Sport and recreation for deprived children in the City of God

This project will give 2,700 children living in the slums of Rio de Janeiro the chance to escape a life of drugs and violence by engaging in recreational, cultural and educational activities.

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It ran from 8:23 AM, 22 June 2010 to 6:03 PM, 5 June 2014

Registered Charity in England and Wales (274467)

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  • Education/Training/EmploymentEducation/Training/Employment
  • Health/WellbeingHealth/Wellbeing
  • Human Rights/AdvocacyHuman Rights/Advocacy
  • Sports/RecreationSports/Recreation


  • Children (3-18)Children (3-18)
  • Young People (18-30)Young People (18-30)



Children growing up in the City of God shantytowns have a very hard start in life. Living below the poverty line, they survive in cramped conditions where sanitation facilities are minimal and the supply of utilities is erratic. Many children suffer from health problems resulting from poor nutrition, with just one health centre for 60,000 people. The area suffers from high unemployment and low wages, forcing many people to turn to crime. Children as young as ten get involved with gangs, running errands, acting as lookouts or making deliveries. The climate of unemployment also has a severe impact on family relationships, resulting in violence towards women and children. These children desperately need realistic alternatives to becoming involved in a short life of violence and drug crime. The goals of the project are: •To decrease the number of young people involved in the violent drugs trade •To increase the educational attainment among young people so that more will find work •To improve the health of young people, reducing the incidence of HIV/AIDS, teenage pregnancy and drug and alcohol addiction •To help young people have increased self-esteem and pride in Afro-Brazilian culture Through educational and cultural activities, we will give these children a better future. This will be achieved by: •IT training, essential for accessing employment, and as a tool for creating solutions to local problems; •Study orientation classes to develop reading, writing and creative skills, addressing issues relevant to the community, such as violence and gender; •Investment in sport by offering football and karate lessons to 100 children; •Engaging cultural activities, from afro-dance lessons to museum trips, benefitting more than 200 children; •Strengthing partnerships and alliances with other locally active organisations in areas such as child rights, housing, race and gender and education; •Awareness-raising about racial discrimination and advocacy to improve living conditions through public investment in the area. This is a three year project with an estimated total cost of £198,000.