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Sesc's Letter to International Friends

Sesc São Paulo Director Danilo Santos de Miranda shares an update of their activites to manage the COVID-19 pandemic

As Brazil moves into the seventh month of the pandemic, many challenges still lay ahead.

The ban on gatherings and the increase in inequality in certain areas have led SESC to bolster initiatives of a more social nature while its social and cultural centres remained temporarily closed. The SESC Mesa Brasil Program (Brazil Table) has increased food donations and started to distribute personal care and cleaning products through a partnership with donors and social aid institutions. Coops and associations have been hired through Tecido Solidário (Solidary Fabric) to produce face masks, which are then delivered free of cost to hospitals, health departments and institutions. Our online programme features concerts, theatre plays, dance and circus performances, as well as debates, movies, classes and workshops, in addition to many other options.

Partnerships have been established both locally and internationally. Examples of note are the many activities carried out with different communities in cities across the State of São Paulo and the film shows, which rely on the key and invaluable support of international representatives based in Brazil.

Activities are gradually and cautiously resuming at SESC São Paulo venues. Sports, physical activities and dental care were the first to come back, but slots have to be booked and are available to a limited number of people. The next ones to follow were SESC São Paulo restaurants, which also require bookings and are only serving meals including a selection of ready-made options. At this time, we are preparing to reopen art exhibitions.

Consultants in various fields have been supporting SESC in ensuring that safety procedures are in place and the best experience can be delivered to audiences, suppliers, contractors, partners and the thousands of professionals who work for the institution.

We feel sure that collaborations will be even more critical going forward. I hope this message finds you well and that, together, we can continue to pave the way towards a more egalitarian and democratic society.

Warmest regards,

Danilo Santos de Miranda
Diretor Regional do SESC - SP