Sementinha Project (Little Seed) – Year 4


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CPCD is a non-governmental organization (NGO) founded in the year of 1984, in the city of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, by Tião Rocha, an educator and anthropologist. CPDC was created to act in Popular Quality Education and Sustainable Community Development, using Culture as a raw material and as a pedagogical and institutional working tool.

Its mission is to be a permanent learning institution in the fields of Education and Development, using Culture as raw material and as an action tool.

Since 1984, CPCD strives to implement and accomplish innovative projects, integrated programs and Social Transformation and Sustainable Development platforms, which are intended for communities and cities with less than 50.000 residents where 90% of the Brazilian population lives.

CPCD and Fundação ABH partnered up to initiate the Projeto Sementinha in Chácara Santo Amaro (Grajaú district) in the city of São Paulo, São Paulo State.

Healthy Community Project

With the focus of the ABH Foundation being on community development and due to the moving to two new locations within the territory, we saw the opportunity to improve the project objectives. Thus, Project Sementinha is now referred to as Healthy Community!

Project Objectives

To contribute to the transformation of São Nicolau and Novo São Norberto communities into healthy communities, applying the 16 principles of the “Carta Terra”, as the guiding points of all actions.

The specific objectives are as follows:

  • Achieve the community’s HDDH (human development potential index): reading the community’s knowledge, doings and wants;
  • Identify and map the community’s “bright spots” (human, social and cultural) throughout the project;
  • Technically and ethically prepare a team of Healthy Community Development Agents / ADCS;
  • Build along a PTA (Work Plan and Evaluation) with this team;
  • Implement the actions provided for in the PTA and promote the necessary updates throughout the project;
  • Build the MDIs (Different and Innovative Ways) along with the ADCS and the Community throughout the project;
  • Implement the monitoring system (MPRA) of learning processes, impacts, outputs and outcomes, and actions taken quarterly throughout the project;
  • Measure social project quality indicators (IQPS) at the end of each year.


Since the beginning of the activities in the territories, we sought to identify, map and learn the IPDHs – “Indicators of Human Development Potential” – existing in São Nicolau and Novo São Norberto communities.

For this purpose we have gathered in each territory / community, in an articulated, integrated and solidary way the following trinomial:

  1. Local Human Resources and potential – the full side of the cup, capable of producing ACTION: Welcoming, Living, Learning and Opportunity. Looking at the community not for its needs, but for its potential is to build a new paradigm, a new way of looking, thinking and acting. Learning the “bright spots” and turning them into “beams of light and heat” is the professional commitment of ADCS (Healthy Community Development Agents), along with the leaders and partners that have been integrating the platform.
  2. Participation and commitment of the team and the communities involved in all stages – apprehension, consolidation and return of processes, impacts, products and results of various activities, generating community empowerment, the foundation of all programmatic actions and the construction of autonomy. For this, the permanent investment of energy and resources in the formation of the team and partner institutions is important, ensuring permanent learners, change makers, opportunity makers, generosity and citizenship promoters, builders of healthy people and communities.
  3. Educational Pedagogies – (Wheel, Toy, Hug, Soap and Full Cup), Social Technologies (Work Plan and Assessment / PTA, Monitoring Processes and Learning Outcomes / MPRA, Social Project Quality Indicators / IQPs and Innovative and Different Ways (MDIs), as well as recognized educational products (Reading Pockets, Pedagogical Games Terminals).

Initiative Evolution:

In 2018 the initiative extended to the region known as Novo São Norberto, which led the team to know the territory and its residents, to involve them in the activities. So, it was confirmed the information from residents of the local Association and Community Health Agents of Ubs Chácara Santo Amaro, that many children live there.

The first residents contacted became interested in the project and in May 2018 began the activities with earth paint, which is always a good call to the community. In June work began with children following the Sementinha methodology, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays in the morning, at the local Association headquarters, leaving Tuesdays and Thursdays for activities aimed at the general community, also during morning.

Simultaneously in Jardim São Nicolau the community workshops are concentrated in the morning and in the afternoon the activities are directed to the group of children.

In 2018 the home visiting strategy strengthened the ties between the initiative and local residents, leading to the transition to a new form of action in the region.

The Healthy Community is gaining more and more space within the Jardim São Nicolau and Novo São Norberto communities and more recently in São Norberto with the strengthening of the partnership with the São Norberto Early Childhood Education Center, with new interaction proposals and joint activities with the children, parents and educators.

The groups of children are enjoying moments of new air and new learning. Meanwhile, adult residents appropriated the movement, participating in the community workshops, some of which are available to be with the children performing cuisine, cultural and play activities.

Even those who live in other regions are interested and value the Healthy Community, knowing the paintings of earth paint and the photos of the work published in the networks.

Partnership with the UBS (Basic Health Unit) of Chácara Santo Amaro, a partner from the outset, is further strengthened by the direct involvement of Community Health Agents in day-to-day activities and the design of some joint strategies.

The expansion of partnerships also happens and is expanded in network meetings, which seeks to favor the Chacara Santo Amaro community as a whole.

With the team of educators, moments of reflection, formation and self-care reinforce the energy, involvement and appropriation of our cause, enhancing the work of each and the collective in the communities where they work.


Qualitative Indicators:

  • Educators committed to the cause;
  • Team integrated in harmony;
  • Children improving in cohabitation relationships;
  • Affection and respect of children by educators;
  • Inclusion of fruits in the children’s snack;
  • Donation of fruits by the community for the children’s snack;
  • Parents satisfied with what the initiative has provided for children;
  • Adherence to permaculture practices and workshops in Jardim São Nicolau;
  • Demand for community workshops;
  • Partnership and joint actions with UBS Chácara Sto. Amaro;
  • Partnership with the São Norberto Early Childhood Education Center (CEI)
  • Reduction of garbage in the headquarters street;
  • Upgrade on houses facades;
  • New activity proposals made by residents.

Quantitative Indicators:

  • 517 activities;
  • 305 workshops with children;
  • 45 children assisted;
    • 22 participants – 35 registered children – Novo São Norberto
    • 23 participants – 40 registered children – Jardim São Nicolau
  • 15 monthly home visits for community mobilization;
  • 132 workshops with residents of both communities;
  • 82 residents of Jardim São Nicolau and Novo São Norberto communities involved in community activities;
  • 3 meetings with the community of Novo São Norberto;
  • 300 book loans;
  • 103 activities with earth paint;
  • 21 planning wheels;
  • 9 trainings with the team;
  • 4 UBS assistances in Healthy Community;
  • 5 network meetings;
  • 100 participants in the earth paint workshop at the Cultural Fair;
  • 4 films screened and discussed in 6 sessions;
  • 80 hours of training.


“In the Match the Hearts game, I put the word dad in fear, because he always threatens to hit me, especially when he’s drunk.” Tainá de Souza – 13 years old


“Williana has learned a lot from the Quickie game. She often denied playing because she didn’t know much. This month, besides playing, she started to know the numbers and to be agile in the game.” Amanda – Educator


“We played tic-tac-toe and checkers. With recycled material! I never did recycling. I like it!” Gabriel Silva – 10 years old


“I’ve read many books from the library and I was a reader of October, I read 33 books and comics. I told everyone at home. Sometimes I stutter, but I’m better. I like to tell the stories during mediation and I love the book “Why we should take care of nature”, I have read this book several times. Next year I want to read several books, a thousand is fine.” Ana Beatriz Braga Rodrigues – 09 years old