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Sao Paulo Employees Adopt Poor Community

United States – October 23, 2015, 10:00 AM

When four employees in the Sao Paulo office realized a local community lacked the basic essentials to live day to day, they called on their coworkers to team up and lend a hand.

Parelheiros, a district of Sao Paulo, is one of the largest and most rural sections in Brazil's largest city. Many in this district are unable to clothe or feed themselves and their children, and most do not receive government assistance.

After learning of these dire circumstances, Sergio Siqueira, Rosana Mendes, Marcia Magalhaes, and Evelyn Santana presented the need to their coworkers, and Infor Sao Paulo employees resolved to make an impact. They started "Trabalho de Formiguinha" (an expression that means working like antsgreat effort done little by little to get good results), supplying Parelheiros families with monthly basic necessities, such as food, clothes, gasoline for cooking, medicine, and personal hygiene products.

"What affected us most was seeing the many families who are unable to live in dignity," said Siqueira, an Infor Consulting Services consultant. "I now understand how privileged I am to have a roof over my head, food to feed my family, and a good job."

To date, the Infor Sao Paulo office has helped 70 families put food on the table. They've also donated construction materials, so the Parelheiros community can build a bath for a paraplegic person living in a cellar with no bathroom.

"Even though we aren't providing a large amount to these families, it really means so much to them," Santana noted.

For Mendes, a senior technical support analyst: "This project fulfilled a personal dream. One of my goals in life has been to help those who are less fortunate, so I was excited to take part."

"I look at my life in a totally different way now," said Magalhaes, a senior product support analyst. "It is a different reality to see people who do not have housing or food. Life really is meaningless if we don't help others."

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