In this favela, where whole families live on less than $75/month, youths turn to violence and the drug trade as the ‘best option’ available to improve their social and financial status. Since 2000 the ‘Grow & Live’ project has been promoting alternatives in these marginalized communities and has now introduced this unique financial scholarship program which realistically enables participants to give a long term commitment to their learning and eventually go on to find alternative employment.
A balance of practical and interpersonal training is provided: circus skills, theatre, music, dance, communication and professionalism. Once trained, performances are carried out for businesses, parties and the public to generate much-needed income.
Provides a respectable, sustainable income outside of trafficking for these youths & their families, whilst increasing their self esteem. In turn these youths then become an example and spread a wider message through their actions and performances