Since 2006, a group of NGOs coordinated by CEMINA has been mobilizing resources to provide children (7-12) after school activities preventing them to wonder around and be exposed to the influence of gangs, drugs or other dangerous events that a big violent urban center like Rio de Janeiro offers.
The children are gathered in a house named Centro Comunitario Julio Otoni, in two groups, morning and afternoon. They have classes of artcrafts, English, capoeira, informatics and support for school homework.
Twice a year they have holliday camp and have activities for 15 days.
Four years later the coordinating team has been working on evaluating the impact of the program and also in identifying what is the response that the community is willing to offer in exchange for the service provided. Up to the moment the support to the project has been 100% subsidized by donnations. In March of the current year we have initiated a training process with mothers and women from the community to enable them generating their own income, using the premises of the house, idenfitifying new products for sale and managing this process. We have also organized individual meetings with families to explore with them which kind of contribution they will be able to make. The contribution can be in kind or in cash. Our vision is that by the end of the year, starting 2011, a minimun of the current expenses to maintain the project will be generated by the community.
Another level of evaluation is carried directly with the children directly involved in the project. We have been interviewing some of them to register their perception on how the project has impact their lives, especially the ones that are there since 2006, or the ones that started in 2006 and now have left. We want to register: What each of them is currently doing?
How the activities and what they have learned at Julio Otoni has impacted the choices they have done? How they feel out of the community? Do they feel marginalized? How confident do they feel?
These interviews will be posted at the project's blog soon.
Project activities are posted weekly at the project's blog: www.juliootoni.wordpress.com. Today the Julio Otoni project is a reference in Rio de Janeiro. There is a major interest in activities and best practices or labs that have been taking place in the favelas. Curbing urban violence continues to be a major challenge in Rio de Janeiro and every experience that contributes to a solution is reviewed and evaluated very carefully. Certainly Julio Otoni has been one and Global Giving and its donors have been contributing for that.
Julio Otoni project has a new blog that we encourage you to visit: www.juliootoni.wordpress.com. The blog allows the sponsors and the community to interact with the activities that we post.
In 2010, a major initiative of the center is a series of capacity building activies for the mothers of the children that are benefitted by the after school activities. Our vision is that if they can generate income they will be able to stay more at home close to their children and also to be more supportative of the activities of the center.
Last April the favela faced a major challenge due to the heavy rain that has distroyed a lot of houses and infraestructure not only in Julio Otoni but all over Rio. News have gone around the world as around 1,000 people died. Fortunately in Julio Otoni nobody died but many lost their houses. The center has been helping the local population to negotiate with the municipality more stable urban solutions
We believe that it would be essencial to take advantage of the opportunity to improve people's life.
The work with the children continues to be our main focus. 57 people are served in the after school programs. Most of the present activities of the center are offered by volunteers.
Videos and report are at the new Julio Otoni blog: www.work ress
See the Project Update Document below for what's been happening over the last few months at the Julio Otoni Community.
The project has launched an important new initiative "Adote uma Crianca /Adopt a Child" to try and cover the running costs of the project which are currently not being met. For each child participating in the project it costs R$70 per month. For this amount (approx US$31 / £23 per month) you can "Adopt a child" guaranteeing their participation in the project and offering them alternatives to getting involved in the drug and gang culture which is the norm.
There are currently 57 children in the project, 29 who have been adopted and 28 needing adoption.
Please see the site and project update below for more information.
Please take a look at our latest project update to read all about the developments at the Julio Otoni Project over the last few months - Thank you all for your support which has allowed the project to continue!
We are pleased to say we have a new way you can interact with the Julio Otoni project via The Julio Otoni Group on the Social Networking site Facebook. Join the group and tell all your colleagues and friends! We will be posting news, photos, videos and more to the group so join now to stay updated with what's happening in Julio Otoni.
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