Location Mariana, MG
Grantee 2016
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

Assessoria técnica às famílias atingidas pelo rompimento da barragem em Mariana

Assisting Families Who Lost Their Homes from the Environmental Disaster in Mariana, MG

In November of 2015 two mining dams burst, releasing 40 billion liters of toxic mud along the Gualazo do Norte, Carmo, and Doce rivers, and causing great damage to the people who lived there. The towns of Mariana, Paracatu de Baixo, and Bento Rodrigues suffered the greatest destruction, leaving hundreds of its families homeless.

Since 2003, ASF Brasil has been leading socio-environmental projects that empower people living in inadequate housing to make renovations on their homes. Through this project, ASF Brasil will provide assistance to the residents of Bento Rodrigues and Paracatu de Baixo, ensuring their participation and representation in the reconstruction process of their community.

With Support from BrazilFoundation, ASF – Brasil aims to:

• Increase resident involvement in discussions on home relocations;
• Improve the quality of information produced on the relocation sites;
• Help the residents understand the technical language used during the process;
• Promote an environment where residents have a greater say in the reconstruction decision-making processes, so that the end results reflect their demands.


350 residents reached
Residents having a say in the reconstruction process
Respect for local knowledge

“ Our main objective is to create ways for the residents to effectively participate in the decision-making process.” – Ananda Martins, ASF – Brasil.”

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