The communities we work with in Rio de Janeiro
The city of Rio de Janeiro or the Marvelous City, is known as one of the most beautiful places in the world. Rio is well-known for its beaches, the legendary ´Girl from Ipanema´, its futebol, Cristo Redentor and of course, its spectacular Carnaval. But Rio is much more than that.
Close to 1.5 million people, about 24% of the City’s population, live in one of the 1000 favelas spread throughout the city. 'The favelas are settlements characterized by informal buildings, low-quality housing, limited access to public services, high population density and insecure property rights.' - Thruthout
We volunteer in the favelas Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo, which are located in on the hill between Copacabana and Ipanema beach, at the touristic heart of Rio´s south zone. These favelas have been pacified since December 2009 and has approximately 20.000 inhabitants, including around 4.000 children and teens.
These children and adolescents live in underprivileged circumstances and are surrounded by violence, garbage, drugs and poverty.
Of these children and adolescents;
´Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.´ Aristoteles
Rua Saint Roman 146
Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro