1984 - The first steps of a dream
- Foto: João Ruiz Lopes
From this idea, Paiva Netto then thought that the time had come to fulfill the age-old dream of the founder of the Legion of Good Will, Alziro Zarur (1914-1979). But how can one accomplish a task of such magnitude? Without a moment of hesitation, he appealed to the people who have always been there to support the initiatives of the LBV since its earliest days. Above all, he was able to count on the support that came from the women to achieve such a noble goal. He first listened to the elders so that their experience would assist him to balance things out; then he summoned a meeting with the Organization’s Fraternal Council to whom he presented the idea, and was enthusiastically applauded in return.
Haroldo Rocha, currently representative of the LBV of Europe, followed this journey closely. He recalls that President Paiva Netto back in 1983 and 1984 had already requested the late Waldir Gomes Tristão (1932-1989)—at the time in charge of the Organization’s office in the federal capital—to seek within Brasilia’s Plano Piloto region, land plots sufficiently large to accommodate the magnificent undertaking intended for the Temple: "Brother Paiva himself established before Waldir, the structures of what must be obtained in terms of land, dimensions and impact, since the project had not been designed yet. What few people know is that block 915 itself, where the TGW is located, was planned and built on that occasion for the future construction”, Haroldo reminisces.
- Foto: Haroldo Rocha
- Walking on the grounds where the Temple of Good Will was built (October 1984)