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