Prevent Youth Involvement in Drug Trafficking

Dec 20, 2010

Positive Results in 2010: Women of the Julio Otoni Community engage in Income Generation Project

The Community Center Julio Otoni renewed
The Community Center Julio Otoni renewed

End of the year it is time to make a balance.  Ours is positive. Why do we think it was positive?

  •  we have kept 50 children/adolescents in our programs;
  •  the project has engaged the mothers/ women of the community in a income generation project;
  • we have succeeded to keep our partnerships with Jingando, the company that sells shoes all over the world and donates one pound for each per of shoes sold.
  • our project has had visibility in Rio as we offer an alternative to the risk of children engaging in drug traffic.
  • the community of the favela feels very proud and shows ownership towards the project. 
  • we have  volunteers that offer their talents and services to the children.  You will be able to see in this video a music class where the children sing a song that was composed by the group themselves. It is possible to see their joy and engagement.   There are volunteers that do artcrafts, others do theater. In other words the project offers education through recreation which is engaging for children.
  • the great thing also was that in 2010, we could renovate the house that hosts the project.  It was painted, new furniture was acquired. Children painted the walls with drawings, the atmosphere invites to stay there.

The highlight of the year was the income generating project organized by women.  One of our main challenges is always to keep the basic infrastructure that allows us to maintain the house that hosts the project as well as the team of educators and animators that feed the educative process.

Our source of income are individual donations that are not constant therefore not reliable. There are months where it is possible to cover the total amount needed to maintain the 50 children at the center and we have even an excedent. There are months in which the money is not sufficient. In generally we have been able to cover all expenses since our inception in 2006.

This year of 2010, we envisioned new sources of income to sustain the house and the initiative with the children. This was done through supporting a group of women, some of them mothers of the children that are our beneficiaries. The idea was  to create an income generation project based on the confection of articrafts made of recycled material. The project called Mulheres de Santa  lasted the whole year and is occupying part of the house with hand made products and a second hand store where specially people from the community come to buy.  So far this income generating  project was able to provide 10% of the basic expenses of the house, as the women themselves also need to have revenue of their work.  We envision that this can grow in 2011. The goal is to make the activities that support children at the center increasingly sustainable. This may take some years  years, but this was the beginning.

As we are in Brazil it is not easy for us to exactly know what would you be willing to know about our project, so it would be wonderful if you check regularly our blog which is also done in English and let us know what else do you want to know about our project? 

Women doing artcrafts
Women doing artcrafts
Artcrafts products Julio Otoni
Artcrafts products Julio Otoni
Children Playing with Artcrafts
Children Playing with Artcrafts


Aug 17, 2010

Evaluating Impact and Response from the Community

Since 2006, a group of NGOs coordinated by CEMINA has been mobilizing resources to provide children (7-12) after school activities preventing them to wonder around and be exposed to the influence of gangs, drugs or other dangerous events that a big violent urban center like Rio de Janeiro offers. The children are gathered in a house named Centro Comunitario Julio Otoni, in two groups, morning and afternoon. They have classes of artcrafts, English, capoeira, informatics and support for school homework. Twice a year they have holliday camp and have activities for 15 days. Four years later the coordinating team has been working on evaluating the impact of the program and also in identifying what is the response that the community is willing to offer in exchange for the service provided. Up to the moment the support to the project has been 100% subsidized by donnations. In March of the current year we have initiated a training process with mothers and women from the community to enable them generating their own income, using the premises of the house, idenfitifying new products for sale and managing this process. We have also organized individual meetings with families to explore with them which kind of contribution they will be able to make. The contribution can be in kind or in cash. Our vision is that by the end of the year, starting 2011, a minimun of the current expenses to maintain the project will be generated by the community. Another level of evaluation is carried directly with the children directly involved in the project. We have been interviewing some of them to register their perception on how the project has impact their lives, especially the ones that are there since 2006, or the ones that started in 2006 and now have left. We want to register: What each of them is currently doing? How the activities and what they have learned at Julio Otoni has impacted the choices they have done? How they feel out of the community? Do they feel marginalized? How confident do they feel? These interviews will be posted at the project's blog soon. Project activities are posted weekly at the project's blog: Today the Julio Otoni project is a reference in Rio de Janeiro. There is a major interest in activities and best practices or labs that have been taking place in the favelas. Curbing urban violence continues to be a major challenge in Rio de Janeiro and every experience that contributes to a solution is reviewed and evaluated very carefully. Certainly Julio Otoni has been one and Global Giving and its donors have been contributing for that.


May 17, 2010

has created new opportunities for Julio Otoni

Julio Otoni project has a new blog that we encourage you to visit: The blog allows the sponsors and the community to interact with the activities that we post. In 2010, a major initiative of the center is a series of capacity building activies for the mothers of the children that are benefitted by the after school activities. Our vision is that if they can generate income they will be able to stay more at home close to their children and also to be more supportative of the activities of the center. Last April the favela faced a major challenge due to the heavy rain that has distroyed a lot of houses and infraestructure not only in Julio Otoni but all over Rio. News have gone around the world as around 1,000 people died. Fortunately in Julio Otoni nobody died but many lost their houses. The center has been helping the local population to negotiate with the municipality more stable urban solutions We believe that it would be essencial to take advantage of the opportunity to improve people's life. The work with the children continues to be our main focus. 57 people are served in the after school programs. Most of the present activities of the center are offered by volunteers. Videos and report are at the new Julio Otoni blog: ress


Sep 25, 2009

The Julio Otoni Project Update, August 2009

Please take a look at our latest project update to read all about the developments at the Julio Otoni Project over the last few months - Thank you all for your support which has allowed the project to continue!


Sep 25, 2009

Adopt a Child at Julio Otoni and Latest Updates from the Project

See the Project Update Document below for what's been happening over the last few months at the Julio Otoni Community.

Please Help! The project has launched an important new initiative "Adote uma Crianca /Adopt a Child" to try and cover the running costs of the project which are currently not being met. For each child participating in the project it costs R$70 per month. For this amount (approx US$31 / £23 per month) you can "Adopt a child" guaranteeing their participation in the project and offering them alternatives to getting involved in the drug and gang culture which is the norm.

There are currently 57 children in the project, 29 who have been adopted and 28 needing adoption.

Please see the site and project update below for more information.



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Project Leader

Thais Corral

General Coordinator
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil

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