A Philanthropic Tradition

Through her active commitment and generosity, Mrs Lily Safra has carried on the philanthropic tradition, which she shared with her late husband, Mr Edmond Safra, one of the twentieth century's most accomplished bankers and founder of the Edmond J. Safra Philanthropic Foundation. Since 2000, she has chaired this Foundation, which supports hundreds of projects related to education, science and medicine, religion, culture, and humanitarian relief in over 40 countries.

With the auction of these jewels, the Lily Safra Foundation has chosen to generously donate the proceeds of the sale to 20 charitable organisations. Furthermore, any proceeds above $20 million will be given to additional philanthropic institutions selected by the Foundation

The Lily Safra Foundation will generously donate the proceeds of the sale to 20 different charitable institutions. Furthermore, any proceeds of the sale above $20 million will be donated to additional charitable organizations selected by the Foundation.

Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, Rwanda

Close to 1.2 million Rwandan children (15% of the country's total population) were left orphaned by the 1994 genocide, and they have had neither the time nor the resources to come to terms with their trauma.
Close to 1.2 million Rwandan children (15% of the country's total population) were left orphaned by the 1994 genocide, and they have had neither the time nor the resources to come to terms with their trauma. The Agahozo Shalom Youth Village (ASYV) is a full-time residential living community whose fundamental goal is to allow the process of healing to take place and to prepare a new generation of leaders ready to take Rwanda forward.

Home to 500 young people and their caregivers, the village includes 32 dormitories, a high school (whose science and computer laboratories are equipped with the latest technological infrastructure), a health clinic, library, chapel, the Edmond J. Safra Community Center (which includes the dining hall), athletic fields, as well as a completely organic farm, which will, in addition to eventually providing for the Village's complete nutritional needs, equip its students with the agricultural skills needed to be as self-sufficient as possible.

ASYV is modeled on aspects of the Yemin Orde Youth Village in Israel, which was established in 1953 to help orphans of the Holocaust and subsequent waves of Ethiopian immigrant children undergo a process of healing and social reintegration. A team of Ethiopian-Israeli volunteers from Yemin Orde worked closely with ASYV on its development and on training its leadership. Having immigrated to Israel as orphans, these volunteers can readily relate to the obstacles that many future-residents face and act both as mentors for ASYV staff and role models for its children.

The Edmond J. Safra Foundation supported the Village's construction, and Mrs. Safra and the Foundation have continued supporting the Village as it expands.

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Children Action, Geneva, Switzerland

Established by Mr. Bernard Sabrier in 1994, Children Action provides aid to children in Switzerland and around the world, particularly in the area of emergency health care, surgical operations, and psychological support.
Established by Mr. Bernard Sabrier in 1994, Children Action provides aid to children in Switzerland and around the world, particularly in the area of emergency health care, surgical operations, and psychological support. The activities of the organization, whose administrative expenses are entirely underwritten by its founder, are guided by its ethics committee and its team of scientific and medical experts.

Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation have been involved with many of Children Action's projects, including orthopedic operations for sick or injured children in southern Vietnam, a center for teenage mothers and their children in Argentina, and a youth suicide prevention program in Geneva. In 2006, the Edmond J. Safra Foundation supported Children Action's response to the devastating earthquake in Pakistan, funding the purchase of hundreds of winterized tents to serve as temporary homes and schools.

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Claude Pompidou Institute for Alzheimer's Disease, Nice, France

The new Claude Pompidou Institute for Alzheimer's disease in Nice, the first of its kind in France, is aimed at centralizing care for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers.
The new Claude Pompidou Institute for Alzheimer's disease in Nice, the first of its kind in France, is aimed at centralizing care for Alzheimer's patients and their caregivers. With the leadership of the former First Lady of France and President of the Claude Pompidou Foundation, Mrs. Bernadette Chirac, the Institute is due to open in August 2012. The Edmond J. Safra Foundation was one of the earliest donors to the project, and Mrs. Safra is its single largest supporter.

In addition to serving as a diagnostic and clinical care center, the Institute will provide information and training for both professionals and the public; undertake basic and clinical research; organize and host social and cultural activities for patients, caregivers, and the general public; and offer short- and long-term in-patient facilities. It will be run in collaboration with the University Hospital of Nice.

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Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital, Tel Hashomer, Israel

The Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital is a leading children's hospital in the Middle East: a 235-bed complex serving children from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the wider region.
The Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital is a leading children's hospital in the Middle East: a 235-bed complex serving children from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, and the wider region. A pioneer in pediatric innovation, it is a "pain-free" hospital (all potentially-painful procedures are undertaken with anesthesia), and its facilities have been designed to provide a family-centered and child-friendly healing environment, including play and education areas, a library, cinema, a "Laughing Room" fantasy center, and facilities for parents and caregivers.

The hospital receives 8,000 annual inpatient admissions and 60,000 annual visits to its emergency room and ambulatory services. The range of services provided includes a state-of-the-art intensive care unit; a pediatric surgery department serving all of the sub-specialties; an inpatient hematological unit that performs bone marrow transplants and intensive chemotherapy; the Edmond J. Safra International Congenital Heart Center; and a comprehensive outpatient clinical services, a day center for oncology patients, and a pediatric hospice.

The 250-person Israeli medical rescue team sent to Haiti after the earthquake, which treated more than 1,100 patients, included medical professionals from the Edmond and Lily Safra Children's Hospital.

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Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Bethesda, Maryland, USA

The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge offers no-cost accommodations and a home-like place of respite for families and loved ones of patients receiving care at the NIH Clinical Center, the premier clinical research hospital in the United States.
The Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge offers no-cost accommodations and a home-like place of respite for families and loved ones of patients receiving care at the NIH Clinical Center, the premier clinical research hospital in the United States. Since its opening in 2005, the Edmond J. Safra Family Lodge has welcomed more than 70,000 family caregivers from all 50 states and six continents. A "home away from home", it provides space during a difficult and stressful time for supportive fellowship, family meetings, and solitude.

The English manor-style residence includes 34 guest rooms, a library, a generously-equipped business and telecommuting center, a fitness center, a children's play area, a large kitchen and dining area, the Claudio and Evelyne Cohen garden, and comfortable social areas.

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Elton John AIDS Foundation, Worldwide

Since it was established by Sir Elton John in 1992, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has raised more than $225 million for innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS in 55 countries around the globe.
Since it was established by Sir Elton John in 1992, the Elton John AIDS Foundation (EJAF) has raised more than $225 million for innovative HIV prevention programs, efforts to eliminate stigma and discrimination associated with HIV/AIDS, and direct care and support services for people living with HIV/AIDS in 55 countries around the globe. As one of the world's leading nonprofit HIV/AIDS organizations, EJAF's current grant-making priorities target HIV prevention, treatment, and care services for highly marginalized, vulnerable, and under-served populations and the promotion of comprehensive sexual health programs for adolescents.

Generous grants over the past several years from Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation have helped to support EJAF's life-saving work, with a special focus on EJAF's Latin America Initiative. Over 1.6 million men, women, and children in Latin America are living with HIV/AIDS. Through EJAF, Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation have provided critically-needed support for community-based programs working to reduce the stigma of the disease, increase access to prevention methods and HIV treatment, and reach out to marginalized, vulnerable populations that are often ignored by government programs and more traditional funders.

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Fight AIDS Monaco

Princess Stéphanie of Monaco founded Fight AIDS Monaco in 2004, stirred by the psychological and financial distress of people living with HIV, their isolation, and the discrimination they face in daily life.
Princess Stéphanie of Monaco founded Fight AIDS Monaco in 2004, stirred by the psychological and financial distress of people living with HIV, their isolation, and the discrimination they face in daily life. The goals of the organization are to disseminate information about HIV/AIDS, to help prevent its transmission, and to provide financial and psychological assistance to patients and their families.

Fight AIDS Monaco also supports certain international projects, including training doctors in Madagascar, subsidizing blood tests and providing anti-retroviral treatments in Lebanon, and purchasing computer equipment for poor HIV-positive women in Burundi.

Mrs. Safra has been a long-time supporter of the organization. In recent years, she provided funding for the construction and therapeutic activities of the "Maison de Vie" in Carpentras, a space for people living with HIV/AIDS and their families to meet and to find support.

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Henry Street Settlement, New York

Founded in 1893 by social work and public health pioneer Lillian Wald on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Henry Street Settlement delivers a wide range of social service and arts programs to more than 50,000 New Yorkers each year.
Founded in 1893 by social work and public health pioneer Lillian Wald on Manhattan's Lower East Side, Henry Street Settlement delivers a wide range of social service and arts programs to more than 50,000 New Yorkers each year. These services include day care and educational services for youth, transitional and supportive housing, job training and placement, primary and behavioral healthcare, and comprehensive senior services.

Henry Street aims to provide opportunities and to enrich lives. In some cases, this may take the form of urgent medical care or housing: in 2011, over 700 patients were treated at Henry Street's primary care clinic, and over 800 individuals were provided with either transitional or permanent lodging. However, alongside its immediate support services, Henry Street also offers education and inspiration through the Abron Arts Center, a performance and rehearsal space that brings innovative artistic excellence to Manhattan's Lower East Side. The Center hosts diverse, cutting-edge performances, exhibitions, residencies, and classes and workshops for all ages. In 2011, over 250 performances attracted 27,000 audience members.

As an organization that has grown from and is centered on a community, Henry Street caters to all ages. Its youth programs help children to enroll in day-care, kindergarten, and after-school programs, while also assisting older children with applications to college. Senior services include hot meals (of which nearly 50,000 were served during 2011 at the Good Companions Seniors' Center) and the organization of recreational and enrichment activities.

Mrs. Safra has been a generous supporter of Henry Street Settlement for decades.

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Hopes and Homes for Children, Romania

Hope and Homes for Children works to close Romanian state-run institutions and move children into family-based care; helps keep together families at risk of breakdown due to the pressures of poverty, disease or conflict; and works to prevent child abandonment.
Hope and Homes for Children works to close Romanian state-run institutions and move children into family-based care; helps keep together families at risk of breakdown due to the pressures of poverty, disease or conflict; and works to prevent child abandonment. As the leaders in deinstitutionalization in Romania, HHC has helped to close over 40 institutions, allowing more than 4,000 children to move to loving family environments.

HHC aims not only to close state institutions – by moving each individual child into a caring family environment – but also to change outdated attitudes to childcare policy and practice. HHC helps local governments put in place the alternative care systems that prevent children from entering institutions in the first place (and it is estimated they have saved as many as 3,000 children through this work).

HHC's pioneering work has become a model for closing institutions, one which has been recognized by international experts, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization, as best practice in the field. Grants from Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation will help HHC close all state-run institutions in Romania by 2020.

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Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève

The Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG) traces its origin to 1602, when it served as an orphanage, a home for the elderly, and a hospice. In 1856 it became the Hôpital Cantonal de Genève, and in 1995 the various hospitals of the city were brought together to form the current facility.
The Hôpitaux Universitaires de Genève (HUG) traces its origin to 1602, when it served as an orphanage, a home for the elderly, and a hospice. In 1856 it became the Hôpital Cantonal de Genève, and in 1995 the various hospitals of the city were brought together to form the current facility. Today, with nearly 2,000 beds, and welcoming up to 50,000 patients per year, the HUG is one of the leading medical centers in Switzerland.

Alongside diagnostics and patient care, the hospital performs cutting-edge research, and, in partnership with leading universities, provides teaching facilities and expertise to train the next generation of medical specialists. The HUG also has a number of social outreach programs as part of a holistic, proactive approach to patient care, including a mobile diagnostic and medical center that allows patients with debilitating conditions to receive treatment in the comfort of familiar surroundings. The hospital has particular expertise in the care and rehabilitation of patients with chronic conditions such as cancer and diabetes.

Mr. Safra was a generous donor to the hospital for many years, and Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation have continued this support. Specific projects have included the renovation of the hospital's intensive care unit, purchasing scientific equipment, and regular annual funding for priority research initiatives.

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Imperial College, London: Edmond J. Safra Chair in Neuropsychopharmacology & Edmond J. Safra Chair in Radiochemistry

Imperial College is one of Europe's leading science and medical research centers, especially in the field of neuroscience, with researchers dedicated to developing new diagnostic techniques and therapies for the treatment of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.
Imperial College is one of Europe's leading science and medical research centers, especially in the field of neuroscience, with researchers dedicated to developing new diagnostic techniques and therapies for the treatment of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

In 2008 the Edmond J. Safra Foundation established the Edmond J. Safra Chair of Neuropsychopharmacology, currently held by Professor David Nutt. Professor Nutt uses cutting-edge brain scanning techniques to develop new treatments for a range of conditions, including Alzheimer's disease and depression. An expert in how the circuits in the brain work together, Professor Nutt has made key discoveries about the role of neurotransmitters in anxiety, depression, addiction, and sleep that have improved the treatment of patients with these disorders.

In 2011, Mrs. Safra established the Edmond J. Safra Chair and research team in Radiochemistry.

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Institute for Brain and Spinal Cord Disorders, Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, Paris

The Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, one of Europe's largest, has been a hub of teaching, research, and treatment in Paris for centuries. It is regarded as the birthplace of the field of neurology, and the new Brain and Spinal Cord Institute (ICM) carries on this pioneering tradition.
The Pitié-Salpêtrière Hospital, one of Europe's largest, has been a hub of teaching, research, and treatment in Paris for centuries. It is regarded as the birthplace of the field of neurology, and the new Brain and Spinal Cord Institute (ICM) carries on this pioneering tradition. The ICM has created a new template for public-private partnership in scientific research in France.

Opened in September 2010, the Institute is both a hospital and a research center, allowing scientists and physicians to constantly collaborate on translating laboratory discoveries into practical treatments for patients suffering from neurological and psychiatric disorders. It will offer over 22,000 square meters of lab space and sophisticated technology to 600 researchers recruited from around the world (from a wide variety of fields within the neurosciences), all aimed at understanding the causes of brain diseases and developing mechanisms for their prevention and cure.

The Edmond J. Safra Foundation was one of the first major supporters of the project, and Mrs. Safra is the single largest individual donor.

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Keren Shemesh, Israel

Established by HRH the Prince of Wales, Youth Business International is a global network of 40 national youth business programs: loan-granting entrepreneurial employment programs that advocate "employment through entrepreneurship".
Established by HRH the Prince of Wales, Youth Business International is a global network of 40 national youth business programs: loan-granting entrepreneurial employment programs that advocate "employment through entrepreneurship". One of these is Keren Shemesh, launched in Israel in 2005 by the Edmond J. Safra Foundation.

Once accepted, each new entrepreneur receives a complete "package" of assistance, including entrepreneurial counseling, ongoing mentorship from an experienced business leader (over 200 high-level professionals are currently volunteering their time and expertise), business training, and an interest-free loan.

To date, almost 800 new businesses have been created across the country, and businesses launched by Keren Shemesh-supported entrepreneurs have created over 2,500 new jobs, many in Israel's peripheral regions or populations.

Mr. Amir Asor, a Keren Shemesh entrepreneur, was named the 2011 YBI international "Entrepreneur of the Year" in London. His company produces educational Lego sets that encourage children to discover complex engineering concepts.

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King's College, London: Edmond and Lily Safra Parkinson's Research Fellowships

King's College London is home to the largest medical school in Europe, with an extensive clinical, research, and training program forming the core of its activities. There are approximately 960 staff members working on prevention, treatment, care, and epidemiological initiatives in neuroscience, making it one of the largest groups of basic and clinical scientists studying brain development, disease, and repair of any university in the world.
King's College London is home to the largest medical school in Europe, with an extensive clinical, research, and training program forming the core of its activities. There are approximately 960 staff members working on prevention, treatment, care, and epidemiological initiatives in neuroscience, making it one of the largest groups of basic and clinical scientists studying brain development, disease, and repair of any university in the world.

Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation have funded several Parkinson's disease research projects at King's College, including a program designed to find effective means of support for family members caring for loved ones with Parkinson's disease. In 2011, Mrs. Safra established three Edmond and Lily Safra Research Fellowships in Parkinson's disease.

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Le Ballet de l'Opéra National de Paris

The Paris Opera, founded in 1669 by King Louis XIV, remains one of the most venerable operatic institutions in the world. It shares its traditional home, the Palais Garnier, with the Paris Ballet, considered one of the world's finest companies, with an extensive repertoire ranging from the major romantic and classical ballets to creations by contemporary choreographers.
The Paris Opera, founded in 1669 by King Louis XIV, remains one of the most venerable operatic institutions in the world. It shares its traditional home, the Palais Garnier, with the Paris Ballet, considered one of the world's finest companies, with an extensive repertoire ranging from the major romantic and classical ballets to creations by contemporary choreographers.

The Paris Opera and the Paris Ballet each stage around 180 performances per year, drawing as many as 800,000 visitors to both the Palais Garnier and the Opéra Bastille.In 2013, a special program of events will mark the 300th anniversary of the illustrious Ecole de Danse Française.

Mrs. Safra and the Edmond J. Safra Foundation have been long-time supporters of the Paris Opera and Ballet.

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New York University, Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center

The NYU Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center, founded in 2007 with the support of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, helps individuals and families living with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders to achieve the highest possible quality of life.
The NYU Parkinson and Movement Disorders Center, founded in 2007 with the support of the Edmond J. Safra Foundation, helps individuals and families living with Parkinson's disease and other movement disorders to achieve the highest possible quality of life. Under the direction of Dr. Alessandro Di Rocco, the Center offers a humanistic, empathic, and compassionate approach to healthcare delivery. It combines clinical care, a robust research program, and a pioneering community education and outreach program.

The Center's novel Parkinson Wellness Program is aimed at helping people with PD and their families maintain "active living" in an environment that gives hope and meaning to life, rather than focusing on "disease". It provides a range of Parkinson-specific fitness classes, a Sunday educational series, and programs for family caregivers of people with Parkinson's. With the recent addition of two more Parkinson's-specific fitness classes, there are now seven types of wellness classes offered: Tai Chi, Pilates, NIA, Yoga, Chair Exercise, Alexander Technique, and Water Exercise.

In addition, Center staff are reaching out to diverse and underserved low-income communities to offer support, education (of healthcare and community professionals, as well as laypeople), and informal care. The Edmond J. Safra Foundation has recently provided renewed funding to help the Center expand its activities, particular in the area of care for patients suffering from the more severe and challenging advanced stages of Parkinson's disease.

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Royal Opera House, London

Seating over 2,200 people, the Royal Opera House is one of the most modern theaters in Europe, with high-quality technical, rehearsal, office, and educational facilities.
Seating over 2,200 people, the Royal Opera House is one of the most modern theaters in Europe, with high-quality technical, rehearsal, office, and educational facilities. The Royal Opera House welcomes an average of approximately 700,000 spectators annually.

To complement its world-class performances, the Royal Opera House has a number of educational and outreach programs, helping to enable people of all ages and backgrounds to enjoy the arts. The Schools' Matinee Program gives students aged 8-18 the opportunity to attend special matinee performances of six of the season's productions. The Education Program, featuring a state-of-the-art, 14-acre production workshop, works with schools and colleges, encouraging students to discover and develop new skills through exploring ballet, opera and music.

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Université Joseph Fourier, Institut des Neurosciences, Bâtiment Edmond J. Safra & Institut Clinatec, Centre de Recherche Edmond J. Safra, Grenoble, France

The Neuroscience Institute, housed in the Bâtiment Edmond J. Safra, was inaugurated in December 2007. It brings together several INSERM laboratories and research teams that were previously spread out across the hospital and the city, and draws researchers from across France.
The Neuroscience Institute, housed in the Bâtiment Edmond J. Safra, was inaugurated in December 2007. It brings together several INSERM laboratories and research teams that were previously spread out across the hospital and the city, and draws researchers from across France. The Institute aims to develop new insights into the workings of the brain, from the molecular to the structural level.

The Bâtiment Edmond J. Safra (6,000 m²) has 4,200 m² of workspace on four floors, accommodating offices, research facilities, an auditorium, and laboratories for some 200 researchers, educators, clinicians, engineers, and students, working in ten multidisciplinary teams to address diseases including cancer, Parkinson's, epilepsy, stroke, Alzheimer's, and schizophrenia.

The Clinatec Institute, a joint initiative of the French Atomic Energy Commission and the University Hospital of Grenoble, is a research laboratory dedicated to biomedical and health applications of micro- and nanotechnology. The Centre de Recherche Edmond J. Safra brings together multidisciplinary teams from around the world to develop new diagnostic and therapeutic approaches to neurodegenerative diseases based on these technologies – to translate technological advances into better treatments for patients. Clinatec is led by the world-renowned Professor Alim-Louis Benabid, the pioneer of Deep Brain Stimulation.

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University of Toronto and Toronto Western Hospital, Canada: Edmond J. Safra Program in Parkinson's Disease (Dr. Anthony Lang & Dr. Andres Lozano)

With the leadership of Dr. Anthony Lang and Dr. Andres Lozano, the Movement Disorder Center at Toronto Western Hospital has become one of the most respected Parkinson's disease research and treatment centers worldwide.
With the leadership of Dr. Anthony Lang and Dr. Andres Lozano, the Movement Disorder Center at Toronto Western Hospital has become one of the most respected Parkinson's disease research and treatment centers worldwide. The Center is the largest such facility in Canada and one of the largest in North America, and it attracts some of the most promising young neuroscience research talent from around the world.

The Edmond J. Safra Foundation has helped the Center build on its success through establishing two senior faculty positions (in neuroimaging and invertebrate modeling); creating a dedicated PET (positron emission tomography) facility for the Parkinson's disease research program; and endowing the Edmond J. Safra Fellowships in Neurodegenerative Diseases for junior researchers

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Water Treatment Program, Amélia Rodrigues (Bahia), Brazil

Super BAC, a Brazilian company, has developed an environmentally friendly, biological tablet for water treatment and purification. With funding from Mrs. Safra, they launched an ambitious project in the municipality of Amélia Rodrigues near Salvador, where, like in many areas of Brazil, untreated sewage creates serious health problems.
Super BAC, a Brazilian company, has developed an environmentally friendly, biological tablet for water treatment and purification. With funding from Mrs. Safra, they launched an ambitious project in the municipality of Amélia Rodrigues near Salvador, where, like in many areas of Brazil, untreated sewage creates serious health problems. The tablets are introduced into home septic tanks, breaking the cycle of contaminated water.

With the support of the local government, Super BAC implemented an aggressive education program to train the population about hygiene, sanitation, and the water cycle: they held musical events in connection with lectures; they trained the town's health workers who, in turn, visited each home in the area to teach the residents; and they produced comic books for children's lessons in school. So far, 5,000 families have been enrolled in the program and are benefiting from newly-clean septic tanks.

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