For the past year and a half the Corona virus has the world in its grasp. So far, more than 22 million Brazilians have been infected with the virus and with more than 609 000 deaths, Brazil is, in absolute numbers, after the USA the second most affected country in the world. However, thanks to a very high vaccination rate, the situation in Rio de Janeiro has calmed down and is slowly returning to normal. Just recently for example the outdoor mask requirement was lifted. As in many other places though, the pandemic was accompanied by a severe economic crisis, which hit the poorest inhabitants especially hard.
What is it about?
The comunity center "Centro Comunitario da Rua 2" urgently needs donations to finance its summer camp for up to 200 underprivileged kids from the Rocinha favela in January.
The summer camp was initiated 10 years ago to give the kids of the favela access to appropriate activities, to keep them away from the alleys and to show them the city. This is particularly important as the pandemic was especially hard for the kids.
The program costs the parents, if they can afford it, 60 Reais (about 10€) for 4 weeks of daily activities from 7:30 hs to 15:00 hs, including breakfast and lunch. With this money, the 15-20 mentors who take care of the 250 kids are paid. Most of them are also from Rocinha and already participated in former activities. The food, the transport and the entrance to the different attractions such as parks, beaches and museums are all donations. A hygiene concept will be implemented for the summer camp.
Why are there problems now?
Until 2015 Rio Onibus provided 4 buses. Unfortunately due to the complicated financial situation of the company and the city the company cannot provide those buses anymore. Now, as 2019, friends of Davi have offered to provide school buses again. The uncovered expenses such as fuel, needed repairs and a small salary for the drivers sum up to 5000 Reais for each bus. However, with the help of your donations in the last years the camp could be realized each year!
With the help of your donation we can hopefully gather the required money to pay the buses to facilitate the summer camp. Two hundred fifty really adorable kids will make it up to you with a big smile and hopefully forget the reality of the favela for hopefully a month!
Your donation is collected via betterplace.org which provides a convenient donation platform. It is completely free of charge and is a non-profit organization. If you live in Germany you even get a tax-reduction for your donation. The collected money is then transferred to the Protestant Church which then sends the money directly to the community center. You can (but don't have to) make also a donation for betterplace.org during the donation progress (you can change the shown amount!)