Nourish bodies, minds, & dreams in Rio de Janeiro favelas during Covid-19 with local superhero Sebastian and Miratus! This project provides food, masks, & sanitizers to at-risk families of the favelas. Sebastian & his young badminton athletes delivered 72.5 tons of food to date to fill empty fridges, but the need is far greater. Along with food, Miratus will deliver children's books about Sebastian to nourish children's dreams, fight discrimination, & provide wholesome activities to kids.
The people of the favelas of Rio de Janeiro suffer from violence, poverty, and discrimination. The Covid-19 pandemic devastated the economy and activities in the favelas. Many homes lack both sufficient food for their health and quality educational activities for young people. These communities suffer from racial and class discrimination and need positive local role models, especially Afro-Brazilian role models. The goal is to deliver food, hope, dreams, and local role models to this population.
100% of your donations will provide life-saving baskets of food, masks, and hand sanitizer to families in need during COVID-19 and distribute a children's book featuring local superhero Sebastian while inspiring English literacy. As the situation evolves, your donations will support the return of these young athletes to badminton tournaments in Brazil and around the world. Participation in tournaments is critical to inspire the athletes, to boost their rankings, and to earn athlete stipends.
Sebastian Oliviera has a 20-year track record of service and local leadership in Chacrinha. Featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, in an award-winning documentary, and now a children's book, Sebastian is one of the region's superstar social activists. While the current pressing need is food, the long-term impact is the success of Sebastian's Miratus Badminton program that transforms the lives of young people and gives them an alternative to illicit activities prevalent in the favela.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
NY Times Article on Miratus Badminton Center
Georgia Tech VIP students support food security
About Rise Up & Care and Miratus
Children's book about Sebastian and badminton