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Empower residents of Rio's favelas through ICT



Rio is a city of stark contrasts, favela residents often overlook wealthy neighbourhoods yet suffer from a lack of basic infrastructure, such as sewers or waste disposal, high levels of violence & few decent opportunities. Through CDI's 33 centers in the city we train people in some of the most disadvantaged areas to use digital technologies to tackle the key issues facing their communities, empowering citizens with the technical know-how & confidence they need to make lasting transformations.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The communities we work with in Rio experience huge challenges, they often lack the services needed to create a clean, healthy and secure community, and lack decent educational and employment opportunities to break the cycle of poverty. While digital technologies have transformed our societies, despite the huge jump in access there is still a big divide in the use of these transformational tools between wealthier and poorer communities, which has been shown to reinforce existing inequalities.

How will this project solve this problem?

CDI teaches students to use digital technologies, from Word and Excel to social media and blogging, to identify, analyse and tackle issues facing their lives and communities. Social action projects address a wide range of issues, from the local environment to child abuse and exploitation. Students gain ICT skills and soft skills, such as teamwork and problem-solving, to help improve their confidence and gain more opportunities, while producing tangible benefits to their communities.

Potential Long Term Impact

In one year we will train over 4,000 students through our network of centres in Rio. Impact evaluations have shown that following our courses 78% of students improved their understanding of local community, 75% improved their reading and writing skills, 47% found a new job and 23% re-enrolled in formal education. We aim to create long-term changes by empowering active citizens with the skills and understanding they need to transform their own lives and communities.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $4,746
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $3,254
Total Funding Goal: $8,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Project Leader

Thiago Nascimento

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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