WHAT WE DO
The Favela Foundation aims to support grassroots educational projects in Brazil's favelas, aiming to provide opportunities to the residents of these amazing and vibrant communities. We will work hand in hand with these local projects to provide them with the tools and resources to achieve their goals and give them the support they need to reach as many residents of the favelas as possible. Our work will start in Rocinha, but we hope to expand to other projects in both Rio and farther afield.
Brazil's largest favela
The favela of Rocinha is Rio de Janeiro’s infamous city within a city, as an estimated 250,000-300,000 people inhabit this valley that spans less than 1.5km². Famous for its bright colours, friendly communities, arts, crafts and party atmosphere but also its troubled reputation of drugs, crime, poverty, over population and lack of basic utilities and governmental support. In the face of this adversity, you will still find many defiantly starting to achieve the kinds of successes that generations before could only have dreamt of: jobs in the city, professional contracts with league football clubs, even Olympic gold medals. A lot of this is thanks to the remarkable hard work of local NGOs and other projects that provide educational stimulus, training facilities and most importantly a safe place to offer freedom to believe in a brighter future that they can bring back to these vibrant and energetic communities.
You can make a difference
Many organisations in the favelas receive no government funding and survival can be a day to day struggle. We aim to financially support these NGOs so that they can expand their reach, provide more opportunities for the communities and remain in the favelas for the foreseeable future. Your donations will provide basic resources for classrooms such as desks, books and stationery, fund school trips for children who may have never left the favela before, and provide a stable and sustained education for local residents.