We are judokas, educators, warriors and volunteers.
The year of 1991 was remarkable in the life of Master Júlio César Lana Jaques. The young man was studying Physical Education at the Federal University of Viçosa and had conquered the dream of becoming a black belt in judo. When everything seemed perfect, a serious car accident tragically changed his life. Júlio fought one of the main fights in his history. He survived and was unable to walk for 3 years. However, in the same accident, his brother Eduardo (Edu) and two other colleagues died.
It took 4 long years of recovery. In this period of much learning and reflection, Mestre Júlio began to give judo classes, in Timóteo-MG, as a volunteer at Fundação Mineira da Criança (Fumic) and Associação de Pais e Mestres (Apae) for about 100 children. In 1995, with the help of family and friend Gleiser Pontes, they created Projeto Ajudôu without any kind of support or encouragement.
Ajudôu is a Non-Governmental Organization, recognized for its public utility at the municipal and state levels. With the support of major partners, more than 35,000 children and adolescents have been assisted with free judo, soccer, futsal, volleyball, basketball, handball and swimming lessons in more than 50 different cities in 6 states.
A remarkable year in the life of our founder Júlio. he survived a serious car accident and he was unable to walk for 3 years. (Look the History in the text above).
Júlio Cesar began teaching judo in Timóteo, as volunteer, at Fundação Mineira da Criança (Fumic) and APAE.
Visit to the project of former Olympic swimming athlete André Lamb.
Visit to the Ajudôu of the superjudoka and Olympic champion Aurélio Miguel. With this great visibility, a partnership was started with the prefecture of Timóteo that lasts until today.
The Ajudôu association was created, an entity, of private, non-profit.
Ajudôu.Org was recognized as a useful institution municipal public service of Timothy.
Ajudôu.Org was recognized as a useful institution state public service in Minas Gerais.
Ajudôu.Org worked exclusively in Timóteo-MG, serving about 300 students a year.
Use of the Federal Sports Incentive Law, expanding work considerably. It started to serve about 750 children and adolescents in 2 cities.
First black belt graduated at Ajudôu.Org - FagnerFernandes.
It started to attend projects by the State Law of Incentive to the Minas Gerais Sport.
Receives funds from the Rotary International Foundation, to the Conflict Mediation and Resolution project.
The NGO gains scale, and starts to serve 4,200 children in 22 cities of Minas Gerais, being that just judo are 1,700 students.
Creation of the Ajudôu Vs Coronavirus campaign that took food to more than 15 thousand people during the Covid-19 pandemic. We won the VOA, Ambev's NGO acceleration program.
We broke through the Minas Gerais border, started to serve projects in Bahia, Espírito Santo and Pará. There were more than 5 thousand students in 37 cities. We were certified by the Doar Seal and the Ambev's PEX-VOA Management, the most relevant in the Third Sector in the Brazil.
In 2022, we served approximately 7,000 children and reached the states of Goiás and São Paulo.