Education
 Brazil
Project #1810

Prevent Youth Involvement in Drug Trafficking

by CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation)
Children and the Green Corner
Children and the Green Corner

We associate favelas with Garbage, the way houses are built and the configuration of slopes make garbage difficult to collect. Garbage, especially organic left overs of food and other contaminated trash, offer a great risk, especially because they can spread deseases like dengue fever and Zika virus. At Julio Otoni Community Center we teach children garbage recycling with the hope that they can bring it to their homes and other corners of the community.

Last month we created the Green Corner, "Cantinho Verde" at the Center.  As the name says it is a special space for children to compost all the organic left overs of the center and then cultivate vegetables that then we can use.

Several educational aspects are integrated: environmental  education ( by eliminating garbage from the public space), desease prevention ( children learn to be responsible for their own garbage and the problems that it can cause once thrown away);  producing food ( they learn that is it possible and easy to have a small garden at home). 

It is like a  seed planted that we hope will disseminate at the Favela. Food is very expensive in Brasil. At the favela, we  have been victims of Zika Virus and other deseases connected to the environment.

Here is the link with photos of the project: https://sway.com/3baXGEyF5mDXYB5K

There is not necessary to much space for a garden
There is not necessary to much space for a garden

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Youth chosen to run torch
Youth chosen to run torch

July was an exciting month for the community center due to the coming of the Olympics to Rio. Sports fever has hit!

Specifically, the children are participating in the British Council's Premeir Skills program, which seeks to empower young people between the ages of 10-18 to improve their communities through soccer and citizenship classes. Over 200 boys and girls participate in the program and are trained to be leaders in the community. What is very special about the program in Rio is that both police officers and local favela youth play on teams together as an effort to reduce tension and conflict between the groups. Both the officers and the youth begin to see one another as friends rather than enemies. Beyond soccer, the young people involved in the program also work to improve trash and recycling systems and revitalize degraded areas in the community. They learn how to be more engaged citizens - both through sports and through the citizenship classes.

On July 30, the community celebrated the wonderful acheivement of 62 days with no gang violence. The community came together to acknowledge the peace and the impact of the program on the young people. It has provided real alternatives to drugs and gangs and the community can see it. Moreover, one of the young men from the area was chosen to run with the Olympic torch due to his athletic accomplishments in sports. The entire community was extremely proud and honored him with a ceremony, as shown in the attached photos. 

Celebrating
Celebrating
62 days with no violence
62 days with no violence
Training footbal
Training footbal

In 2016 we celebrate our tenth anniversary. Children at Community Julio Otoni love their Center.  For most of them is it a sort of refuge, a safe space where they can play, they are loved and respected.  Child abuse in Favelas is a very common problem, a quick google search can  show the many dimensions in which it occurs. " At Julio Otoni Center we feel safe. We can play. We feel also free to express ourselves without fear of being bitten or abused", says Mateus, a 9 year child that has been attending Julio Otoni Center since he was 6.  

One of the innovations and good practices of the initiative carried at the Julio Otoni Center  is that it  is maintained by a combination of volunteers from outside the Favela and  women that live in the Favela. They  care for the future of children that in many cases would be  left alone at home if the Center did not exist to host them.  Eliana, for example, has served at Julio Otoni Center for the last 9 years. One of her grand children attends the Center activities and she feels proud of being able to contribute to the wellbeing of so many children at the Favela: "I feel that our  contribution apparently small make a big different in the lives of the children and their families. Here they eat well, they play and they are exposed to good education tools". 

Children at Julio Otoni have computer classes, football, English and after school support for the disciplines in which they do not do well. They have also art classes which have helped them to participate in international projects such as constellationart, which gathers art projects from all over the world. It is an on going thread of positive contributions and transformations that the maintenance of a simple house allows.!  Gratitude for all that have contributed for the initiative to continue over the last ten years. May it continue. May we continue to benefit the children and families of Julio Otoni Community! 

Meeting the parents
Meeting the parents
More football our preferred sport
More football our preferred sport

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Title of the report: Happy Ending for 2015 at Julio Otoni
The spirit of a community can be present at certain favelas in Rio.  At Julio Otoni this has been one of the goals over the years of the Julio Otoni Community Center which many donors have supported through Global Giving.  The focus of the project are the 50 children which  we engage  in our after school programs but often we also create opportunities to benefit many more children and members of the community.
On December 18th we organized a Christmas party for the whole  Julio Otoni Favela. Children which attended the permanent programs at Julio Otoni helped creating the activities for the event.  There were games, food, gifts offered to the other members of the community. Indeed a healthy and auspicious atmosphere in the spirit of the culture our center  wants to propagate in every member of the community: be responsible for its own change.





































































































Thais CorrCoordenadora REDEH - CEMINA
Rua Alvaro Alvim, 21/16 andarcr
Rio de Janeiro - 20031-010
Brasil
cel: +5521-81112108
voip: +5521-34353383
skype: thaiscorral


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Thais Corral
Coordenadora REDEH - CEMINA
Rua Alvaro Alvim, 21/16 andar
Rio de Janeiro - 20031-010
Brasil
cel: +5521-81112108
voip: +5521-35218608
skype: thaiscorral


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Thais Corral
Coordenadora REDEH - CEMINA
Rua Alvaro Alvim, 21/16 andar
Rio de Janeiro - 20031-010
Brasil
cel: +5521-81112108
voip: +5521-35218608
skype: thaiscorral
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The spirit of a community can be present at certain favelas in Rio.  At Julio Otoni this has been one of the goals over the years of the Julio Otoni Community Center which many donors have supported through Global Giving.  The focus of the project has been to contribute to the development of  50 children which  we engage  in our after school programs but often we also create opportunities to benefit many more children and members of the community.
On December 18th we organized a Christmas party for the whole  Julio Otoni Favela. Children which attended the permanent programs at Julio Otoni helped creating the activities for the event.  There were games, food, gifts offered to the other members of the community. Indeed a healthy and auspicious atmosphere in the spirit of the culture our center  wants to propagate in every member of the community: be responsible for its own change.
In 2016 we will celebrate our tenth anniversary.  In these ten years the community center has become a reference point of positive transformation for the community.  We count that your support will continue. 
 

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

Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​www.sinaldovale.org
Project Leader:
Thais Corral
General Coordinator
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil
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