Theatre improves Health Inequities in Brazil

by Dreams Can Be Foundation


Shows are staged monthly for community outreach and to educate public about basic health and citizen rights, in a community plagued by lack of education, poverty, alcoholism and child prostitution.

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The project directly serves 120 families and their children from Pernambuco, Recife, in northeastern Brazil. This area has a high migration rate to other urban centers for jobs. It has high rates of murder among its youth, unemployment, domestic violence and alcoholism. Illiteracy rates are 40% in poor communities. There is child prostitution (children sell themselves for as little as $1 to eat) and malnutrition. The average family income is $130 in U.S. dollars.


Community education through "spectacular" shows put on by the project. With the help of other NGOs, themes include: conflict resolution, sex and health education, STDs, human rights, and drug prevention--all in the form of entertainment.

Long-Term Impact

Community gatherings in the square will educate its residents on existing social, health and educational possibilities. The shows will introduce them to solutions that will make a lasting impact on all aspects of the community's development.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Organization Information

Dreams Can Be Foundation

Location: Johnstown, PA - USA
Website: http:/​/​​
Fátima Pontes
Project Leader:
Fátima Pontes
General Coordinator
Recife, CE Brazil

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