The institute Afrânio Affonso Ferreira (1916-2000) would like to use the life experiences of its patron. After graduating in agronomy at ESALQ, in Piracicaba, in 1937, Afranio followed a career in the manufacturing and selling of machines used for public works in the building of highways, dams, etc. His jobs and links with business allowed him to assimilate the Caterpillar culture and the American Hoist & Derrick culture, realizing the high priority given to the question of training in those areas, which was incorporated into his businesses.
In the 50´s Afranio, together with his brothers founded Bahema and Tema Terra. Although the largest of these companies did not, during the pioneer's life, have more than 600 employees and US$ 30 million in sales during the golden 70´s, those companies were always daring in terms of undertakings & opportunities for career climbing in their hierarquies. Although these companies were in the heart of the absent great landowners areas, Afranio, was always in the vanguard of worker/owner relationships, he stimulated participative management. So much so it was always necessary to have a constant formation and upgrading of workers. Without any geographical or financial boundaries which included the consultants going to Bahia, courses for technicians and mechanics in Australia and the USA and many others.
Afranio was greatly impressed by two phenomena which he saw in great abundance in the North East of Brazil: the lack of apprentice schooling side by side with an abundance of talents. These people have a very hard life, but life teaches them to make a lot from very little. They have a great desire to learn, so whatever opportunity comes their way to acquire technical skills is received like water falling on a desert.
These training programs were not limited to his companies and to the regular courses for its mechanics, welders, and office workers etc. In the 70´s the Manoel Affonso Ferreira School was created for poor young people (these young people did not have the normal access to schools) in Teresina, São Luis and Aracaju. The word poor used here is not a euphemism, giving an example which almost seems a joke: one candidate was not admitted because his family income was completely above the others; his family was the proud owner of a cow.
The Linck Schools of Porto Alegre were replicated. Unfortunately the acute economic crisis in the construction area and its infra-structure forced the provisional closure of MAF schools.
In 2003 the heirs of Afranio decided to re- start the project of the training of needy individuals and adapt it, due to its new reality. Still with the same spirit, but not for the running of a school. With the sale of Bahema Equipamentos the family no longer had an access to the use of factory training, so IAAF now proposes to be only a catalyser instead of teacher and trainer.
According to the research by Fundação Odebrecht, churches, community associations and unions have in Brazil 1.686. It is with these types of institutions that IAAF wants to work.