Actions had the participation of the community
Actions to combat the Covid-19 pandemic have been carried out by all IFSP campuses. A common characteristic in these actions is the creation of a solidarity network, where the units of the Federal Institute of São Paulo count on the workforce of civil servants, students and the local community, for the production of personal protective equipment for health professionals. and donations for the most vulnerable people. So it has been at the Catanduva, Itaquaquecetuba and Registro campus.
The Itaquaquecetuba Campus held a joint effort to carry out the cleaning, assembly and packaging of 300 faceshields, which were delivered to Hospital Santa Marcelina, and to the municipality's health department. In addition to the employees who participated in the task force, the company also took part in the action Embroidered Conviction, which cut the PVC sheets purchased by the IFSP rectory; the pro-Itaquá Business Front (FEMPI) which collected, from its members, the allowance for the service of Convicção Bordados; and the Tooling Association, which donated the supports by plastic injection, through the Campus Bragança Paulista.
The Campus Catanduva, in partnership with the Rotary Club of the city, distributed facial protectors to professionals who are on the front line of fighting Covid-19 at the Emergency Care Unit (UPA) of the municipality. Another solidarity action came from Diogo Garcia Cunha, a graduate student from the campus and owner of the company Digo Maker, who donated PLA filaments to a 3D printer and acetate sheets to enable the making of more Shields faces, which will soon be distributed. Diogo said that, in addition to donations, he is looking for ways to help IF students have access to technology content through his company.
Still in Catanduva, thanks to a voluntary action involving civil servants, students and the external community, more than 1800 fabric masks have already been produced and donated to institutions in the region, such as Social Assistance Reference Centers (Cras), charitable associations, nursing homes, health clinics, recyclable garbage workers' cooperatives and outsourced campus employees.
According to Rafaela Franzini, administrator of the Campus and one of those responsible for the action, the making and donation of the masks was only possible thanks to a solidary network that involved everything from researching the price and quantity of materials needed, to the survey of suppliers and seamstresses. "Next, we launched the campaign through social networks to collect fabrics, rubber bands, volunteer work, cash donation, stipulating to reach the initial goal of 1.000 masks", he said. According to her, the campaign exceeded the expected collection and also generated income for two seamstresses who were out of work.
In Registro, a thousand units of facial protectors were destined to the prefectures of Vale do Ribeira. They will be delivered to the Emergency Care Units (UPAs), Emergency Room, Hospital São João and Regional Hospital, both in Registro. The solidarity network was fundamental for carrying out this action, which started with the inputs provided by the IFSP Innovation Agency (Inova), the donation of rubber bands, by servers, and the work of teachers who met to assemble and sanitize the equipment. that have been donated.