Project #1810

Prevent Youth Involvement in Drug Trafficking

by CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation)
Jan 9, 2014

The Highlights of 2013 - Engaging with Children

discovering sounds and lyrics from Latin America
discovering sounds and lyrics from Latin America

The highlight of 2013 was an increasing involvement of volunteers, both foreigners and nationals.  Rio de Janeiro, which is the next two years will host two big sport events, World Cup ( 2014) and Olympics ( 2016) is attracting people from around of the world.  The city is peculiar. It is beautiful, has interesting touristic infrastructure and at the same time, is a sample of social disparities and lack of care for the abundant nature in which the city is embedded.  Responsible travel is a trend all over the world. People, especially young people, want to enjoy the city and at the same time contribute with something that adds value to the place they are visiting.   The Community Center Julio Otoni has embraced  these opportunities. Through the Hostel Casa 579, the project is able to receive volunteers and organize the contributions that they can offer for children and the community.

Volunteers were connected to Julio Otoni since its inception in 2005, this last year the program has received a new injection of enthusiasm and commitment.  Today the volunteer program has a director that coordinates the demand and the planning alocation of these human resources.  Believe it or not, it is quite challenging to find ways in which people can contribute despite  their country of origin and the language that they speak.

Three volunteers deserve our special attention. Rachel Marquez, from the US;  Niger Soares, from Rio de Janeiro and Natalia Mercado from Argentina. Together with many other volunteers they totally revitalized the center, engaging parents, creating new activities, organizing events, theater plays, outside promenades for the children. The result of this engagement was the final party of the year where children, parents, friends, foreigners and volunteers clearly showed in their faces the satisfaction for the real benefit created.

It is important to say that the project that host 50 children every single day runs on very little money. The main resource we have are people and their motivations to care for the children and improve the environments in which they live. 

The story of the year is the childrens choir that filled with light and charm  every single event, connecting all of us to beauty and to our hearts.  They learned music from the Andean region, they got used to the new rythms of Latin America helping them to understand that besides being Cariocas ( name given to people born in Rio) and Brazilians, they belong to a continent that is Latin America.

Our blog, and our facebook page/ juliootoni have photos and more highlights of this very simple and positive story. We end here manifesting our gratefulness to our donor and friends, many of them anonymous. They believe on the power of positive energy in making the world a better place for all of us. 

Enjoyng the Rythms with Drums
Enjoyng the Rythms with Drums
Visiting Exhibition in Favela Mare
Visiting Exhibition in Favela Mare



About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating or by subscribing to this project's RSS feed.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

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
$45,627 raised of $60,000 goal
568 donations
$14,373 to go
Donate Now
Donating through GlobalGiving is safe, secure, and easy with many payment options to choose from. Learn more.
Add Project to Favorites

Help raise money for this important cause by creating a personalized fundraising page for this project.

Start a Fundraiser

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence


Woman Holding a Gift Card
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter