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Founded in 1993, ADAI is a national non-profit organization that began its work in the southern region of Brazil, with the mission of representing and guaranteeing the defense of the rights of those affected by dams, through social assistance and the provision of technical assistance and rural extension (ATER) services to its members, who are mostly riverside families or resettled people.

Since its legal establishment, ADAI has established technical cooperation agreements with hydroelectric enterprises (state or private), with the commitment to provide services to the families of the Collective Rural Resettlements (RRC) in the operationalization, planning of activities, monitoring of the construction of individual improvements (of the affected beneficiaries) and collective improvements (school, gymnasium and church in the community areas), administration and management of financial resources and support for families relocated to other communities or who remain in their places of origin, developing agricultural production in a sustainable way on the properties, taking into account, first and foremost, the family’s self-consumption and food security, producing enough diversity, quality and quantity for a good diet and generating income from surplus production.

In recent years, it has developed work related to the Food Acquisition Program (PAA) in the southern region of Brazil and, since then, has made the program a priority in its actions to generate income, sovereignty and food security in some of the regions where it operates.

Currently, ADAI has expanded its work with the implementation of actions in the areas of social technologies mainly in the articulation and implementation of low-cost solar panels for water heating, the construction of cisterns to collect water, and the implementation of Integrated and Sustainable Agroecological Production (ISAP). PARENTS, with with the aim of improving the living conditions of Families affected by dams.

Another important action that ADAI has been carrying out is capacity-building and training programs with the public affected by dams and partners, with the aim of increasingly strengthening the self-organization of the affected populations.

Among the extensive list of activities developed during this 24-year history, the Plan for the Recovery and Economic and Social Development of the Communities Affected by the Itá and Machadinho Dams – PLANDESCA – stands out.º place in the José Bonifácio University Foundation FUJB Prize for University Extension and later this project became a reference within Eletrobrás.  For this diagnostic work and the preparation of Plandesca, ADAI had the support of the research group “Technical and Educational Assistance to Movements Affected by Dams – ATEMAB of the Urban and Regional Planning Institute – IPPUR of the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro – UFRJ”. This experience serves as the basis for ADAI’s debate on the need to create a development program for the affected regions.

The organization has its headquarters in Erechim -RS and offices in various parts of Brazil, with representation in all regions of the country, with the infrastructure – functional, technological and administrative – necessary to better serve those affected in their most diverse demands.

It also has a team of professionals linked to the areas of Agronomy, Pedagogy, Social Work, Communication and Advertising, as well as an administrative team strategically located in various parts of Brazil, always coordinated by the organization’s management.

Its characteristic – acquired over the years – is its broad autonomy to adapt quickly according to the needs of its linked projects (logistics), since ADAI maintains a wide range of links with various organizations and professionals trained in different areas of the humanities and agrarian sciences at secondary, technical and higher education levels who seek to promote education through training and stimulating work that encourages organization, participation and solidarity, as well as promoting social and economic development by fighting poverty through associative and cooperative actions.