Children in Rio attend school either in the morning or the afternoon. If their parents work, this can leave them unsupervised for long periods of time.
This can have terrible consequences. For example, children not enrolled in after-school programs are 50% more likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, three times more likely to skip classes, and five times more likely to fail in school.
Our After-School Program supervises children from the Pavão-Pavãozinho and Cantagalo favelas during the high-risk after-school hours. The program gives them the chance to continue to develop their academic and personal skills, rather than getting into trouble.
The children we serve are aged between six and ten. Group size is around five, though we hope to expand this in the future.
Activities include Portuguese, homework assistance, English lessons, literacy, games, sports, yoga, and arts and crafts. We also take the children on trips out of the community to enjoy Rio’s many attractions. They have already been to places as varied as the botanical gardens, Parque Lage, Leme fort and the Morro da Urca. They also never say no to a trip to the beach!