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_19 Associação Sonha, Faz e Acontece Dream, Do and It Happens transition From TRANSITION Lisbon lisbon In 2010, moved by the desire to create value, a group of friends flew to the Principe Island in Sao Tome and Principe. There they discovered a different reality, where there were books to read, teachers to teach, libraries to study, training in several areas, etc. In Principe, there was - and still there is - a lot to do for the Education of those children and ‘Sonha, Faz e Acontece’ wanted to participate actively in this change that reveals urgency. That was how, in April 2012, ‘Sonha, Faz e Acontece’ was born, a non-profit association of social entrepreneurship and volunteerism whose dream is to promote Education on the Portuguese-speaking African Countries (PALOP countries). They started by the Principe Island, their pilot project, but the intention was to expand the activity to other countries where the Education still is a basic need. Currently, they are focused on two lines of action - one in Portugal, the other one in Principe. TRANSITION Lisbon provided a framework that supported the innovators to focus and clarify the idea, to enhance the social value and to define the criteria’s to evaluate the social impact. Moreover TRANSITION Lisbon whelp them with network development by connecting them with more stakeholders, and to re-think their strategy to become more finance stable. The past September, the organization won the first price in the national contest for volunteer’s organization given by the Montepio Foundation, increasing their credibility and recognition. WEBSITE: www.sonhafazacontece.org