Arca believes that education is the path to a better future. 14 years ago, Aldair and Ana Beatriz, 2 children from Favela Vila Prudente, Sao Paulo, joined Arca socio-educational center. During 8 years, they benefited from meals, activities as well as psychological support. Nowadays, they are pursuing higher education. In 2022, Arca wants to fund free, quality courses for 100 additional students, getting them back on the learning path, giving access to hybrid classes and bridging educational gap.
Covid-19 pandemic has struck our Vila Prudente favela's community very hard, endangering the education and the future of the children and the youths. Public schools have been closed for months, children are suffering from food scarcity, school dropout, domestic abuse. The rate of unemployment among the youths has rocketed. Arca has over 100 children and youths on its waiting list and it becomes critical to expand its capacities and offer free educational and vocational services in the favela.
By expanding its welcoming capacity Arca want to address the growing demand from children and young adults of the favela to be offered a safe and healthy educational environment. Children will benefit from 2 meals and daily activities, youth will access computers in order to follow online classes, prepare job applications and receive the relevant trainings and psychological support. Arca will help the children and the youths to regain confidence and catch up with the education gap.
Since 2001, Arca contributes to building a better future for children and youths growing in Vila Prudente's favela. Educational and vocational programs led by Arca reinforce the community's cohesion and allow its children to unlock their potential through artistic, sportive and linguistic activities. Professional training and psychological support give young adults the tools to access the labour market with increased self-esteem and a sense of their own value.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).