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Hydro supports UFPA in remote education program during pandemic

The company is donating 890 tablets to support remote education, necessary during the Covid-19 pandemic. Action is part of the digital inclusion project created by the University.

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This Thursday, March 25, Hydro delivered 890 new tablets to the Federal University of Pará (UFPA). It is yet another partnership action with the institution in favor of education in the state of Pará, where most of the company's operations in Brazil are concentrated. The donation of new equipment supports the digital inclusion project, created by the educational institution, aimed at low-income students, who are in social isolation and do not have the resources to invest in equipment that allows the continuity of remote study in University.

“Due to the pandemic, remote education has become a reality and some students, who cannot acquire these materials, will now be able to study with adequate and quality equipment, thanks to this initiative. As good partners, we are dedicated to collaborating with the communities neighboring our operations and with the State of Pará. Care and Collaboration are Hydro's values, and in this context, the company makes a point of putting these values into practice, investing in this partnership more. with the largest educational institution in Pará, ”says Domingos Campos, Sustainability director at Hydro. It is part of the company’s mission to act in a relevant way to build a more viable society, having the commitment to invest in initiatives that promote quality education, and the donation will contribute so that students have access and permanence to education. education and quality higher education, free of charge, during the pandemic.

In the future, in a second stage of the project, notebooks recovered by the company will also be donated. The tablets were acquired through a fund created by Hydro for actions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic. The distribution of equipment and the choice of students will be carried out by UFPA. The institution promoted a selection process to select students who fit the criteria established to receive the benefit. The digital inclusion project will have an investment of approximately BRL 1 million by Hydro.

“Our Digital Inclusion Program is a fundamental initiative to enable students in socioeconomic vulnerability to continue their schooling trajectory in the current pandemic situation. UFPA is very grateful to Hydro for being a partner in this initiative. Hydro has collaborated with UFPA in several actions and with this support for the Digital Inclusion Program it demonstrates sensitivity and commitment to the social development of Pará. More students will now be able to continue with their studies and this makes us very happy ”, said Emmanuel Zagury Tourinho, dean of UFPA.

Research Hydro recently partnered with UFPA to support three researches to help combat the Covid-19 pandemic. Altogether, Hydro will invest more than BRL 880,000 in the projects: studies of the psychological effects of social isolation to create programs that help promote people's well-being during and after the pandemic; use of data science for the elaboration of epidemiological models adhering to the reality of the municipalities of Barcarena and Paragominas, in Pará; and the development of low-cost respirators as emergency auxiliary equipment in intensive care centers.

Efforts during the pandemic – In addition, in support of efforts to prevent and combat Covid-19, Hydro made several donations, in 2020, to support the actions of the state government and in the municipalities where it operates in Pará, totaling BRL 20 million.

For the municipalities where the company is present - Paragominas, Ipixuna do Pará, Tomé-Açu, Moju, Acará, Abaetetuba and Barcarena - the company donated 36,000 basic baskets and hygiene items, purchased from local suppliers to help the economy, in addition to 10,000 kits for rapid coronavirus detection tests.

Hydro also delivered equipment and materials for health care in Barcarena and Paragominas, where its largest operations in Brazil are located. These donations went to city hospitals, health units and field hospitals in both cities, totaling more than 100,000 items, such as hospital beds, pulse oximeters, infrared digital thermometers, gloves, masks, disposable caps, goggles, aprons, lab coats and overalls for biological protection.

For Barcarena City Hall, Albras, a company that belongs to Hydro and NAAC, Nippon Amazon Aluminum Co., also donated the building where one of the old employees' quarters functioned, with 36 apartments with individual bathrooms, as well as a laundry and cafeteria, where a field hospital was installed. And in 30 communities in Barcarena, since April 1st of 2020, Hydro's Community Environmental Emergency Brigade has been doing an important job of orienting actions to prevent and combat Covid-19 in sound car.

The company also made donations to the cities of Itu and Utinga, in São Paulo, and Tubarão, in Santa Catarina, where Hydro Extrusion is located, responsible for the manufacture of aluminum products for use in civil construction and in the automotive and industrial sectors. More than 500 basic food baskets, 4,600 hygiene kits and medical equipment were donated.

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Elena Brito Pantoja

Elena Brito Pantoja

Communication and Public Affairs, Hydro Bauxite & Alumina

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