Fight for Peace Sports & Education Centre in Brazilian Favela provides real alternatives to violence, crime and the drug trade to youth through sports, education and access to the formal job market.
In Rio de Janeiro, gun-related incidents are the primary cause of death for young people. In the favelas, children as young as 10 are employed as armed soldiers, lookouts, drug sellers and carriers between warring drug factions. Through sport and education the successful Fight for Peace Program now helps 40 young people tackle the problems they face daily living in a community where crime and armed drug faction employment are often the only real alternatives to a life of poverty and exclusion.
Build a new sports centre in the community on donated land to serve 110 more children in a safer space. The building will include a gym, weight room, training rooms, an equipped classroom for students and a computer room with 10 donated computers.
Sport as a lifestyle, a culture of peace, education for a future and access to the work market for more youth. Monthly sporting events and paid gym memberships offered to community will provide partial financial self-sufficiency to the program.
This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).
Fight for Peace News on Dreams website
Children in Organized Armed Violence (COAV)