AIEP supports programs in Brazil and internationally that focus on the conservation of forests and rivers, conservation of oceans and coastlines, education, healthcare, human rights and youth sports.
Coral Reef Rescue Initiative – The world's coral reefs are gravely threatened by changing conditions of the oceans. Many factors contribute to this threat, with climate change being the most egregious. Climate change is a complex, rapidly-evolving issue that requires the immediate development of a plan to conserve what is left of our coral reefs.
The Coral Reef Rescue Initiative is a global initiative that focuses on local impact.
WWF International - in partnership with experts, NGOs, donors, and local governments - seeks to promote immediate conservation of coral reefs while encouraging coastal communities to adopt more sustainable practices in areas like commercial fishing, waste management, and tourism. In an effort to maximize impact, the initiative collaborated with researchers and experts at the University of Queensland and Underwater Earth to select seven strategic locations in which to focus their work - Indonesia, the Philippines, the Solomon Islands, Cuba, East Africa, Madagascar and Fiji.
These seven locations have been identified as having coral reefs that are less vulnerable to climate change. They are also better connected to other coral reef systems. The hope is that by protecting these reefs and helping them recover from future damage and disturbance, they can help neighboring reefs recover once conditions have stabilized.
Deep Sea Mining – aims to secure a moratorium on deep-sea mining activities globally until there has been a thorough analysis of its potential risks, with the goal of preventing irreversible damage to the deep seabeds of the ocean.
River Dolphins – the health of river dolphins and the rivers they inhabit is fundamental to the survival of the ecosystems they are a part of. WWF aims to end the decline in river dolphin populations in Asia and South America, with the goal of restoring and even doubling some populations by 2030.
Marine Program – a project focusing on the conservation of the Brazilian coastline through:
1 - The promotion of sustainable fishing and business practices.
2 - Expansion and strengthening of Marine Protected Areas and conserving biodiversity.
3 - Integrated coastal management, promotion of sustainable tourism and efforts to prevent plastic pollution.
WWF Brazil is working together with local government and community leaders in the Amazon region in an effort to research, preserve, and support the protection of local ecosystems.
"Strengthening Marine Conservation" – was a project that funded the use of a boat to protect and monitor Marine Protected Areas off the coast of Indonesia; with an aim of enforcing maritime protections and conservation practices were implemented in the region. This project is no longer active.
Marine Conservation in Patagonia - WWF worked in partnership with local communities in Patagonia to support conservation and scientific research around marine environments. This project is no longer active.
A project that aims to restore and recuperate Australia after the devastating Black Summer bushfires of 2019-2020. This project concluded in 2020.
Projeto Ilhas do Rio/Instituto Mar Adentro (IMA):
Since 2011, Projeto Ilhas do Rio has been working in partnership with ICMBIO at the Cagarras Islands National Monument (MoNa Cagarras) and will soon enter Phase 4 of the project.
The project utilizes three approaches to achieve results: scientific research focusing on the conservation of MoNa Cagarras and its surrounding area, raising public awareness, and environmental education.
In Phase 3, AIEP, in partnership with IMA, utilized theater as a vehicle for environmental education by producing environmentally themed children’s plays in an effort to raise awareness among a new generation of youth in Brazil. This initiative has already reached over 20,000 children and will continue in Phase 4.
In Phase 4, AIEP will work with its partners JGP, WWF, and anonymous donors (via AIEP) to promote, fundraise, and disseminate key information that will raise public awareness about the various ways they can become agents of change in the conservation and protection of MoNa Cagarras.
In 2021, the Cagarras Islands Natural Monument (MoNa Cagarras) was named a Hope Spot by Mission Blue, an organization chaired by renowned oceanographer Silvia Earle. Being named a 'Hope Spot' ensures the recognition of the Cagarras Islands as a critical place in need of preservation in order to promote the health of the oceans.
Hope Spot Press Release: Mission Blue Hope Spot: Ilhas Cagarras
Mission Blue inspires action to explore and protect the ocean. Led by renowned oceanographer Silvia Earle, it aims to protect vital marine areas around the world, by designating them as Hope Spots. Mission Blue raises awareness for Hope Spots through the creation of documentaries, multi-vertical marketing, and social media campaigns that inform and inspire people to take action towards restoring the health of our planet's oceans.
Fundação Estudar (FE) is a non-profit organization that believes Brazil can become a better country if there were more young people who were determined to create an impact.
Fundação Estudar focuses on three program areas:
1) Estudar na Prática – professional development services to help Brazilians integrate in the labor market, provide financial support to strengthen leadership, and free online courses and tips that stimulate better decisions and can leverage careers.
2) Estudar Fora – helps Brazilian students achieve their dream of studying abroad by providing online preparatory resources and in-person coaching to help them both apply for admission to international programs of study as well as prepare them for the challenges of studying abroad.
3) Lideres Estudar – selects high-potential Brazilian students and provides them with full-scholarships to the best universities in the world, along with investment in their personal and professional development so that they may someday transform Brazil through impact in various sectors.
Anspaz w - orks with at-risk children, adolescents, and adults who struggle
with substance abuse and other personal traumas. Anspaz provides education,
spiritual development, and personal and professional development programs aimed
at helping people find new meaning and direction in their lives. Donations are
designated to São Tomas de Aquino School and Pane Nostro Bakery (Itapetininga,SP).
Bolsa OGP – Otto Georges Prufer Scholarship:
The Otto Georges Prufer Scholarship (Bolsa OGP) is a
scholarship designated for a Brazilian student at the Ross School of Business at
the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, MI. The scholarship partially covers 2
years of tuition for the full-time MBA program.
So far, 5 students have been awarded the Bolsa OGP and maintain a close relationship with AIEP.
COVID-19 Relief Efforts
Movimento União Rio/ HUCFF – Crise Covid-19
Purchases respirators, medical supplies, and mobile ICUs for hospitals in Rio de Janeiro.
Comunitas/ HC – Crise Covid-19
Purchases respirators, medical supplies, and mobile ICUs for hospitals in São Paulo.
Fiocruz/Fiotec - Crise Covid-19
Supports research and the National Emergency Fund to combat COVID-19.
Projeto Colabora – Crise Covid-19
Directly allocates resources to residents of poor communities affected by COVID-19.
Campanha SOS Xingu / Associação Yawalapiti Aw apá – Crise Covid-19
An initiative to increase assistance to the indigenous populations of Alto Xingu during COVID-19 crisis.
Projeto Gerando Falcões
Provides food baskets to favelas and suburbs of Rio de Janeiro - the areas hit the hardest during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Provides food baskets to poor communities in the city of São Paulo that are severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Projeto Dá-me de Comer
Provides food baskets to poor communities in the city of Rio de Janeiro that are severely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jornal Joca is the only newspaper in Brazil specifically made for children and youth.
Jornal Joca provides free newspapers to children and youth in disadvantaged communities, working to ensure that all young people in Brazil have access to information about what is happening in their country and in the world.
Amnesty International Brazil:
Amnesty International is a global organization with more than 7 million supporters, which carries out detailed research determined campaigning to help fight human rights abuses worldwide. They are present in more than 150 countries. Every day, someone, somewhere in the world, receives support from Amnesty International.
Wings of Emergency: Wings of Emergency is an initiative
by Greenpeace Brazil created in April 2020, in response
to the arrival and spread of the new coronavirus (Covid-
19) in the Amazon. Through a wide solidarity network, the
project has taken emergency aid to indigenous peoples
living in areas of the Amazon where logistics and primary
health care are precarious. More than 30 tons of
emergency supplies have been distributed, including
soap, hand sanitizer, masks, food, and the equipment
needed for setting up Indigenous Primary Care Units
(UAPIs), which are critically important for treating early-
stage Covid-19 patients. Wings of Emergency has aided
indegenous Amazonian peoples of more than 50 different
ethnicities, reaching regions such as Alto Rio Negro (AM),
Alto Rio Solimões (AM), Tapajós (PA), Médio Purus and
Alto Purus (AM), Raposa Serra do Sol (RR) and
Instituto Pró-Saber is a non-profit organization that serves a variety of disadvantaged communities in Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo.
In Rio de Janeiro, Pró-Saber’s main focus is on training teachers who work in public daycare centers in the city of Rio de Janeiro. Their work benefits, both directly and indirectly, about 4,000 children aged up to 6 years in 133 daycare centers in 67 communities across the city.
In São Paulo, Pró-Saber operates predominantly in the community of Paraisópolis. Its mission is to reduce inequality by guaranteeing the right of every child to learn to read and play, in addition to carrying out campaigns to support basic needs, such as the distribution of food baskets to families affected by COVID-19.
TRIBUS is a social impact project in Rio de Janeiro that brings together young people and children through sports, coordinates the donation of sports equipment, and organizes group excursions along with a variety of social enrichment and fitness-related activities.
AIEP is sponsoring the creation of a book about the history of Heinrich Stupakoff and Johann Kunning.
Both of them were great entrepreneurs and pioneers of the beer industry in Brazil.
The Amazon 4.0 initiative combines new technologies, such as 'the internet of things' and 3D modeling, with the breadth of potential of natural resources in the Amazon to research and recommend socio-ecological systems based on a bioeconomy model that supports sustainable exploration in the region. By using science and technology to sustainably explore Amazonian biodiversity, the Amazon 4.0 initiative aims to empower local communities to improve the value of products produced from natural resources in the Amazon. This initiative is led by Nobel Prize-Winning Earth System scientist from Brazil, Professor Carlos Nobre.
Project Verde Mar
Project Verde Mar promotes environmental conservation in Brazil, with an emphasis on marine and coastal environments, by creating and sharing educational collateral, investing in and sharing pertinent scientific research, and organizing events and advocacy opportunities for people to participate in. They frequently conduct beach and ocean clean-ups, during which volunteer scuba divers collect trash from the seabed. Afterwards, they inspect what they've collected and share their findings to help educate people about the lifecycle of waste and where it often ends up. Their efforts are focused at the local-level, but the work they do addresses issues that impact coastal communities across the globe.
Project Verde Mar hopes that one day, environmental education will be required in every classroom.
Instituto Ayrton Senna (IAS)
IAS believes that education is the key to a better world. Their mission is to develop more complete human beings, preparing them for all aspects of life in the 21st century. They do so by building bridges between educators and innovators in other fields in order to promote the creation of effective, evidence-based educational policies and practices.
IAS works in collaboration with Public Administrators and educators in municipalities across Brazil to identify the main educational challenges faced in public school systems at the Primary and Middle-School levels. They then work closely within their diverse network of experts and educators to develop, systematize, and pilot scalable educational solutions that can address these challenges in every region of the country. IAS utilizes technology to transfer and share knowledge between as many participants as possible.
In order to mobilize various sectors of society interested in their mission, IAS creates diverse engagement opportunities that inspire educators, businesspeople, entrepreneurs, and families, among others, to become involved in their work. By encouraging dialogue and the exchange of ideas around how to improve public education in Brazil, they seek to expand awareness and support of transformative educational policies among Brazilians.