Recycling Waste Saving Lives





History Logs

Project Description

Region: South America

Country: Brazil

Location: Lençóis Paulista

Total Budget: $38,152

Areas of Focus: Water and sanitation, Economic and community development

We would like to present and summarize our Global Grant Project. It consists of an important humanitarian action to help needy and handicapped people, and to promote better environmental conditions. The focus area is: WATER RESOURCES AND SANITATION, AND ECONOMIC AND COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT.

We have been trying to understand our community needs and concerns, so we have had the chance to visit, observe and feel those needs through ADEFILP (ASSOCIATION OF HANDICAPPED PEOPLE OF LENÇÓIS PAULISTA). It is an inclusive association of people with disabilities using the recycling of solid waste for income. ADEFILP collects recyclable materials and selects them for better prices. It is located in Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo State, Brazil. The Association needs equipments to improve their production and income; to speed up material collection; to promote better working conditions to help more needy people and, most importantly, to ensure financial conditions to support high expenses. The participants, however, are facing difficulties to do their job, and these equipments make the work easier, since many of them cannot work because of physical problems.

ADEFILP is the only Association that cares about poor and disabled people in Lençóis Paulista. The recycling materials market is the way that the ADEFILP has found to pay for expenses and survive helping needy people. This work began in 1997, whose objective is to integrate and include handicapped people in society through income generation, making people feel useful. The first members created the project "Converting waste into social currency". In the year of 2001 it was partnered with Lençóis Paulista City in the "Clean and Solidary City Project", which won the United Nations Organization award in 2006 as one of the ten best practices in local management in Brazil. The Association does an important job using labor of many people that would not be used by any other institution since they have lower productivity.

The association helps disabled people find a place in the job market. Also, ADEFILP perforns a work that is incumbent to the municipality in compliance with the National Policy on Solid Waste, that is the municipalities' obligation to do the recycling, alone or in partnership with other associations. The recycling market activity has allowed the association to be self sufficient. ADEFILP contributes to improve the quality of life in Lençóis Paulista and sustainable development for the correct solid wast destination resulting in better conditions of environmental sanitation. Other advantages achieved by the ADEFILP´s project are: extention of the life cycle of the materials by recycling; preservation of natural resources; support of low-income citizens; extention of the useful life of the landfill; preventing waste from contaminating rivers, and contributing to citizen education.

The equipments intended are:01 vertical press, 01 horizontal press,01 conveyor belt 1, 01 conveyor belt 2 and 02 carts


Primary Host Partner

District: 4310

Rotary Club of: Lençóis Paulista-Cidade do Livro

Primary Contact: Luísa Adélia Brollo Martins

Email: luisa_adelia@uol.com.br

Primary International Partner

District: 3000

Rotary Club of: Karur Angels

Primary Contact: Neelavathi

Email: neelagopal@gmail.com

Project Status

Your project is "Fully Pledged". This means the amount of the pledges is equal to the total budget of the project. Now the project needs to be finalized and go through the approval process with The Rotary Foundation. This process gets started on the administration page.

Project listed for the 2018-19 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Lençóis Paulista-Cidade do Livro (4310)





Maringá-Colombo (4630)





District 3000 DDF





Campo Mourão (4630)





Roma Castelli Romani (2080)





Amount Requested from The Rotary Foundation






Note: as of July 1, 2015 there is a 5% additional support fee for cash contributions. This fee does not appear in the financials above because it does not apply if the funds are sent directly to the project account (without going through TRF, and therefore without Paul Harris credit). Clubs sending their cash contribution to TRF must be aware they will have to send an additional 5%.

Project Supporting Documents

Project Photos

History Log Entries


System Entry

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Jesse T. Campos

System Entry: Pledge of $6,000 DDF by Deepak Gupta of District 3012.


by Mauro Duarte

System Entry: Pledge of $1 by Mauro Duarte of the Rotary Club of Maringá-Colombo, District 4630.


by Mauro Duarte

System Entry: Pledge of $6,000 DDF by Jesse Tanchanco of District 3780.


by Antonio Carlos

System Entry: Pledge of $1 by Antonio Carlos of the Rotary Club of Campo Mourão, District 4630.


System Entry

System Entry: Pledge of $2,100 by Mario Caporale of the Rotary Club of Roma Castelli Romani, District 2080.


System Entry

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".

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