Project Pescar | The Kurumi Association

History:


Project Pescar (“The Fishing Project”) began in 1976, when the entrepreneur Gerard Linck (1927–1998) saw a boy mugging an elderly man. He was shocked to see the agility and vigor of youth contrasted against the fragility of the victim, and decided to do something to change the situation.

Inspired by the proverb "Give a man a fish and feed him for a day; teach him to fish and feed him for a lifetime," Linck opened his company’s doors for 15 young people in vulnerable situations to learn a profession. He set up a classroom and began a course in automotive mechanics for young people selected from the communities surrounding his company, Linck S/A. This was the beginning of the first Project Pescar unit, which at that time was known as the Linck Technical School.

The results achieved by the first classes drew the attention of socially-responsible organizations, and in 1988 Project Pescar was deployed in other companies.

In 1995, the Project Pescar Foundation was established to manage Project Pescar in Brazil through a system of governance which is transparent, collaborative, and focused on social transformation.

Today, Project Pescar has 82 units in Brazil, 22 in Argentina, and one each in Paraguay, Peru, and Angola.


About Project Pescar in Jaguariaíva:


In 2006, Valor Florestal director Edson Antônio Balloni and the director of Braspine Madeiras, Armando Giacomet, joined forces and started the Project Pescar unit in Jaguariaíva as the Kurumi Association, offering an introductory professional course in carpentry to young people from disadvantaged communities in the municipality. The Linea Mobile company also supported the project for two years. It was then joined by Florestal Alvorada, Florestal Gurupi, and Florestal Vale do Corisco.

From 2010 to 2013 it offered an introductory computer course, and since 2013 the Kurumi Association unit of Project Pescar has offered an introductory course in administrative services, which covers most of the demand for all types of sectors in the formal labor market.

Today, the activities at the Kurumi Association unit of Project Pescar are designed not only to promote professional qualification and social interaction, but also to help our young people recover their sense of citizenship and human dignity. Over 12 years, Project Pescar and the Kurumi Association have trained 193 young people, with 70% already placed within the labor market or attending college (or both).

Today, the Kurumi Association unit of Project Pescar is maintained by Braspine, Valor Florestal, Florestal Alvorada, Florestal Gurupi, and Arauco.