On September 5 and 6, the Odebrecht Foundation received a visit from the winners of the Odebrecht Award for Sustainable Development in Mexico. Karla Sánches, Marcos Martinez and Emmanuel de la Cruz, from the Cintalapa Higher Education Technological Institute, visited the institutions that are part of the foundation’s PDCIS Program in the Bahia Southern Lowlands.
The meeting was part of the award, which was earned thanks to a project focused on the reforestation and sale of endemic plants threatened with extinction. The first stop was the Odebrecht Salvador Office, with a presentation about the foundation and visit to the Odebrecht Cultural Center. Afterward, those in attendance traveled to the Southern Lowlands and learned about the actions focused on education and the environment.
“We feel like we are at home,” said Sánches to the youth at the Igrapiúna Rural Family Home. “The climate and biodiversity here are very similar to those of our region,” she said. The winners also learned about the Agroforest Family Home and the work to train the rural entrepreneurs under the Trade-Off Teaching model. “It’s good to see other youth from such faraway countries showing a concern with sustainable development, a topic we discussed at length during this training,” emphasized Lucas Santos, age 15.