Project #9374

Train 360 youths for the workplace in Sao Paulo

by Associacao Danyann - Aprender e Evoluir

Six months after we have re-organized, we may say that our results are very good!

As you all know, Brazil is going through a serious economic, political and moral crisis. Unemployment is running at high levels and more that 13 million people are jobless.

In these circumstances, our association has been a haven for a few but very committed youths.  

At the end of June we delivered the DIPLOMAS to the first group that graduated in our new location and with a renewed teaching team. Needless to say how gratifying it was to see how happy all these young people were to have accomplished their course. Let´s wish them luck in their search for a job. We will keep you posted.

We believe we have built a solid foundation that will allow us to progressively expand and prepare more youths for the marketplace.

However, to do this, we need more funding. As usual, we are taking action to obtain more funds with specific fundraising initiatives, but because we are going through such a tough crisis, our fundraisers have not been as successful as in the past. Therefore, WE NEED MORE HELP FROM OUR GlobalGiving DONORS.

We also wanted to let you know that thanks to a couple of donors, we were able to build a library with 250 books already. This will be another source of entertainment and inspiration to our youths.

Thank you so much for you continued support.

It is gratifying to see that your efforts are giving such good results!



On June 15th, will be holding a Bonus Day with $110,000 available in matching funds. There will also be two $1,000 Bonus Prizes that will be awarded to the projects with the highest number of donors and the most funds raised on Bonus Day.

Because we are a "SUPERSTAR" in the GlobalGiving Reward Status, we will be eligible to receive a 50% match on online donations made between 9:00:01am EDT and 23:59:59pm EDT on June 15th.

This comes in at a very good time for us because we have made major changes to our organization and we need funds to further expand our program to give training to more youths.

As a reminder, due to the difficulties we were facing in the previous neighborhood - especially burglaries – we´ve decided to move to a safer location.

We are now fully installed and classes have resumed. We have gained a lot of notoriety in the neighborhood and there is increased demand for more registrations. We have added English classes to our program. Classes will start next week. And, by the way, we would like to thank CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS for donating the equivalent of US$ 1,100.00 in teaching books for our English course.

Small gestures sometimes give us great joys. Sandy (22), one of our youths one day came with a homemade cake to thank us. These were her words:

“I am so happy and I want to thank you. This course gives me hope. I thought 2016 would finish with no future in sight. But with ADAE ( Associação Danyann) everything has changed. I now see a future. Thank you so much”.

Our plan is still to expand from 23 to 50 pupils per 3 months cycle. We need your help!

Thank you again for what you have done so far. We would not be here without you.

Kind regards,   




We have good reasons to be happy!

We are fully installed in our new premises.

We were finally able to start our courses on April 11th, a week behind the planned schedule. But given the complexity of the whole process, this was quite an achievement (find a new house, sign a new rental contract, find a grantor, obtain all the authorizations and licenses, do the move, install all the equipment such as furniture, computers, hire new personnel etc.).

We are teaching Administrative Assistant, HR Assistant and Computing. English classes will start in the coming weeks.

Because we have started from scratch, classes are smaller. We have currently 23 pupils per 3 month cycle and this number will grow to 50 as we move along.

The young man seen on the picture is Thaian. Thaian is 20 years old. He and his family arrived recently in São Paulo from Fortaleza, a town in the Northeast of Brazil. They currently live in a room that was lent to them in a poor neighborhood next to the Association. His mother is desperate to give him a future. As soon as she learned about the Association, she took Thaian to apply for a course. Both were interviewed and Thaian was one of the first students to be accepted. Thaian is taking Administrative Assistant classes. Both of them are so excited about this opportunity!

Let´s wish him good luck and success in his effort! 

We are very thankful to you for providing us financial support and assistance. This initiative would not be possible without your help. 

Thank you all so much. Very soon we will be telling you success stories involving our youths.  

Thanks again!




On April 4th we are resuming our activities in a new location. We took advantage of the summer break to move to a new facility in order not to disrupt the school year.

Why did we move?

Well, if you remember, last year we reported that we had two burglaries. In addition to all the hassle, the burglaries had a cost and we never felt comfortable again in the old location. That neighborhood has its problems and we are not big or strong enough to face them.

We have therefore moved to the West of São Paulo, in a poor but safer place. 

Everything is ready to start our classes in April: new manager, new secretary, new teachers and the classrooms are furnished and equipped.  A fresh start! A lot of work and we are so happy we did it!

We are very excited because the Association is already attracting youths that are eager to learn.

For a start, the following classes will be ministered:

- Administrative Assistant

- Computing Basics

- HR Assistant

Later we will add cooking and silk screen (which we had in the past).

We will tell you more as soon as we have reached our cruising speed.

Thank you all again for your support. Thanks to you we were able to take this important step.


Dear donors, 

Just a quick work to say THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU !!

You have been so generous and so faithful !

2015 could have been better. We had a couple of bad events (two burglaries) and we did not do as much as 2014. 

Very soon we will inform you on our plans for 2016. We need new premises and we are going to revisit some of our courses. Thanks to your generous donations, we will be able to implement new teaching and follow-up tools. 

We were so happy to learn recently that one of our youths is on his way to become a lawyer. Of course this is a rare exception, but this is evidence that the more (and the better) we train our youths, the higher will be the chances that they find a decent way of living. 

Thank you all so much and have a very Happy Holiday Season.


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Associacao Danyann - Aprender e Evoluir

Location: Sao Paulo - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​​aprender.evoluir
Project Leader:
Maria Dalla Bona
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil

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