WHY BRAZIL? WHY RIO DE JANEIRO?
Brazil is a country of great opportunity. But as the world watches this developing nation prepare to host the 2016 Olympic Games, it is important to remember that Brazil has an average income less than half the OECD average and an unacceptable part of the population lives below the poverty line and without effective access to basic necessities.
Rio de Janeiro is a city that has many contrasts and several favelas.
Favela is the set of precariously built and unpopular housing units (sewerage, water supply, energy, health station, garbage collection, schools, public transportation, etc.).
In this context they suggest several opportunities for development and tangible social impact.
Complexo do Alemão is a collective group of favela communities situated in the North Zone of Rio de Janeiro. As one of the largest communities in Rio, Complexo has a long and somewhat jaded history of violence and poverty. Despite now being part of the government’s UPP program and the presence of many extraordinary individuals creating a more just and prosperous community, the lingering reputation means that, in general, the community receives less social aid than other favela communities.
Rocinha is one of the top 10 largest slums in the world. Almost seventy thousands of people live in a thriving community where there are many opportunities and challenges at the same time.
The result is that both uncertainty and a lack of vision is evident in the minds of the youth living in the community.
By providing free, practical education opportunities and community assistance, Educate the Favela strives to open the minds and broaden the horizons of these teenagers, to foster the entrepreneurs and community leaders of tomorrow, as well as to nurture and grow the vibrant community spirit and support existing education programs.