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New Headquarters for Youth Education and Sports in partnership with Fiat Brazil
Wednesday, 28 September 2011 00:00

The laying of the first stone for the new headquarters of  Arvore da Vida and Coopearvore on September 6, 2011, was a concrete confirmation of the continued success after 7 years of partnership between AVSI and Fiat in Betim, Belo Horizonte in Brazil.

Both the construction of the new headquarters for Arvore da Vida (“Tree of Life”) and the expansion of the Jardim Teresopoli Community and Athletic Center were celebrated in the event made public to local media and to the 400,000 inhabitants of Betim.

These two new buildings are a sign of the incredible results of the projects begun to improve employment in the low-income area, which Fiat CEO Sergio Marchionne recently “a miracle” in a conversation with AVSI representatives in Italy.

During the ceremony, noted Brazilian architect Gustavo Penna presented the finished blueprints for the projects to Jardim Teresopoli community leader Benè. Penna donated his time and services, and the construction will be financed by Fiat with support from AVSI and CDM.

Later, the leaders of the involved institutions from the public, private and non-profit sectors together unveiled the commemorative plaque as an official beginning of construction. These included Maria do Carmo (Prefect of Betim), Marco Antonio Lage (Director of Fiat Brazil), Gustavo Penna (also architectural planner for the new stadium for the upcoming soccer World Cup in Belo Horizonte), Gianfranco Commodaro (AVSI country representative) and Martionei Gomes (CDM representative).

Following was a reception at the Betim Athletics complex Compexo Ricardo Medioli, where hundreds of athletes and attendees participated in inaugurating a program that will receive $1.4 USD per year (sponsored by Fiat and the City of Betim)to give opportunities for 13,000 young people to learn and excel in various sports. AVSI Foundation, under its work with Arvore da Vida, will provide ongoing training for the 120 coaches involved. Both the Prefect of Betim and the director of Fiat expressed their enthusiasm at being able to directly reach a greater number of youth, admitting that they would not mind if one of these were to win a medal or two in the 2016 Olympics to be held in Rio de Janeiro.


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