Mr. Miguel Novais
Rua Irmãos de La Salle s/n
4755-054 Barcelinhos-Barcelos, Portugal
Tel.: (00351) 253 831 249
SOPRO’s mission is the “youth's education on solidarity and promotion of cooperation projects for human development in the world”. As inspiration to future work, SOPRO has a vision: “to be recognized as a NGO consistent with its mission and values in its activities. To be a promoting actor of the participation of all and, in particular, of young people as witnesses and channel for solidarity”.
By its context of foundation, SOPRO is a Lasallist association that also supports the mission of the Christian Schools Brothers: “promotion of integral human development and society transformation by human and Christian education, solidarity and participation”.
Recognized by Camões - Instituto da Cooperação e da Língua, IP (Foreign Affairs Ministry) and member of Portuguese Platform of NGO since January 2002, SOPRO develops its activities at local and international level guided by the following values: solidarity, cooperation, education as a universal right, integrity, justice, respect and voluntary work. SOPRO has made Millennium Development Goals its own purposes, so SOPRO works, mainly, to “Eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; Achieve Universal Primary Education; Promote Gender Equality and Empower Women”, never forgetting to contribute for a “Global Partnership for Development”. Thus, SOPRO has a firm background in the development of projects for the integration, promotion and participation of people at risk of social exclusion or in a vulnerable situation in society, mainly through their education and empowerment and ensuring equality of opportunities.
In Barcelos, SOPRO has developed several projects, among them: “Voluntary work in close territory”, which promotes intergenerational relationships, representing a practical learn in a non-formal environment for the volunteers; “School Supply Bank”, for equal access to education and “SOPRO Feminino”, a project dedicated to Gender Equality and Non-Gender Violence, focused in the creation of monitoring and protection mechanisms for victims of domestic violence, mainly women, and consequent construction of a new future and reintegration into society.
Internationally, SOPRO's work is focused in educational/development projects in Mozambique by two adoption programs, “One Euro Makes Smile” and “Be a Godfather to a Child”, and by International Voluntary Work, acting on adult literacy, teacher training and educational support to children and young, health and human/civic problems. Until 2014, SOPRO sent 83 volunteers to the Developing Countries.