In partnership with local organisation Terra dos Homens and using methods from an existing project partner Coaches Across Continents, we will focus on teaching students to resolve conflicts without violence, verbal and nonverbal communication, respecting rules, protecting the rights of children, preventing HIV and STDs and combating gender stereotypes.
We are engaging with the children and young people through football and sport by reclaiming a sporting facility in the centre of the community. As well as regular workshops, we will train 30 young leaders in the Favela on how to bring about their own change and to encourage other children to join the project. These Leaders will be able to organise tournaments and events for the wider community.
Rio is one of the most violent states in Brazil. In the Duque de Caxias municipality, 1 in every 229 children under the age of 12 is expected to be murdered before they turn 18. Drug trafficking is prevalent, with traffickers targeting children as young as 9 to move drugs for them. Children and young people are in a constant situation of social vulnerability.
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