The Community Center gets a much needed maintenance makeover
By Johanna Brb | Sinal do Vale Team
As many of you know, our community center has been operating in the Julio Otoni favela for 15 years. Much has happened since, including a special makeover with an artist who painted a mural in the courtyard with fantastic animals for the children to be inspired and immersed in play.
After many years of use in a heavily humid area, being in the hills of Rio de Janeiro, the center was much in need of maintenance work, not only restoring the mural, but reinforcing the structures and redoing some of the walls and doors.
Over the past month and a half, we hired a team that looked at the qualiy of the structure and made much needed reforms. We also included the children in the restoration of the mural!
Without your help, it would have been impossible for us to reform the space, which is critical for children and families to be safe. Thank you to our donors who help us contribute to nurturing our children's creative spirits, and please consider sharing with your friends!
School is out for winter break this week, so we are kickstarting our vacation program with a curriculum of English classes, arts and crafts and games for the children to have a recreational space while their families continue to work.
June is also the month of the Santo Antonio festivity "festa junina", a typical party that celebrates the end of harvest season. As every year, we will host our own community festa junina with typical games and foods! it is a great way for us to keep a relationship with the families of the children, and to maintain our community exchanging in healthy ways.
Over the year, we will also be hosting vaccination campaigns at the center and other health checkup events.
Thank you to our friends and donors for helping us keep the Community Center open!!
We are finishing another summer period full of activities for children including computer lab "camp", games and capoeira classes. As the school period started this week, we will kickstart our afterschool program again adding English class, tutoring and homework club.
Parallel to that, we continue to work as a public health center for the general Julio Otoni community. As the focal point for the municipality to deliver vaccines during the pandemic, we have gained legitimacy and trust with the community. This has allowed us to periodically roll out rounds of health checkups of blood pressure, sugar levels, eyesight and respiratory system for the vulnerable populations.
We want to sincerely thank our donors who continue to support us through all these years - we are working hard to maintain the Center as a driving force of healthy community development, and we couldn't do it without you!
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