When the school year starts in 2014, students will find new dining facilities at the Centro Educacional Santo Antônio (CESA), in the municipality of Simões Filho (Bahia). The new kitchen and dining hall were inaugurated yesterday morning (21st) during a ceremony that was held at the educational unit and which brought together employees, managers, religious leaders, students and partners of the Obras Sociais Irmã Dulce (Charitable Works Foundation of Sister Dulce).
On this festive day, students of the Art Education workshops performed Lágrimas do Sertão. Through music, theater and dance, this show discusses an important issue addressed throughout the 2013 activities: water.
After the show, the group paid tribute to the representative of Braskem, Emanoel Lacerda, for his promotion of art; to the secretary of the Public Order of Salvador, Rosemma Maluf, who arranged partnerships to assist in the renovation of the facilities; to the director of the Andrade Mendonça construction company, Antônio Andrade, and to his mother, Maria José Andrade, for renovating the facilities; to the director of the Lemos Passos company, Ademar Lemos, who complemented the civil engineering work and furnished the kitchen with industrial equipment; and to the representative of the Fundação Jesus Maria José, José Carvalho, for the donation of utensils.
Everyone then checked out the new facilities, named after Maria José Andrade, spouse of Andrade Mendonça, the construction company’s founder. “We are very happy to be able to contribute to CESA’s work. I thank God and Sister Dulce for allowing us to make this dream come true,” said Antônio Andrade Júnior, director of Andrade Mendonça.
According to Luís Carlos da Silva, who has run the kitchen for 18 years, the renovation was a truly valuable gift. “It (CESA) has grown a lot, and the kitchen needed to keep up with this growth. With the renovation, we now have more room for prepping food. We have special rooms for pasta and produce, not to mention the extra space for storing products,” said Luís, who then added, “We provide 1,800 meals every day, from breakfast to lunch and snacks.“
The overjoyed leader of the unit, Flávia Rosemberg, highlighted the importance of their partners’ support for CESA to ensure quality care for Simões Filho low-income families. “This renovation was an old dream of ours. CESA would not have become what it is today without our partners, who believe in our work,” she stated.