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WHO ARE WE Non profit NGO Founded in 2009 NGO’s consultant Awakening Projects Focus on Gender Equality and socioeconomic empowerment

We act with passion

WHY A large percentage of NGO 's, mainly in developing countries, despite having strong ability, goals, funding and motivated teams they suffer from basic structural failures that do not allow them the desired impact within the community that they could achieve.

SAPANA is focused to face and correct these failures, giving basic tools on economics, social interpersonal, management and sustainability areas.

Everyone who has skills and potential to explore can in fact be the development force of a community, especially young people and women. Due to social and cultural issues, they are stuck in unfair roles and completely inaccurate of their potential.

SAPANA, through a focus on gender equality, Intends to fight this reality through training and empowerment practices with results on economic and social empowerment of women. Empowering women, empowering these people will empower us all.

Together we develop communities.


To reach one’s deepest inner being and develop his skills and passions, emerging out sustainability, dignity and will to change, towards a greater impact in the community around.



European representative of AIILSG

First implementation in the field

2011 2009 Project concept definition

Team creation and foundation of the NGO


TARGET AUDIENCE (organizations)

NGO'S WITH: › Potential and will to impact the community › Healthy vision, mission and values › At least 5 years in the field › Action in rural areas (not exclusive) › Teams of 5 to 10 people › At least one member who communicates in English › Programs with the ability to evolve and to become self-sustainable



FLAWS EVALUATION AND IDENTIFICATION: › Adjusted questionnaires to the reality of the Organization and type of position within it › Listing of identified difficulties and related flaws analysis › Analysis of team skills and backgrounds



IDENTIFICATION OF THE ORGANIZATION GOALS: › Conceptual analysis of the mission and vision › Feasibility study of goals and their prioritization › Alignment of expectations with the Organization



TRAINING AND EMPOWERMENT: › Skills modules portfolio with focus on efficiency and sustainability of the Organization › Total adaptation to reality, needs and teams of the Organization › Different formats of modules application with prepared information for various types public in terms of literacy, mentality, such as IT, Language, Professional, Interpersonal, Education and Preservation.



COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: › Cooperative work between Organization, Sapana and population › Use of impact measurement tools in the community › Use of social networks and new media document life stories – affective relationship between contrasting realities such as the portuguese and the indian ones.



TRAINING SKILLS: › IT (Windows, Word, Excell, Powerpoint, Image, Internet, Blogs and Social Media) › Professional (CV, approaches to the market, interviews, presentation skills, entrepreneurship, fundraising, funds management, disclosure tools)

› Interpersonal (leadership, teamwork, conflict management, communication, decision-making)

› Language (english, copywrite) › Education and prevention (sexuality, STD 's, prostitution, genital mutilation, violence, citizenship and human rights, food safety and hygiene, role of the family in the 21st century, castes vs. Western countries)


PEOPLE (specially women and youngsters): › With influence in their community › Skills and potential by exploring › Willingness to improve their lives and those of their children › Integrity and commitment with our programme › The strength to fight for their dignity



› Training on themes related to the use of condoms, prevention of STD 's, female genital mutilation, etc. › Analysis of technical expertise and real needs of each person › Support in developing projects and businesses that promote financial sustainability and dignity › Help in trading, access to micro-credit, etc.

PROJECTS Movement involving people and social / cultural actions around these topics, promoting the diffusion of information throught the media: › Condom use › Prevention of Std's › Prevention of AIDS › Genital mutilation

PROJECTS › International project of social and economic empowerment › We deliver tools for self-sustainability on the long-term › We develop individuals › Sub-projects: Demm, Mouraria (example), Kakuma


› Distribution of 60.000 condoms › Consulting to the NGO itself › Reintegration of sex workers in the community › Online platform for the sale of products manufactured by the sex workers

DEMM-Margao, Goa


› Distribution of 60.000 condoms, books, etc. › Link between ISEG and AIILSG › Restore a historical connection with a social project that is happening in the two countries simultaneously

Project in Portugal (Mouraria for example)


› Impact on a population of almost 100,000 people, one of the largest refugee camps in Kenya › Collaboration with EDP Foundation in social entrepreneurship projects › Creating an online platform for marketing handcrafted products made by peasant women › Help in access to micro-credit projects (e.g. kiva, myc4)

Project Kakuma (Refugee Camp)

ACTION AREAS Portugal Guatemala


Ukraine India and Nepal Yemen Kenya


ASHOKA Contact › SOLOMON PRAKASH More info ›

› World's largest organization of social entrepreneurship › More than 2000 "change makers" in more than 60 countries › Pioneer in social innovation policies, replication of sustainable solutions with strong impact in the community, creating infrastructures for the development (access to financing, facilitating the liaison with academic and industrial areas, etc.) › Partnership at human resources and logistics


› Main institution of education and research in India › Over 80 years of activity and coverage throughout the territory › Focused on empowerment and community development, public policy research, training and projects in areas of health, environment, power, technology, management, etc. › Partnership at the institutional level, infrastructure and access to funds

ISCTE-IUL Contact › Maria das Dores Guerreiro More info ›

› Academic and research partner › Application and standardization of measuring tools and data collection › Statistical analysis of data and comparative studies › Recruitment of volunteers for studies and actions in the field – traineeships, master's theses, etc. › Cross and data validation at a global level that support the whole project

FUNDAÇÃO DA JUVENTUDE Contact › Paula Graça More info ›

› Portuguese Youth Foundation › Supports initiatives that promote the integration of young people in the enterprise market, young entrepreneurship, social inclusion and citizenship › Organizes social projects, educations programmes, research grants, etc. › Partnership for logistics and Portuguese initiatives

HIRE & TRUST - EXECUTIVE SEARCH Contact › Nuno Fraga More info ›

› Private consultant › Works with the client to find the right Human Capital which will enable them to achieve positions of excellence at a com petitive level › All the team-members have areas of expertise where they develop their processes in order to maximize the value added that is intended to provide to the customer

Carolina Cruz

Patrícia Assis

Miguel Jerónimo

Mafalda Almeida

Mónica Araújo

Joana Murta Rosa


Change Manager

Field Coordinator and Human Relations

Head Office Coordinator

Creative Partner

Gaps Solver

I have a degree in Psychology.

I’m from the Management field and

Coming from engineering but not being

Licensed in Translation of English and

Licensed in graphic design , I`ve been

Graduated in International Relations,

I'm passioned about human mind and our race.

I’m always moved by what my

an engineer, everything I’ve achieved is


working in the creative area since

the power of the relations between

instinct says.

due to the passionate work I believe in.

Driven by an immense desire to give


people fascinates me.

I believe that I can change the world.

This organization gave me and still

I live to take the opportunities uncon-

a valid contribution by building

I like being a designer! With my work

Besides that, I live as an explorer and

gives me daily challenges.

ditionally I’m driven by passions and

a better world.

I can give wings to my imagination

as a surfer, and while I´m out there

I’m sensitive and I wake up every day

and learn with each project.

I have a lot of time to realize how

I’m driven by a desire and a dream.

much coffee.

I am realistic, and only thus I can do something.

I’m financial, extremely analytic, methodic, passionate and a true

I don't like wasting time sleeping or

urging to become a better person,

Love art in its most various forms,

amazing is the place that we live in

I felt the need to learn Financials, Stewardship and Entrepreneurship.

believer that is at the basis that

procrastinating, when I can be creating.

to make a difference.

from theatre to photography.

and about how great persons can we

everything is built.

I like to believe that the whole human

I want to do something that makes

I’m for self development, shiatsu and

beings have an infinite potential

my Soul smile.

feng shui.

I also felt the need to develop the my competences, and basically that is what Sapana goes to discover. Develop skills and valences of each one in order to become full and more sustainable.

and that is up to each one to take advantage of it.

I like the diversity of ways of living,

all be. I believe that happiness is only true when shared.

people and places and I’m passionate

Through SAPANA we try to help each

For me, and for me, I try to do it through

about inspiring life stories.

one to find their way, as we found

creativity, multidisciplinarity and

I love dreams and high flights.

dedication-something that makes me

I believe that creativity has an

never give up find my catharsis, either

important role in the world because

by art, projects with meaning or simply meet exciting people.

it triggers emotions.

ours. Dream. Wish. Make it happen.


Sapana Team (+351) 91 213 78 02


We passionately develop people and organizations by empower them socially and economically!