Duratex promotes carpentry courses for the homeless
The company entered a partnership with Instituto Leo Madeiras and social mobility initiative Entrega por SP to offer free carpentry courses for 45 homeless individuals who live close to its corporate headquarters in São Paulo
Duratex is committed to contributing with the development of the communities where it is present and recently signed a partnership agreement with Instituto Leo Madeiras to offer free carpentry courses for homeless individuals in the city of São Paulo, through the Leo Educa program.
Duratex did a donation of 500 MDF sheets for the initiative, which will be used during the course's practical classes.
"During our actions with the homeless through the D+ Valor volunteer program, we realized that many of these individuals had numerous manual abilities. This led to the idea of partnering with Instituto Leo Madeiras to offer these homeless individuals free carpentry courses that would consequently provide them with an opportunity to leave the streets by means of their work", explains Débora Spitzcovsky, from Duratex’s Sustainability division, which is responsible for the initiative at the company.
In addition to the donation of the MDF plates for the course, Duratex will select 45 homeless individuals of its surrounding community to take the course. The selection is being made with the help of social mobilization initiative Entrega por SP, which has been working with the homeless in the city of São Paulo for five years and is coordinating a crowd funding to raise the amount needed for the transportation vouchers for the selected participants to attend the course.
Classes for the first training group, which lasts 55 days, began in September and has approximately 10 homeless individuals selected by Duratex. According to Instituto Leo Madeiras, about 75% of the students who complete the course can work in the carpentry business. Of these students, 70% become entrepreneurs after graduation.
Duratex has been providing opportunities for homeless individuals in the city of São Paulo since 2017.