The Ibirapuera Park Center for Sociability and Cooperation, managed by the São Paulo Municipal Health Department since 1991, is a cross-sectoral program. On one hand, it is enabled by governmental agencies such as the Environmental, Cultural, and Sports and Leisure Departments, and on the other hand, it is supported by non-governmental institutions, among them, Associação Morungaba.
The work by CECCO focuses on autonomy, demonstration of desire, and accessibility, incorporating a new paradigm associating health with freedom and creativity in a collective, existential context.
Dance and physical activities help to group individuals, and were incorporated into the program with the purpose of developing the active potential of participants, broadening their repertoire and social network.
Morungaba developed projects in partnership with the Ibirapuera CECCO in two different occasions:
1991 – 1997 – Movement Moment Project, for children living in the Jardim Miriam shanty town, who went each day to the Ibirapuera Park as a means of survival and protection, and the Dance Project for adults with disabilities, integrating students from APAE and users of the park.
2004 – 2008 – Project Estimulação, integrating deaf children from DERDIC (Education and Rehabilitation Division for Communication Disorders), children in situations of foster care at the “Minha Casa” shelter, and users of the park.
This program was supported by volunteers and interns from the School of Psychology from PUC/SP and Occupational Therapy from USP.