops themselves and into apprentice development.

“The new space will offer students and teachers greater comfort and is part of the master plan that’s being prepared by architect, Alfredo Barbosa Jr., for the appropriate occupation of the areas in APAE‘s headquarters until 2025”, emphasizes Carlos Antônio Bonazzi Jr., president of the institution.

This is the ninth APAE project in which Alcoa has been a partner; the first was in 1983, when an echocardiograph was acquired. In these 20 years the institution has already benefited from the planting of a kitchen garden, flower garden and fruit trees; the adaptation of access to the premises; the acquisition of a specially-adapted vehicle for transporting students; the setting up of the handicrafts workshop; adaptation of the covered sports’ court in Unit II; the construction of a new area for students and expansion of the canteen. It has also benefited from a community action and the work of various employees from the company, who act as volunteers in the institution.

The inauguration was attended by directors, parents and students from APAE; representatives from project partners, and local mayor, Eloísio do Carmo Lourenço and deputy mayor, Nizar El-khatib. The event forms part of Worldwide Month of Service and the 125-year anniversary of Alcoa, which was on October 11 and that will be celebrated during the whole month.

About Alcoa


Alcoa Alumínio S.A. is a subsidiary of Alcoa Inc. which is the world’s leading producer of primary aluminum and fabricated aluminum, as well as the world’s largest miner of bauxite and refiner of alumina. The company employs approximately 61,000 people in 31 countries and for the twelfth consecutive year the company is a member of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. Alcoa is present in Latin America and the Caribbean where it has operations in Brazil, Jamaica and Suriname and about 7,000 employees.  This year, the company completes 125 years of operations in the world.


In Brazil the company operates in the whole of the aluminum production chain, from bauxite mining to the production of transformed products. Alcoa has six production units and three offices in the states of Maranhão, Minas Gerais, Pará, Pernambuco, Santa Catarina, São Paulo and the Federal District. The company also has shareholdings in four hydroelectric power stations: Machadinho and Barra Grande on the border of the states of Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul; Serra do Facão in Goiás; and Estreito, between Maranhão and Tocantins. In 2012, Alcoa recorded revenues of R$ 2,6 billion in Brazil. In the same year it was considered a benchmark in sustainability, being one of the year’s 21 model companies in the Guia EXAME de Sustentabilidade [EXAME Magazine’s Sustainability Guide]. In 2013, it was recognized for the twelfth time as one of the Best Companies to Work and for the second consecutive year the Best Company for Women to Work in Brazil, by the Great Place to Work Institute. Further information can be found at and follow @Alcoa on Twitter at and follow Alcoa on Facebook at