Paola is one of the girls that has been raised at Julio Otoni. She started with us when she was 7 and was one of the children featured in the Global \Giving video. Paola is now 14 and continues to be part of Julio Otoni. Though now in another role. She is now one of the instructors of activities for the small ones. She gives dance classes to the children and helps the other instructors. Paola is an example of a new generation of change agents that is emerging at Julio Otoni. Paola wants the Center to thrive and continue providing the same kind of vital space and care that she and others have received. The Julio Otoni Center now completes a decade. In 10 years we have maintained the activities for an average of 50 to 60 children providing them a home and care that their families might not have the time nor the resources to provide. The commitment of Paola is an example of giving back what she received. This gives us hope! Paola and the children of Julio Otoni are grateful to all of you have have given continuing resources.
In September 2014, Julio Otoni Community Center became part of a network of Community Digital Literacy Centers called Casa Rio Digital. They are sponsored by the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro that installed the computers in a room dedicated for classes available for children and adults. Courses have experienced instructors which are paid by the municipality. At Julio Otoni is one of the 32 communities in Rio that hosts one of the centers. In the first three months classes in microsoft office and other more popular applications took place. Courses take normally three months and are given everyday in the afternoons or mornings depending on the time children go to school.
Last December a group of 15 children got their first certificate. The graduation cerimony was attended by high authorities of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro in which children and parents participate.
During the period other classes continued to be given by volunteers. The community is very proud to be part of the map of Digital Inclusion Education in Rio de Janeiro.
Your support continues to be very important to maintain the house. We continue covering all the expenses, from cleaning, utilities now even higher due to the use of electricity loaded by the air conditioning which has to be permanently on. We also use the resources to pay Eliana and Karina which are community members and manage the house. So please continue to donate and maintain this project that for the last 8 years has helped marginalized children to become citizens!
Our best wishes for 2015!
For the last 10 years our commitment with Julio Otoni community has been active. Some hundred volunteers from all over the world have had the opportunity to participate, express their love and give their contribution to the improvement of the slum community and also for the children, which is our major focus.
For the last two months we have worked very hard to bring to the community an initiative of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro which main goal is to bring digital education to underserved communities. We succeed!!! This week, on September 23rd., a brandy new computer room furnished with 12 computers was inaugurated in our community center at Julio Otoni. There will be classes given by professionals for adolescents and adults, older than 12 years old. This means a big step in puting the Julio Otoni community in the map of local social policies.
Thanks to this initiative we could also renovate the house which is reformed, painted and looks very nice. The renewal of the spring. season, which started on September 23rd.. Such a joy to see our efforts flourishing. The 90 year old resident Maria Jesuina dos Santos was present at the inauguration. She was one of the first settlers at the favela in the 1950s. Two of her great grandchildren are enrolled at the programs we carry.She express her appreciation for the fact that the project has had a continuity over all these years...
Another person present was Sheila, which is a teacher of the community that helps children with their homework at the Julio Otoni community center. Sheila gave the testimony of her daughter that has learned photography at the center and is now a professional photographer.
So we were all very happy to see that after 8 years we are stronger, new partnerships and commitment of all... We take the opportunity to thank the help of all the people even the ones that believe in us from far away.
David Oswell, an English Teacher of The Scots College in Sidney, Australia, got to Brasil for the World Cup bringing in his luggage, ball, football shirt, shoes. They were donated by affluent children of his college to poor kids in Rio. Through Lela de Silva, a volunteer that was in the Center two years ago, David got in touch with the Community Center Julio Otoni and was able to give to the children this material.
David brought his friends and together they played football with the children. These are the hidden histories of this important international event. The linkage between the children of Julio Otoni and the kids of Scots College of Sidney. Australia was made and the idea is that every year they will share not only football shoes and shirts but also experiences and visions of the world.
The partnership will continue.
Two volunteers, Guna Sauline and Hernan Almiron have inicitiate a new class that focus on transforming healthy food in artistic shapes. The title of the class is Dynamic Art and the vision is to estimulate children to do artistic shapes with their bodies, with healthy food and with paintings.
Julio Otoni is like most low income communities in Rio de Janeiro. Children eat unhealty processed food flavored and colored artificially. The transition is not easy and requires creativity to capture children's attention and interest. Thanks to this project this is happening and children are eating healthier and also learning how to express themselves using their bodies and also painting. Recently in one of the classes they have painted their souls.
This class will last until the end of the year and is a good exemple of an activity that has a lot of potential to improve children's wellbeing. It could be expanded to more children if donnations can support it. They money is need to buy the material. It is a wonderful initiative that can help change unhealty food patterns, so critical to improve the current state of health of children at Julio Otoni and around the world.
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