Visit the Hall of the meeting is to see how a social initiative can positively impact a region, drawing inspiration from the lives of the people and promoting a work of art education. Established as a private-law association, non-profit, the space is considered a tourist attraction in the city of Betim-MG, benefiting approximately 1800 low-income people and people with special needs. The proposal of the Association is to insert the whole family of beneficiaries: parents, grandparents and kids, in an environment of cultural promotion and income generation, designed in wooded area and multi-unit structures for children's education and handicraft products.
The workshops, in addition to producing for commercialization, offer free training courses on handicrafts of loom and Chilean Miner, ceramics, cloth doll making, basketry, making flowers and arrangements, upholstery and carpentry. All done by hand, using natural materials, wood with certification and recycling of waste that would otherwise be discarded.
The process of recycling is embedded as the value in the workshops where craftsmen use the leftovers of materials from other activities for the development of new products. This is the case of adornments and rag dolls made with scraps of fabric from the loom; and toys and educational games, mounted with the remains of wooden joinery. There's also basketry, who works with recycled materials, received by donation.
Basketry workshop bags, baskets and bins made from pet plastic tape, in its last stage of recycling. Pet tapes are donated by industry of the region, by not having the possibility of a new recycling. It's called the tailings, which in the hands of the artisans in the Meeting Hall, turn into sturdy, useful and beautiful products. Learn more at www.salaodoencontro.org.br
A history of struggles and achievements In 1970, Prof. Naomi George gave the steps for the realization of a great dream: structuring a social organization for poor people, from the outskirts of Betim-MG, giving them work and vocational training. Confident in the extraordinary potential of the human being, Naomi George always believed that what they lacked was just the opportunity to show their talents and transform reality itself. Thus, then, the Meeting Hall, an association which highlights as a social initiative is able to positively impact a region, with the articulation of sectors of society.