Project #2363

Community Development Through IT Training In Rio

by Center for Digital Inclusion
Wellington Ribeiro
Wellington Ribeiro

My name is Wellington Ribeiro, 25 years, and I am the father of a beautiful boy who is also called Wellington, now 4 years old.
I'm born and raised in the community of Monkey Hill, where I learned many things.
When I was 2 years, my mother put me in the nursery of Dona Anna, which was still in the Residents' Association. I went through a lot in my life. At 6 years old, I had to have surgery for appendicitis; thank God everything went well and not anything more serious happened. I grew up watching the activities of the ECAC, taking courses in carpentry, design, etc. school of futsal. When I moved away after 15 years of the ECAC to take the course at Camp Vila Isabel, which was prepared and sent to the labor market, I got my first job as office boy and after one year spent my time working in the personnel department of the company When I turned 18 years, I left to serve in the army, which was a childhood dream and was a unique opportunity. Served for 1 year and 2 months. After six months without an occupation, the ECAC came into my life again with the help of my sister who was then secretary of the institution. That was when Miss Anna gave me the opportunity to start a new life in training in information technology, learning to do maintenance on computers and always learning new things, winning a purse of only $ 60.00. But what was most valuable was the knowledge that I acquired. After two months spent working with children in the seat of the ECAC, at the same time I discovered I would be a father; I was a little nervous because I still was not able to raise a child and my happiness was to be named for educator Computer Children's Cultural Center where I began formal work with it was more quiet and safe to give a healthy life for my son, who was born in May 2007. From then on I was doing more courses by the ECAC and always append and acquiring new knowledge in informatics.
Today I am still at the Cultural Center of the Child computer acting as educator, I also work at the headquarters of the ECAC area computer maintenance, project manager of HP and also starring in Life ECAC Digit @ l
Our goal in ECAC Digit @ l is the implementation of a mini graphic to enlarge the core service. Thus increasing the income of the community and open new opportunities for professional growth for young people like me.
I thank the ECAC and Mrs. Anna for all I know today and the opportunity they gave me, without the ECAC do not know what my life could be today, because everything I learned here was to learn outside the community would have to pay dearly Especially in the IT area.
I am very happy today to be part of the team's ECAC Village and be a reference for children and adolescents in the community.


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
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. 


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

My story 

My name is Hevelline and am 25 years old. The CEACa VILA became part of my life when my mother worked in the Nursery Happy Duckling, who like many of the mothers of the community of Monkey Hill, did not leave their children. I was a student and I began to attend daycare when I was two months old. That is very small. Once I was at the age of going to school, I came out of the nursery able to read and write my name. CEACA had for children and young people what they already did in school, but also had poultry, cultural tours and camp that I attended for several years. Already I have completed thirteen courses that were very important to me as I learned to scrap what we can do several things with the simple act of making the recycling of waste for example, Silk Screen, Tapestry and Informatics. When I was seventeen, I returned to CAECA for Ducklings Nursery happy, and there was my first professional job when I actually did a full course of informatics of 1 year and 6 months. I graduated Junior Technical Computing, this time I studied in the morning. I was a senior in high school and worked as an intern in the afternoon and night was day care informatics course in another neighborhood. I no longer lived in the community. I found another opportunity when it came to college through an agreement with the CAECA college scholarship. I had the opportunity to do it because I had this desire, but if it were not for this opportunity I might not have done it. Today I am very happy and fulfilled, for I am a person who CAECA VILA made a difference and changed the course of my life story. I think this, that no matter if my victory is triumphant in the future, the most important thing is to dedicate myself and do the best here and now, because the world gives way to who know where they want to go. I am very proud to say that I am a Computer Educator of the CAECA VILA. 
Hevelline Cristina Alves Brito. 



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Center for Digital Inclusion

Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​
Center for Digital Inclusion
Project Leader:
Luisa Gockel
London, Greater London United Kingdom

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