Project #1810

Prevent Youth Involvement in Drug Trafficking

by CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation)
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. 
children at julio otoni
children at julio otoni

The story of   football players born in Favelas  that have become famous represents a very strong symbol of social mobility in Brasil. Every poor kid leaving in a favela pursue this dream. This means that visiting a favela in every space possible you will find children playing.

At Julio Otoni Community Center we always search for partnerships that can provide sports for children. For many years we had capoeira and that was very popular. This years, through a partnership with the British Council, we have football. With the presence of a coach kids learn discipline, cooperation and responsibilities. They learn also to allow girls in equal conditions with the boys. 

British Counciul, which is popular for the teaching of English in Brasil, and accross the world, is also providing English classes which kids assist with interest considering that they want to travel abroad, especially to meet their friends, young foreigners that have worked as volunteers at Julio Otoni.  Through these two activities it is possible to teach people so many other things which are critical to their lives. 

Paola and a painting created by the children
Paola and a painting created by the children

Paola is one of the girls that has been raised at Julio Otoni. She started with us when she was 7 and was one of the children featured in the Global \Giving video. Paola is now 14 and continues to be part of Julio Otoni. Though now in another role. She is now one of the instructors of activities for the small ones. She gives dance classes to the children and helps the other instructors.  Paola is an example of a new generation of change agents that is emerging at Julio Otoni.  Paola wants the  Center to thrive and  continue providing the same kind of  vital space and care that she and others have  received.  The Julio Otoni Center now completes a decade. In 10 years we have maintained the activities for an average of 50 to 60 children providing them a home and care that their families might not have the time nor the resources to provide. The commitment of Paola is an example of giving back what she  received.  This gives us hope! Paola and the children of Julio Otoni are grateful to all of you have have given continuing resources.

Paola with her group.
Paola with her group.
Graduation of the first group on Digital Inclusion
Graduation of the first group on Digital Inclusion

In September 2014, Julio Otoni Community Center became part of a network of Community Digital Literacy Centers called Casa Rio Digital. They are sponsored by the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro that installed the computers in a room dedicated for classes available for  children and adults. Courses have experienced instructors which are paid by the municipality. At  Julio Otoni is one of the 32 communities in Rio that hosts one of the centers.  In the first three months classes in microsoft office and other more popular applications took place.  Courses take normally three months and  are given everyday in the afternoons or mornings depending on the time children go to school.

Last December a group of 15 children got their first certificate. The graduation cerimony was  attended by high authorities of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro in which  children and parents participate.

During the period other classes continued to be given by volunteers.  The community is very proud to be part of the map of Digital Inclusion Education in Rio de Janeiro.

Your support continues to be very important to maintain the house. We continue covering all the expenses, from cleaning, utilities now even higher due to the use of electricity loaded by the air conditioning which has to be permanently on.  We also use the resources to pay Eliana and Karina which are community members and manage the house. So please continue to donate and maintain this project that for the last 8 years has helped marginalized children to become citizens! 

Our best wishes for 2015!

Centro Julio Otoni hosts Project Casa Rio Digital
Centro Julio Otoni hosts Project Casa Rio Digital

For the last 10 years our commitment with Julio Otoni community has been active.  Some hundred volunteers from all over the world have had the opportunity to participate, express their love and give their contribution to the improvement of the slum community and also for the children, which is our major focus.

For the last two months we have worked very hard to bring to the community an initiative of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro which main goal is to bring digital education to underserved communities.  We succeed!!! This week, on September 23rd., a brandy new computer room furnished with 12 computers was inaugurated  in our community center at Julio Otoni.  There will be classes given by professionals for adolescents and adults, older than 12 years old. This means a big step in puting the Julio Otoni community in the map of local social policies.

Thanks to this initiative we could also renovate the house which is reformed, painted and looks very nice. The renewal of the spring. season, which started on September 23rd.. Such a joy to see our efforts flourishing.  The 90 year old resident Maria Jesuina dos Santos was present at the inauguration. She was one of the first settlers at the favela in the 1950s. Two of her great grandchildren are enrolled at the programs we carry.She express her appreciation for the fact that the project has had a continuity over all these years...

Another person present was Sheila, which is a teacher of the community that helps children with their homework at the Julio Otoni community center. Sheila gave the testimony of her daughter that has learned photography at the center and is now a professional photographer.

So we were all very happy to see that after 8 years we are stronger, new partnerships and commitment of all... We take the opportunity to thank the help of all the people even the ones that believe in us from far away.

Several Generations of Residents of the Community
Several Generations of Residents of the Community



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

Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Thais Corral
General Coordinator
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil
$49,876 raised of $60,000 goal
624 donations
$10,124 to go
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