Favelas, or shantytowns, cover steep hillsides on both sides of Rio, one of the most beautiful city in Brazil. Located in the one of the poorest favela’s is a community-run center where children and youth are provided with a safe and loving atmosphere, cultural and educational activities, nutritious meals and health care. This center is run by a group of local women who are working to improve the quality of life in the favela and keep children off the streets where there is strong pressure to join gangs involved in drug trafficking.
Your donations of over $10,000 over several years have supported the daily operations of the centre and helped provide the children with a safe and caring environment to learn and grow.
With an estimated population of one million residents, life in the favelas is not easy. With no roads, no sewers, limited access to water and electricity and a social order that is imposed by drug lords, children have little hope of pulling themselves of out poverty.
Referred to as the “cidade maravilhosa” (Marvelous City), few cities boast such a dramatic setting as Rio de Janeiro. Its vibrant culture, white sand beaches, deep blue water and steep mountains all combine to give Rio one of the most stunning cityscapes in the world. Despite this, Rio is also known for the poverty that surrounds it.