With no financial support
or major competitive advantage – other than their conviction that
ground services in Brazil lacked in quality, the three managing
partners of GB Internacional had the vision, when starting the company
in 1975, that sustainable success could only be achieved with
personalized services (focus on the client), creativity and constant
pursuit of excellence.
The formula proved to be correct and the pursuit of excellence evolved
to include the improvement of quality of life for all members of the
company’s team, as well as the collective desire to help improve
the quality of life in Rio’s poorer communities.
Since then GB Internacional has been involved in many community
projects, some on its own, some in partnership with clients, all with
great sense of responsibility and pleasure. For many years GB
Internacional has made special donation of toys, clothes, school
materials and/or foods, mainly during Christmas, to selected charities
and organizations which work primarily with poor children and the
elderly. Now we are launching a new program by which we will donate R$
2.00 (aprox. US$ 1.15) per passenger or tourist received by GB
Internacional, on a quarterly basis, in the name of our clients, to a
select group of local NGO’s which offer assistance to the poor
children of Rio de Janeiro and neighboring communities.
We are very excited about this project and would like to invite you and
your clients to join us. Should this be something that you and/or your
clients would like to get involved with, here are some of the main
NGO’s and programs we are supporting:
1. PARA TI AMIZADE E SOLIDARIEDADE (which in Portuguese means
“For You Friendship And Solidarity”), is a civil,
non-profitable organization, with no government support of any kind,
located in the Favela (slum area) of Vila Canoas, in the St. Conrad
district of Rio de Janeiro. It was formed on August 27, 1994, by the
Urani family – whose residence is located adjacent to the Favela
Vila Canoas, with the objective of stimulating progress among needy
communities in general and the Vila Canoas slum area in particular. Its
current activities include:
• School support classes for about 70 children who reside in the
Vila Canoas and Rocinha slum areas – both located in the St.
• College and university scholarships for about 45 young men and
women from these communities.
• Incentive and support to individual and/or
micro-companies’ initiatives, mostly related to popular art and
handcrafts. This includes training, free use of space, financial
contributions for the purchase of materials, and showroom to facilitate
handcraft sales to visitors and tourists.
• Football (soccer) classes on the St. Conrad beach (twice a
week), under the coordination of two professional football coaches who
also live in the Vila Canoas community.
• Recreational activities in the educational game center for
children and teenagers.
• Promoting and acting as intermediary for the collection of
financial support to about 350 children from the Vila Canoas community,
who are sponsored by individual and corporate donors (mostly Brazilians
and Italians), with the objective of keeping these children in school
and helping them improve performance in their studies.
• Computer courses focusing on the use of the Internet and other
basic computer programs.
• Developing the promotion of human, social, cultural and
• Conducting, promoting or sponsoring debates, seminars, courses
and related activities;
• Organizing and maintaining consulting programs and social works
to achieve its objectives;
PARA TI survives solely based on donations made
by individuals, corporations and visiting tourists, thanks to the
incredibly persistent work of the Urani family, both in Brazil and in
Italy, where they created the COMENOI NGO for the sole purpose of
supporting PARA TI’s activities. For more information please
2. The Santa Clara Family We are
a family just like yours, but from a different background. We came from
shelters, from violence and from abandonment, but here we found a home,
a house, education, love and dreams. A family a lot like yours, just a
bit larger. We invite you to get to know our story and the life of the
Santa Clara family – the everlasting dream and a future for all
of us. We are 63 children, taken in by wonderful friends and given
support by the Santa Clara Family, support that our own families
couldn't provide. A project like Santa Clara requires a lot of work and
a constant, daily battle to re-write history and change lives…
For this to happen, we depend on partners, support, and friends…
And that’s where you come in, with your interior strength, your
friendship, and your desire to help.
The Santa Clara Family new house
Be it in whatever form, your help will be very valuable to us and very
welcome. For more information and pictures of the family, please visit
our website at www.familiasantaclara.org.br/ingles/index.asp Get to
3. CDI (Committee for Democracy in Information Technology). CDI is a
non-governmental, non-profit organization with the two fold mission of
promoting the social inclusion of low-income communities, by using
information and communication technologies as tools for building and
exercising citizens’ rights. They work in low-income communities
and with institutions assisting individuals with special needs,
including the physically and mentally disabled, the visually impaired,
homeless children, prisoners, indigenous populations, among others. CDI
has various sites in Rio within many of the local slums and
participation or visitation of projects can by arranged.
Mangueira Project. This project was created in 1987 to attend children
living in the favela known as Mangueira. Mangueira is a slum community
with well organized centers of activities, such as the Sport Center,
the Pixinguinha Cultural Center, the Samba School and the Children
Samba School. The main purpose of the project is to provide sports,
cultural and social activities for the needed, including the following
a. Afro Brazilian Orchestra – Comprised of 100 musicians from 7
to 16 years of age, which receive a scholarship of US$ 50.00 per month.
Developed to preserve the musical tradition of Mangueira and provide
professional training of its participants.
b. Computers – Created for children already in the 6th grade,
teaching: DOS, Windows, Word, Excel and Internet research, with
duration of 5 months.
c. Hygiene Workshops – Created to assist people between the ages
of 14 to 50, by offering various courses in personal hygiene care.
d. Mangueira do Amanhã (Mangueira of Tomorrow) – Is a
Samba School comprised of children and teenagers from 7 to 17 years of
age, with the main purpose to maintain them in contact with their roots
and traditions and to carry on the Mangueira Samba School.
e. Mangueira School Club – Offers students from the public
schools, within or outside the community, 21 free courses administered
by 13 teachers. Created in 1977, the Mangueira School Club benefits
children from the neighboring areas, by maintaining these children
occupied when not in school (and off the streets), while giving them
training for possible future careers.
5. Another simpler option would be to choose a low income community or
slum (favela), in Rio and, together with the community leader, visit
one of its public schools to donate school materials, school uniforms
6. You could also choose a “Day Nursery” in one of the
favelas, to donate milk, diapers, blankets, clothes, etc, for the
There are, of course, many other options available, and we shall be
most happy to do the necessary research in order to find a community
project which may better suit your interests or those of your clients.
Just let us know what you have in mind, and we will be happy to assist
you with the research and contacts.
We are very excited about our Social Responsibility Program and we hope
you can join us!
Roberto A. Dultra