Copyright © Instituto Reacao

Description: Practicing Judo to promote human development and social inclusion. Instituto Reacao, located in the favelas of Rio de Jinero, believes that Judo can help youth gain “self-esteem, determination, and self-confidence”. It also hopes that practicing Judo can help kids learn “discipline and the value of life”, which would allow them to make the right decision and to avoid the pressures offered by the community’s favelas.

How it started: Started in 2003, Instituto Reacao was founded Olympic Judo Bronze Medalist by Flávio Cano

Its Aim: Instituto Reacao aims to promote human development through sport and educational activities.

Its Success: Currently, Instituto Reacao helps close to a thousand youth between the age of 4-24.

Its Philosophy: The philosophy of Instituto Reacao is that sports is useful for human development in that it inspire children’s “cognitive, productive, social and personal dimensions”. It uses judo specifically, as it revolves around educational principals such as “discipline, respect, and non-violence”.

If you are interested and want to know more, visit


RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - SEPTEMBER 27: Children of Bola Pra Frente Institute, a football focused project in the poor community of Muquico, Guadalupe play soccer  on September 27, 2012 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images For Laureus)

Copyright © Bola Pra Frente

Description: Replacing favela opportunities with better ones! Bola Pra Frente, located in Guadalupe, Brazil, serves kids from age of 6-17. It offers kids soccer, education, and cultural opportunities as avenues to help their social advancement. The organization uses soccer, as in Brazil, the fascination with soccer and star soccer players, makes soccer most attractive to kids and most likely to inspire change in their lives. It sees soccer as a “playful language universal, which translates human contradictions, allowing the construction of values ​​in a perspective of social promotion”.

How it started: Bola Pra Frente was founded by former Brazilian soccer star Jorginho in 2000. Jorginho, who grew up in Guadalupe, wanted to help and give back to his community. He had seen many childhood friends die while growing up in the favela, and didn’t want any other kids to suffer the same fate as his friends.

Its Success: Every year, Bola Pra Frente helps around 900 youth between the age of 6-17.

Its goal: To promote, through educational sports, social and educational activities that allow full and harmonious development of children and adolescents, making them agents of change in society.

If you are interested and want to know more, visit (English) or (Portuguese)



Copyright © CUFA

Description: Using mainly Hip Hop and other sports to integrate kids and communities. CUFA, known as Central Union of Slums, is located in all 27 states within Brazil. The organization hopes that it can use sports to help Brazilian kids avoid the evil activities that occur within favelas. The program, which runs in Brazillian ghettos, believes that sports will empower its participants to have an innate desire to help themselves. As casino most of the participants seek opportunities to express their attitudes, or question their desire to continue living. Along with Hip Hop, others sports CUFA use include Break dancing, Graffiti, Street Basketball, and Skateboarding.

How it started: CUFA originally began in 1999.

Its founders: CUFA was founded by MV Bill and Nega Giza, two Brazilian rappers. MV Bill has recieved recognition from the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization for his work in using hip top to inspire youth. Nega Giza has been praised for her dedication to combating social issues.

Its Expansion: In 2009, CUFA expanded its ideas to countries outside Brazil. Currently, Argentina, Austria, Bolivia, Chile, Germany, Haiti, Hungary, Italy, Spain, and USA has projects run by CUFA.

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