The Pan American Development Foundation (PADF) has been serving the most vulnerable communities in Latin America and the Caribbean for 60 years. Last Thursday, September 22, PADF celebrated its 60th anniversary with a reception in the restaurant Carpe Diem, in the Cultural Center Bank of Brazil, in Brasilia, Brazil.
In her opening remarks, PADF Regional Project Director Soraya Pessino, responsible for the “Integrando Horizontes” program, highlighted the importance of the organization’s work with partners:
Among the guests were Deputy Public Defender Fabrício Rodrigues, Social Responsibility Minister Ronaldo Vieira Bento, representatives of the Labor Ministry and the Presidency, Executive Director of the Bank of Brazil Foundation Rogério Bressan Biruel, representatives of embassies, and guests of honor.
“On behalf of the executive team, I thank you for your support and partnership and invite you to work with us over the next 60 years to achieve sustainable development in the Americas,” said PADF CIO Guillermo Florez.
PADF values its partnerships with other organizations and understands how important they are for the development of the region. Túlio Conde, founder and president of the organization Hermanitos, was in attendance and shared a few words. “We have partnered with PADF since the inception of the project and are grateful for learning and applying methodologies through this partnership, and, of course, for impacting many people. We have already reached 20,000 refugees and migrants, thanks to this partnership with PADF,” he said.
Father Agnaldo Junior of the Jesuit Refugee Service also shared a few words. “I fully believe in teamwork, and in these two years we have been implementing the ‘Integrando Horizontes’ program in Porto Alegre, Manaus, and Boa Vista. I congratulate the entire operation for this collaborative work and the humanitarian assistance here in Brazil. Together, we are stronger,” he said.
“These are 60 years of work from PADF across the hemisphere,” mentioned Technical Director Irina Bacci as she presented PADF’s trajectory in Brazil.
Published on October 3, 2022.
Technical Director – Brazil
Regional Project Director – Brazil