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Providing quality education to
Underprivileged Children and Teenagers

in favelas in Rio de Janeiro

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Empowering disadvantaged young people in
Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo

with the skills to change their future

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Shaping the character of
At-risk Children and Teenagers

with Positive Discipline and Social and Emotional Learning

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Give disadvantaged children and teenagers the chance to change their future

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What is EduMais?

Striving for a better future

Founded in 2016, EduMais is an NGO that provides high-quality education to underprivileged children and teenagers in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Our educational programs empower at-risk young people in the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo favelas with the skills to build a future away from poverty, violence, and drugs. All nine of these programs are free for our talented students as everyone deserves access to a good education. But to make this possible, we rely on the generosity and commitment of our wonderful donors and volunteers. Join us, and let’s transform lives together!

 

Due to COVID-19, our immediate concern is the health and well-being of our students and their families. The congested space of the favelas makes social distancing impossible. In addition, the economic impacts of the coronavirus are particularly severe in these communities. Many families have lost all sources of income.

To support them through this difficult time, EduMais is currently fundraising for essential food and sanitation products. For just €11, you can provide 14 non-perishable food items and 8 vital sanitation products to a family in need. Fight COVID-19 in the favelas with us today.

350
Students per week

15-25
Volunteers per day

9
Educational programs

100%
Free education

Our Success Stories

Seeing the impact

Izabely, student on EduMais's exchange program, 2020

"My English has improved so much with EduMais, and I now tutor other students at my school"

Boy eating healthy food at NGO in favela in Rio de Janeiro

"Andre's behaviour is so much better at home and at school. I can't thank EduMais enough for the after-school program!"

Andre’s mother, After-School Program

Student in favela filling out IKIGAI

"Thanks to EduMais's Entrepreneurship course, I was able to get my first job at El Misti Hostel"

Smiling young woman with purple t-shirt in rio de janeiro

"The best experience I've ever had. I grew more than at any other time in my entire life!"

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"My son is beaming! I've never seen him as happy as during these summer holidays at camp"

Eryc’s mother, Summer Camp Program

Entrepreneurship student in the favela showing vision board

"The course is very good: it taught us things we will take with us for the rest of our lives"

Young smiling boy thumb up in classroom

"I'm so grateful for the chance EduMais is giving to Pablo. I never would have been able to afford an English course for him. He's already talking about studying and living abroad!"

Smiling young girl on football field in favela at night

"Football helps me to make friends and helps me to do better at school: I can focus better and I have better results. The coach helps me to know what is good and wrong. He gives great advice."

Boys on EduMais's Game Design Camp looking intently at their computers

"I loved the programming course. It was really cool to make our own game and learn things we haven't done in maths class yet. I now understand maths better and it was much more fun and interesting too"

Game Design Program, anonymous feedback

Why Choose Us?

What attracts our donors

Low-Cost Model

You can have a big impact on a child's life with just a small gift

Warmth

You will be made to feel like part of the EduMais family

Transparency

You can read our financial reports at the end of every year

Commitment

Like us, you believe that everyone deserves access to good education

Our Programs

Changing lives

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English

As part of their curriculum, students of Solar Meninos de Luz school receive English lessons from EduMais. Fast-paced and dynamic, these classes focus on their English speaking skills.

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Extracurricular English

Solar Meninos de Luz students are given the chance to further develop their English outside of school hours. Students at other schools are also able to participate in our community English classes.

EduMais students work on their web design and computer skills in the IT room of Solar Meninos de Luz school

Web Design

As well as teaching web and game design, this program works on students’ computer literacy. Students learn computer skills like Word, Excel, and PowerPoint while designing their first website.

EduMais volunteer Eva and two boys on our after-school program give thanks before a snack of mango and bananas

After-school

This program enables young children to work on their academic and personal development with creative and physical activities. These include homework assistance, art, games, sports, and local trips.

Student on EduMais's Education-Based Football Program gets ready to take a free kick on the pitch in Cantagalo

Education-based Football

As not every child loves classroom learning, we reach out to them through Brazil’s most beloved sport: football. Students work on skills, strategies, and tactics, as well as social and emotional learning.

Participants on EduMais's 2018 Summer Camp and their volunteer English teachers hold a flag saying English on it

Summer Camps

Our English Summer Camp includes a variety of activities to make language learning fun, such as arts and craft, sports, and music. As of 2019, we also run a Programming Summer Camp.

Students on EduMais's Entrepreneurship Course with the El Misti Owners and their volunteer teachers Anna and Roberto

Entrepreneurship

Final-year high-school students propose a project to address a need in the community. They then develop and present their business plans, in English, during the school year.

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Exchange

A select few students are given the life-changing opportunity to attend YMCA Camp Hazen in the United States. Including a homestay with a family, the trip rapidly develops their English and life skills.

Students on EduMais's Enter the Labour Market program with their volunteer teachers Karin and German

Enter the Labour Market

Leaving school can be nerve-wracking. We prepare final year students for the next steps with our Enter the Labour Market course. They learn the skills necessary to successfully market themselves.

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Get involved

EduMais is proud to have a committed and diverse team of international volunteers. They are strictly selected and trained in our methodology: Positive Discipline.

On our volunteering programs in Rio de Janeiro, they teach and share their knowledge with our children, giving the best of themselves every day.

Find out all about our free volunteering opportunities in Brazil here.

Social Media Volunteer Emma

Emma

Victoria Volunteer English Adults and Fundraising

Victoria

Emily, volunteer in Brazil with EduMais in Rio de Janeiro

Emily

Volunteer EduMais

Henrique

Volunteer English Online

Juliette

Do you also want to have a lasting impact on the lives of disadvantaged young people?

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Our Values

What drives us

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Love

We love equipping underprivileged young people in the Pãvao-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo communities with the skills to achieve their full potential. With unconditional love, they can learn, grow and have hope for the future. Indeed, they discover just how capable they are!

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Empowerment

We empower at-risk young people by increasing their access to education. As well as academic development, our programs focus on the students’ social and emotional learning. By surrounding them with attention and support, we shape their character and prepare them for the future.

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Commitment

We are committed to improving the lives of disadvantaged children and adolescents in Rio de Janeiro’s favelas. Our dedicated volunteers are trained to create a safe place of exploration, experimentation, and learning where these young people can feel connected and valued.

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Compassion

We care about the young people we work with. Unfortunately, growing up in difficult circumstances can have a profound effect on them and their behaviour. Following Positive Discipline’s mantra of “firm but kind,” we aim to develop them into responsible members of the community.

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Encouragement

We encourage children and teenagers to learn about their strengths and to become the best versions of themselves, regardless of the circumstances they live in. By fostering a caring and supportive environment, we motivate them to develop curiosity, creativity, and a love of learning.

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Respect

We listen to the disadvantaged young people we work with because every child deserves to be treated with dignity and integrity. We instill the democratic principles of respect and equality in all our programs. When their voices are heard, young people feel a sense of belonging and significance.

Our Partners

Organizations that support EduMais's work

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Our latest news

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(Article originally published in Dutch by RTV Noord and written by Erik Hulsegge: https://www.rtvnoord.nl/nieuws/221487/Werken-in-coronatijd-huisje-bij-Paterswoldsemeer-als-poort-naar-China-en-Rio) He normally works […]

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EduMais Newsletter Year 4 Volume 6

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