Vila Nova Canaã (Maranhão)
In 2008, ENEVA initiated a resettlement program coupled with the installation of Itaqui thermoelectric plant in the industrial district of São Luís (MA). The program won
the Eco Award in the category New Business Sustainability; one of the most relevant awards in Brazil, in recognition of companies commitment to corporate citizenship and sustainable development principles and practices.
All 36 families living in the area assigned to the plant plus 59 other families living in the vicinity of the future plant were covered under the program. Preserving cultural and family ties in this community, namely Vila Madureira, and improving the infrastructure of their houses were ENEVA commitments in this enterprise.
Psychologists, social workers, agricultural technicians, and other professionals assisted the relocation of those residents to a previously selected area in the county of Paço do Lumiar (MA), 17 kilometers away from the site.
Vila Residencial Nova Canaã was built in this new 25,000 m2 land. Families were granted the deed of property. The houses were provided with household appliances - such as computer, refrigerator, and television - and relied on water supply and sewage networks. In addition, the new Village gained churches, soccer field, playground, school, a building to lodge the neighborhood association, public square, and a market place.
ENEVA earmarked a fertile 60 hectare area for the families, where an Agricultural Development Project - the Agricultural Hub - was implemented. This project will enable technical assistance over a three-year period, covering soil preparation, supply of agricultural inputs, and training of production manpower. Families not linked to any agricultural development were allocated in a six hectare area to crop community kitchen garden.
Nova Demanda (Maranhão)
The project included the realocation of 64 families from
the Demanda community located in the
surroundings of the Parnaíba Complex, to a new area with school, health center, two chrurches, living space with soccer field, square and community center.
Each family received a land with, at least, 3 hectares of area with furnished house, basic sanitation
and eletric power. The resettlement program was proposed to the community in order to allow the maintenace of their traditional way of life and to offer better housing conditions also contributing to the improvement of the residents life's quality. The houses were delivered to the families on February 2016.
The residents also participated in training courses promoted by the National Service of Rural Learning (SENAR/MA). The courses seeks to improve and enhance the agricutural activities and socioeconomic development of the community.