Non-profit organization “Il Sorriso dei miei Bimbi” promotes education and social inclusion projects for children and youth education in the heart of Rocinha, in Rio de Janeiro.
The association, founded by Barbara Olivi, has been operating in the area for over 18 years now. It carries out its non-profit initiatives in a complex, often violent environment in one of the largest favela in South America, known to international press for the armed conflicts between drug-dealers and police.
Thanks to the essential support of numerous friends, the organization has developed a creative, exciting, didactic and educational path including: the kindergarten school “Saci Sabe Tudo”, that welcomes up to 90 children aged between 2 and 6 years, the Youth Project “Casa Jovem” , with a project for children and adolescents of school reinforcement courses, a literacy course for adults, the Aldeia Project with psychological support and the Clube Jovens Pensadores.
We have also opened Rocinha’s first literary café, the “Garagem das Letras”, a garage that has become a cultural center, an eclectic and dynamic space, with different purposes. The intention of the project is to promote a point of encounter and sharing, dialogue and free expression. In addition to being a bar, a library and a playroom, it offers language courses and organizes cultural events in favor of the community.
In 2016 we also inaugurated the Volunteer Green House, a multipurpose center with a large greenhouse to develop projects related to environmental education and food education.