Prevent Youth Involvement in Drug Trafficking

by CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation) Vetted since 2007 Top Ranked Effective Nonprofit Project of the Month Site Visit Verified


The project offers 50 young people alternative and enriching activities out of school hours to prevent their involvement with gang culture in the low income communities (favelas) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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Like most low income communities in Rio de Janeiro, Julio Otoni is heavily exposed to criminal gangs, drugs and guns. Due in part to the lack of alternatives in the community,it is not at all unusual for children as young as 12 to become involved with gang culture. The project engages these young people in activities such as Computing, English, Capoeira, Dance and Arts. The project is always in need to have funding to sponsor a child. Please sponsor a child monthly.


CEMINA has built a Center at the Julio Otoni community which has become a focal point of the community, it is equipped with computers and broadband access and offers a program of activities including Educational Support, IT, Capoeira, Dance and Arts.

Long-Term Impact

Allows 50 young people to receive education and participate in activities they would otherwise not have access to, providing them with a basis to develop their self-esteem and skills for the future and prevent their involvement with Drug Trafficking

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


Summer Holiday activities in 2017
Video of Holiday Activities 2010

Organization Information

CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation)

Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Thais Corral
General Coordinator
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil
$55,964 raised of $60,000 goal
756 donations
$4,036 to go
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