The Brazilian Institute of Innovations in Social Health - IBISS is a non-profit charitable institution, recognized as a philanthropic entity, holder of the Municipal, State and Federal Public Utility titles, and certified by the National Councils of Social Assistance and, also, State and Municipal , which began its activities in 1990, assuming a fundamental role in the fight for the rights of excluded citizens. The visionary founder of the IBISS-Rio, Nanko Geerdines Van Buuren sought in Ibis symbology inspiration to transform the social reality of those who needed to learn to fly. In this way, IBISS-Rio, throughout its history, has contributed to the paradigm changes of the people served by the actions developed, so that through the exercise of citizenship, they can access their rights and be agents of change in their social reality. Our memorable and late President Nanko Geerdines Van Buuren was at the forefront of the denunciations, together with national and international human rights organizations, to make public two historical events that marked the social movements of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Chacina da Candelária, when at dawn on July 23, 1993, near the premises of the Candelária Church, six minors and two adults died and several children and adolescents were injured. Another fact to be highlighted is the Vicar General's Shrine occurred on August 29, 1993, where twenty-one residents of the favela of Vigário Geral were located in the North Zone. These facts remind us of the inheritances of the dictatorship, which still persist in the imaginary and practice of a large part of the population up to the present day, and increase the role of organizations of social representation, in the struggle for the intransigent defense of human rights, in resistance to pressures midiatists of some reactionary groups, who fight for the greater penal age, for the death penalty, for the extermination of marginalized groups, among others. The ethical and social principles, focused on the defense of human rights and the organizational guidelines established by IBISS-Rio since its foundation, are non-negotiable foundations of the current direction presided over by Director Sebastião Santos.


The projects developed by IBISS-Rio aim to reach segments of the population that are excluded from their rights, without access to health, education, employment or housing, and who live at the same time subject to police violence and terror imposed by drug trafficking and groups linked to the so-called militias. It also collaborates in the political formation of the local leaders, so that the communities gain more autonomy in the defense of their rights.


Tião Santos was chosen to take over the presidency of IBISS-Rio in 2015 after the sad loss of President Nanko. Tião Santos, 35, spent his childhood playing in the Jardim Gramacho dump, located in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro. He transformed what he found in the trash into food and fun. Until what was trash transformed his life. At age 15, Nanko took him to take a Young Leadership course at IBISS, realizing that there was leadership in him. Tião went on to work at the local cooperative, considered the largest landfill in Latin America until being closed in 2012. And that's how he became president of the Jardim Gramacho Metropolitan Landfill Collectors Association.


IBISS's mission is to invest in building bridges between excluded populations and public services, establishing alliances, with a democratic and participative character, of technical and operational cooperation to support governmental actions in the struggle to implement new paradigms of service to users of social policies and thus contribute to the reduction of situations of precariousness and social risks.


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