The Ramacrisna Institute


Who we are

Ramacrisna Institute is a non-profit social institution, without religious or partisan ties, founded in 1959 by Brazilian accountant and journalist Arlindo Corrêa da Silva, managed by the General Assembly, Board of Directors, Fiscal Council and Executive Board.


For over 60 years, we have been developing projects on the educational, vocational, and cultural fields, while focusing on offering activities related to job and income generation, technology, sports and entertainment, among others, for socially vulnerable communities in 13 cities that belong to the metropolitan area of Belo Horizonte.


The work we develop in our wire mesh factory has become a reference in self-sustainability projects. The profit obtained from the sales is destined to the social sector of Ramacrisna, guaranteeing more autonomy and uniformity in the services offered to the people supported by the projects.

 


History

The journalist Arlindo Corrêa da Silva always dreamt of contributing to society and helping others. Silva came to Minas in the 40’s; in the mid 50’s, he came to the conclusion that education was the best way to prevent social problems and started working with eight children, whom he took from the streets to his own home, in Belo Horizonte.

In 1959, he registered the Social Organization in a notary office, under the name of the Indian philosopher Sri Ramakrishna, an ecumenist who lived during the 19th century and preached social work as a way of transforming human beings.

As the number of children increased, the space became smaller, thus, with the help of friends, he begun to buy some lots in Betim. In 1960, Silva started to build the Institute. In 1963, he inaugurated the first building and, in the following year, the second, which functioned as a boarding school until 1992.
The founder passed away in 1993 but left behind a deliberative council to run Ramacrisna.

Since 1992, the Institute has been developing partnerships with the city halls of Betim, with the aim of enhancing its actions regarding low-cost food, while increasing the level of education, professional training and social assistance.

 

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Arlindo Corrêa da Silva

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Interinstitutional actions

We have become part of several network organizations, councils and forums to strengthen the articulations between companies, public authorities and social organizations, such as:

  • Minas Gerais Federation of Private Law Foundations, Associations and Institute (FUNDAMIG)
  • Minas Gerais Intersectoral Alliance Center (CEMAIS)
  • Brazilian Association of Fundraising (ABCR)
  • Philanthropy Institute / Philanthropy Network
  • Public Ministry of Labor of Minas Gerais
  • Managing Collegiate of Socio-educational Measures in Betim
  • Discover MG Program Steering Committee
  • Capital Interinstitutional Management Committee - Discover
  • MM2032 – Minas Movement 2032 - Executive Committee
  • ODS Strategic NETWORK
  • Betim Department of Education
  • Betim Social Assistance Secretariat
  • Betim Sports Department
  • Betim Department of Culture
  • Food Safety Superintendence
  • Betim Municipal Council of Education
  • Betim and Belo Horizonte Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents
  • Betim and Belo Horizonte Municipal Council for Social Assistance
  • Advisory Council for the Cultural Heritage of Betim
  • Betim Municipal Council of Food
  • Betim Council for the Eradication of Child Labor
  • State Forum for Adolescent Protection and Combat of Child Labor (FECTIPA)
  • Betim Public and Community Library Network
  • Sou de Minas Uai State Community Library Network
  • National Community Library Network

Acknowledgments


Our Partners

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