Center for Digital Inclusion

The Center for Digital Inclusion (CDI) is a global NGO that implements educational programs designed to expose disadvantaged groups and impoverished communities to new technologies. We promote social inclusion of vulnerable populations by using education and technology to fight poverty, stimulate entrepreneurship, strengthen communities and empower them to transform their realities. Today, CDI has operations in 11 countries: Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Venezuela, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Uruguay, Spain and the UK..
Sep 26, 2011

Police takes over Morro dos Macacos in Rio

Morro dos Macacos
Morro dos Macacos

The police took over the slums of the Apes Hill in Rio de Janeiro last October and installed what they call the Peacemaker Police Unit (UPP in Portuguese). All the drug dealers were arrested or had to flee to a neighboring favela. More than 12,000 people at Monkey Hill and another 27,000 people living in surrounding areas are benefiting by this operation. More than 200 police officers will be based within the community not to let the crime and drug trafficking back to the slum.With this attitude of the government and must arrive essential services to this community that is lacking in everything. The ECAC has developed social work and nonprofit work in this community for over 25 years. Throughout this time, the ECAC has managed to remove many of the young from the world of crime and also prepared several young people for the job market. Many of these young people could work great and are very happy. Work cannot stop and that is why the police, with or without the ECAC, will continue to help this community and needs your help. Friend Giver will help us save and change the lives of the people of Monkey Hill, here in Rio de Janeiro. Donate and keep this active work.

Police arriving in the favela
Police arriving in the favela
Little girl and a policeman carrying heavy weapon
Little girl and a policeman carrying heavy weapon
Sep 26, 2011

Digital Project CEACA Changing Lives in the Rio

Thiago Castro
Thiago Castro

My name is Thiago Castro, I discovered CEACA through a friend who invited me to do a project that earned a scholarship valued at $ 65.00. I started doing the Young Agent Project at age 13, with 15 years my daughter was born then I had to wake up to life, got the project started to Win and I qualify. The CEACA has helped me see life differently, fighting for my objectives The CEACA has always supported me and gave me strength to continue. When I turned 16 years, Carlos Alexander offered me an opportunity to learn and improve myself in information technology to teach and be an educator. When he realized I was ready to teach, I started with the CDI Community Educator with the mission to transform lives by educating and teaching the Basic and Advanced Computing. After I started teaching in the Project seize with pleasure, where the objective of the project was to support education for children, too, was an educator of the winning project where young girls would qualify in Computerized Administrative Assistant, I also worked on Project Winning the Future - FIA. 


Today I work in Project Collective Coca-Cola, which qualify young people 15 to 25 in the area of sales promoters and seeking their first job, as well as the CEACA-Digital graphics rendering services. So many young people like me participate in the CEACA-Digital thanks to courses offered today are embedded in the labor market. 
We have progressed with the help of donations and employees, but still can not achieve our objective of setting up our own graphics to make our services accessible to competitive, because the community there is no graphics. 
This work is of extreme importance to us because through him we can afford our sustainability. 

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Aug 30, 2011

Graphics Design, From Student to Teacher

CEACA staff; Alexandre and Rodrigo Baggio (CDI)
CEACA staff; Alexandre and Rodrigo Baggio (CDI)

Hi CEACA followers!  My name is Josh Niederman.  I am a GlobalGiving representative who has been traveling throughout Brazil during the months of June, July, and August to visit GlobalGiving partners throughout the country:

I was impressed with CEACA as soon as I arrived at the community center. The center actually is comprised of two beautiful buildings in the heart of the Morro de Macacos neighborhood in Rio de Janeiro.  The center offers a number of IT and educational resources that translate into professional development, income generation and improved quality of life for the areas residents.

Although CEACA has been offering a myriad of cultural and educational programs for children and adults since the 1970s, I was particularly interested in its graphics design initiative.  Every staff person I met was formerly a student at CEACA.  Alexandre, a representative from CDI, the organization that provided computers and technological assistance to the center, led the visit.  He too is a professional who grew up in the community, moved up in the ranks at CEACA, became skilled in information technology, and is now an educator and role model for the young adults in the program today.  

According to Ana Marcondes, the organization's founder and president, this aspect underscores the mission of the center - to provide socio-economic development in the community through education.  Students learn how to produce t-shirts, banners, flyers, and many other materials for distribution throughout the city.  The graphics design center, enables interns to develop skills in graphics design, entrepreneurship, and business development that they will take with them long after they leave the center. 

Your continued support is essential to keep this great program running.  Additional funding will also enable CEACA to purchase its own graphics printer and dramatically lower its variable costs (CEACA currently sends out its designs to be printed elsewhere).  To learn more about this great program, check out the organization's website at http://www.ceaca.org.br

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