The state of Mato Grosso do Sul is a geographically isolated region of Brazil which suffers seasonal floods and where a community lives without access to basic public services such as education or health. Acaia Pantanal has started, with the collaboration of Fundación MAPFRE, the Jatobazinho School in the city of Corumbá.
In addition to receiving a formal education and practicing other socio-educational activities, the 60 students receive social and health care support from Monday to Saturday.
In this comprehensive program, a group of specialists works with the children to improve their nutrition, and medical and dental checkups are carried out. As part of the socio-educational activities, the school offers music, painting, theatre and dance workshops stimulating appreciation for local art as well as that of other cultures.
Acaia Pantanal started as a subsidiary of the Acaia Institute in 2006, with the idea of creating an environmental conservation area around the Baía Vermelha lake in Corumbá. The Jatobazinho School began its activities in 2009 with 39 children and adolescents from the riverside communities, all experiencing learning difficulties.