BENEFITING: DEVELOPING MINDS FOUNDATION CORPORATION
Developing Minds Foundation has built and equipped several classrooms for an after-school program in Rocinha favela. We continue to sponsor early childhood education, literacy programs, technology training, and homework assistance for the people of Rocinha. As a result of this project, we have consistently had over 100 children per semester participating in the various classes – serving as an important step on the path to an improved life.
Our partnership with Uniao de Mulheres, a successful locally-run organization, addresses the woefully inadequate public education there by offering complementary academic and extra-curricular training in a dynamic learning environment.
Background: Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro is recognized as the largest urban slum in Brazil, with about 250,000 people living here. Rocinha, situated on a steep hillside one kilometer from the famous beaches of Rio, is a densely crowed shantytown of mostly crude cinderblock and cement housing connected by a complex maze of narrow alleyways.
We identified a need to offer considerably improved education for the people living in one of the poorest parts of Rocinha, a section called Roupa Suja. While some portions of Rocinha have gained attention for the positive development of its infrastructure, Roupa Suja continues to function at extreme levels of poverty, an unhealthy sanitary environment and constant security risks resulting from pervasive conflict among heavily armed drug factions.