While travling with my family in Brazil years ago, we were introduced to a very special school in Rocinha, which is the largest favela (slum) in Latin America. The school is called Project Favela; it is managed and operated by a team of international volunteers and has been in operation since 2009.
Project Favela has almost 60 children per day pass through their doors, and they offer drama, music, civics and a STEAM Academy (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) program free of charge. They also offer a girl empowerment program and adult English classes in the evenings.
Until now, Project Favela has never had to solicit help directly. On September 19th a fragile peace was broken by a cartel war. The school is riddled with bullet holes and the violence has turned the volunteer recruiting upside down and dried up their revenue streams.
In spite of the violence, Project Favela has not closed its doors. It is quite literally one of the only places the children have to feel safe. Donations will be used to keep the school operating through 2018 and enable Project Favela to offer a place that every child deserves: where they feel safe, can play, learn, grow and thrive.
Risks and challenges
The main challenge to keeping Project Favela operating is the ongoing violence in the region. While we cannot control that, our commitment to handling the operating costs of the school will give much needed relief to the volunteers working to keep it open.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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