Copyright © Gol de Letra
Description: Using sports to assists kids at risk. Gol de Letra, located in the suburbs of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), is a NGO that uses sports, education, and culture to help kids embrace “knowledge, culture and citizenship.” The program works with families, schools and institutions connected to the local communities to ensure that the kids recieve enough attention and support from all areas.
How it started: The organization was founded in 1998 by Raií and Leonardo (famous soccer players)
Its Mission: Contribute to the educational development of children and teenagers in order they can act with autonomy to change their realities.
Its Vision: Being acknowledged as an organization that develops and disseminates practices which contribute to social changing.
Its Success: Currently, Gol de Letra is helping 1,3000 youth through its programs.
(Information courtesy of Gol de Letra)
If you are interested and want to know more, visit http://www.goldeletra.org.br/default.aspx?section=233
Copyright © Briza Skateboard
Description: Helping kids in Rio de Jinero through skateboarding. Briza Skateboard, located in the Irajá district, helps local kids through the power of skateboarding. The program is now a social inclusion project that focus on allowing different kids to network and communicate through skateboarding.
How it started: Originally, Briza Skateboard was just a small scale project located in a single neighborhood. Its skateboarding park consisted of a few obstacles on a school compound.
If you are interested and want to know more, visit http://photographersforhope.org/2011/03/briza-skateboard/ (English) or http://www.sk8.com.br/br/ (Portuguese)
Copyright © AKWOS
Description: Using soccer and education to alleviate poverty, to teach about AIDS/HIV, and to allay trauma in East Africa. AKWOS, which started in Rwanda, has focused on helping Rwandan women ease the trauma from the Rwandan genocide.
(Information courtesy of AKOWS)
For more information please visit: http://www.akwos.info/