Project #1548

A Lifeline for a Severely Disadvantaged Community

by Dreams Can Be Foundation

Update for Global Giving project “A Lifeline for a Severely Disadvantaged Community” proj # 1548 translated by Dreams Can Be Foundation interns.

We would like to note that we are extremely proud of this project and their wonderful achievements!

1. In what way did your project improve in the last year? Recent Developments: a) Construction of the Instituto Ecocidadania Juriti center, b) Enlargement of the mobile experience of the Expresso Digital (Digital Express – access to information technology), c) Circo Escola de Ecocidadania (Ecology and Citizenship Circus School) was recognized as a national ‘Ponto de Cultura’ (National Point of Cultural Reference) by Brazil’s Minister of Culture, d) Realization of partnerships with the Ceará State Government through SECULT – Secretaria do Estado e da Cultura (State and Culture Secretariat) and STDS – Secretaria do Trabalho e Desenvolvimento Social (Work and Social Development Secretariat), e) The constant support from Dreams Can Be Foundation and the opportunity to be inserted in the Global Giving website; f) Increasing of the professionals board, the joining of 20 volunteers, institutional partnerships in the municipal, state, and federal areas g) And after March 2008, we will begin working on weekends with the support of Projeto Criança Esperança / UNESCO / Rede Globo 2. Was it possible to help more people than before? a) Yes. In the present moment we were able to increase the number of young people helped, to acquire more equipment and we are offering free access to internet to 24 neighborhoods from Juazeiro do Norte through the Expresso Digital (Digital Express). 3. Did your organization receive any prize or award, or has it been recognized in any way by its work? YES-

a) We were a finalist on the Prêmio Cultura Viva (Prize Alive Culture) {for the use of Best Practices, Created by the Brazilian Ministry of Culture and with cooperation of the CENPEC (Center of Studies and Research in Education, Culture and Communitarian Action), the Prize Alive Culture favors the knowledge, the mapping and the dissemination of the cultural diversity of the country. Beyond the recognition of Best Practices, the winners also endow the country with modern and democratic instruments in cultural politics. Projects are entered in a data base with systemic information, including a wealth of methodologies, resources, solutions and an unknown panorama of the Brazilian cultural cartography. A legacy that future editions of the prize will be able to bring up to date and to extend. b) Prize SECULT of Stimulaton of Circus 2007, c) Chosen for the Banco do Nordeste - BNB of Culture 2007experiênces, d) Circo Escola project in EcoCitizenship has been chosen as one of Brasil’s ‘Ponto de Cultura’ (on the map of important cultural points in Brazil) by the Minister or Culture. e) Our project – ‘Projeto Integrado de Liberdade Assistida’ (Project Integrating Children in trouble with the Law- keeps them out of jail and gets them into social projects where they excel) was chosen for support by the HSBC bank funding of HSBC Solidariedade. f) Receieved the proclamation of the Secretariat of Work and Social Development

4. Is there any specific need that you would like to include on the Global Giving website? Yes. We still need to raise the money for the roof of the new headquarters. We have built the entire structure except for the roof. This need is an emergency, because we are in the rainy season and this may compromise the built structure.

5. Do you have any stories of success or has your project appeared in the media or do you have current videos of your work?

Yes, through autonomous medias, TV Verde Vale (Local Channel) and radio interviews.

a) – Youth from the project travel to see Cirque du soleil (great video) b) – WORKSHOP PART 1 - Images of a weeklong workshop teaching the youth to be social educators- they are creating their Wiki, learning on the trampoline, learning video production, and holding workshops on citizenship & Public Policy c) - WORKSHOP_ PART 2 d) – Television news report on on the new headquarters under construction e) – Opening new space for the Atelier Solidario (Solidarity Studio) where they learn crafts and artesan skills and marketing and sell their products in the market f) – Television news report about project computers making art. g) – TV News report about the Trampoline Workshop h) – Construction of the Juriti School of Eco-Citizenship (set to specially made Rap song) i) – Testimonial about Juriti j) – 2nd Testimonial about Juriti k) – Recycling paper

6. Please include any additional information about your project that can be interesting or important for the visitors of “Global Giving”.

‘We are building the first social circus center in Brasil in a circus shape, it is the second one in the world.’

7. If your project received any donation from “Global Giving”, through Dreams Can Be, could you give us some examples of how this money helped the project?

Those resources helped to build a beauty parlor for the families that make up the project with youth in situations of involvement with the penal system. Their mothers who were often teenage mothers and battered wives learn skills that they can use to support their family and the project includes the children and their mothers. Also, the Global Giving community helped us with the opening of a store in a tourist area near the project that allows the project Atelier Solidário (Solidarity Studio) to sell their crafts to tourists. The store is called: ‘Colina do Horto’ and has as the slogan: Take memories from Juazeiro do Norte and leave citizenship.


Instituto Ecocidadania Juriti Center
Instituto Ecocidadania Juriti Center

The Project Juriti has accomplished and begun many strong developments in 2007 and the beginning of 2008. They are currently in the middle of constructing the ²Instituto Ecocidadania Juriti Center² which has nearly been completed. The building is however currently without a proper covering. This is now becoming a problem considering that they are in the middle of the rainy season and the structure of the building is continually being compromised.

Other improvements this year include the enlargement of the Expresso Digital,(Digital Express) which offers access to information technology, and the Circo Escola de Ecocidadania (Ecology and Citizenship Circus School). They also have recently realized partnerships with the Ceará State Government through SECULT, Secretaria do Estado e da Cultura (State and Culture Secretariat) and STDS, and the Secretaria do Trabalho e Desenvolvimento Social (Work and Social Development Secretariat). They have increased their professionals board and have also been joined by around 20 new volunteers. After March 2008, they will be able to start working on weekends with the support of Projeto Criança Esperança / UNESCO / Rede Globo.

They have currently increased the amount of youth that they are able to reach out and offer support to. With the enlargement of the Expresso Digital they are now able to offer free internet access to 24 neighborhoods from Juazeiro do Norte.

Recently Juriti was recognized as a finalist for the Prêmio Cultura Viva (Live Culture Award), Prêmio SECULT de Estímulo ao Circo 2007 (SECULT Prize for Stimulation of Circus 2007), and the Prêmio BNB de Cultura 2007 (BNB Prize for Culture 2007). The project was also recognized as Ponto de Cultura do Ministério da Cultura (Cultural Center of the Ministry of Culture).

The recent funds received from Global Giving have used in the development of a beauty parlor within the community designated for the families of marginalized teenagers. Other funds where used in the contruction of a store in Colina do Horto which is being used to develop funds and promote citizenship.



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Dreams Can Be Foundation

Location: Johnstown, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Project Leader:
Christine Clauser
Director of Development - Dreams Can Be Foundation
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil

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