Since 1999 Rua e.V. has established innovative and sustainable projects with our Brazilian partner Grupo Ruas e Praças in Recife. Our activities are being funded by a sound donor base including individuals, corporate donors, school initiatives, church groups and other mainly German NGOs. We have been awarded grants from the German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) for setting up a new Center for Street Children and to support German volunteers for their time with our partner project.
Our soccer project for street children was made possible thanks to the support of German first division soccer coach Jürgen Klopp when his team BVB won the German championships in 2011 and 2012.
More than 50 street children are taking part in the soccer training, conducted by Grupo Ruas e Praças in Recife, Brazil. Besides of the training, they also attend several educational offerings as well as counseling.
Besides of regular support provided to street children and their families by Grupo Ruas e Praças, main offerings of this specific project are as follows:
- Classes for soccer rules
- Individual tactical instructions
- Play as a team
- Civil Rights workshops
- Local "championship" with other projects
- Excursions with various pedagogical topics
- Introduction of individual players to professional soccer clubs
- Support in schooling questions and assisting in resumption of school
One soccer and one futsal class take place twice a week each. All workshops are provided separately for children of different ages and learning stages to support best the individual strengths of the children.
Besides of the training, also social skills are a major part of the goals to be achieved. Street children are to be re-integrated into their families whenever possible. They learn to understand their social possibilities and develop new perspectives in life.
A participation rate of 95% proves that the offering is reaching the target group.
Projects supported by Rua e.V. follow a holistic approach aiming at empowering individuals such as street children and their families. We believe that despite their vulnerable situation, these children have their own resources to cope with their difficult situation and to develop their own solutions to improve their chances and quality of life. Additionally, we encourage them to become advocates for their own cause. Our role is to enable them to make use of these resources rather than turning them into passive recipients of aid and help. This is different from a mere charitable approach.
Rua e.V. together with the Brazilian partner organization Grupo Ruas e Praças follows an approach based on partnership and intense exchange of ideas and concepts. Innovative concepts such as psychosocial support and soccer training as a means towards life skills training have been developed hand in hand.
Due to our personal and professional links to Brazil we are able to visit our projects regularly.