On October 30th, Ambassador Hélio Vitor Ramos Filho, the Consul General of Brazil in Miami, hosted a lunch at Shutts & Bowen law firm for the Foundation’s community of supporters in Miami. Over lunch, guests learned about the philanthropic activities of the Foundation through a talk given by Guilherme Franco, founder of the Plan B Institute, an organization which is receiving funding and technical support from the Foundation this year.
With a grant from the Foundation, Plan B Institute is providing professional and technical training to 90 adolescents between the ages of 15 and 24, while also including monitoring and healthcare coverage for all family members of the adolescent beneficiaries. Guilherme spoke about the important role the Foundation has played in the development of the Plan B Institute: “The approval of our project by BrazilFoundation was a milestone that filled us with joy and hope. Besides the financial aid, we also received an excellent week-long training, where several areas for improvement in our institution were identified.” As a result of these improvements, the Institute recently was approved to receive funding from Petrobras.
For years, BrazilFoundation has held a talk series with leaders from the nonprofit sector. Last Friday night, David Hertz spoke about the organization he founded, Gastromotiva, which uses gastronomy as a tool for social inclusion. The organization offers culinary training for young adults living in low-income communities; 93% of Gastromotiva graduates have found employment upon course completion. Gastromotiva was a BrazilFoundation grantee last year.
To illustrate a number ofthe concepts that his culinary project promotes, David – with friend and chef Alex Atala of D.O.M. restaurant – prepared “xinxin de galinha”. Alex himself is in New York for the launch of his book “D.O.M.: Rediscovering Brazilian Ingredients”, published by Phaidon, which has a preface by chef Alain Ducasse. During the talk, Alex spoke about his book and his experience in the Amazon, and the importance of selecting the appropriate ingredients. “I believe that cooking is the most important link between culture and nature”, said Alex.
David Hertz is also preparing for the first Gastromotiva benefit dinner in New York, which will take place at the 11 Madison Park restaurant on February 10th. The dinner will be hosted by another celebrity from the culinary world – chef Daniel Humm.
New York, January 15, 2013, Consulate General of Brazil in New York
BrazilFoundation has been invited to participate in a conference that addresses the issue of domestic violence against women. Patricia Lobaccaro, CEO of BrazilFoundation, will give a presentation on the projects funded by the Foundation that fight against domestic violence.