Associazione Amigos da Vida
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Since the beginning of its activities in Rocinha, according to current Brazilian rules, the Italian NPO Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi has been working in partnership with the Brazilian association Amigos da Vida, which Barbara Olivi (founder and president) is the director, together with the valuable contribution of Veronica Cana Brazil.
Finally, we have launched this year the first literary café in Rocinha (the Garagem das Letras), a coffee library, internet point, a place of social inclusion, youth training and refuge from a violent reality, as is still the immense favela carioca.
Located in one of the biggest favelas of South America (Rocinha, in Rio de Janeiro) Amigos da Vida is the cooperating arm of Il Sorriso, and it is independent, promoter of projects and collaborations, which over the years has succeeded in promoting social programs thanks the contribution of donors and Italian Brazilian and foreign institutions,
The first association goal is to make operating the projects of education and training within the community of Rocinha, to create better social and educational conditions for its inhabitants.
In a context so complex, and in 15 years of presence in the area, the “association sister” of Il Sorriso has created a creative and stimulating education path that includes the Pre-School Saci Sabe Tudo, which accommodates up to 90 little studens aged from 2 to 6 years, the Project Projeto Jovem with a program for teens at risk of involvement in crimes activities and early pregnancies, and the Literacy Project and educational reinforcement Alfabetização em Ação for children, teens and adults.
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