Haroldo Jacobovicz Follows Parents’ Footprints to Give Back to Curitiba Community
As he turns 61 years, Haroldo Jacobovicz is a happy man. He goes down Brazilian history books as the son of two civil engineers who wanted good for their country. What is more, the aging civil engineer is now following his parents’ philanthropy culture. A few months ago, Haroldo Jacobovicz announced that his foundation, Haroldo Institute will finalize the issuance of 250,000 reais to what he called deserving institutions in Curitiba. According to the Horizons Telecom founder and CEO Haroldo Jacobovicz, it is time entrepreneurs gave back to the communities they came from.
Haroldo is giving Curitiba funding at a time the institutions have been left in limbo for many years. The investor says that when he was growing up, he saw his parents visit several institutions in his region. “Although I didn’t quite understand what my parents went to do, I know we used to go,” said Horizons Datacenter CEO Haroldo Jacobovicz. The civil engineer goes on to say that he learnt the art of giving from his childhood. “My parents taught me that it is not just a good thing to give but it is an important part of life. They told me from my childhood that my individual success depended on how I treated others especially those that are less fortunate in the society,”
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From his view, giving should be part of life whether one has or doesn’t. He also believes that philanthropy is nurtured and perhaps passed from parents to their children. Funding from the Haroldo Jacobovicz Institute will go to ailing institutions that have been running for decades in Curitiba. Some of the institutions that will benefit from the HJI funding include daycare centers, homes for the homeless, animal protection centers, institutions for cancer prevention and treatment and nursing homes. A statement from the institute says that the investor has lined up more funding in coming years and more