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Community in action overview 2010

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Community in Action is a grassroots non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) located in one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela (slum) communities. Our mission is to offer vocational and …

Community in Action is a grassroots non-profit non-governmental organization (NGO) located in one of Rio de Janeiro’s largest favela (slum) communities. Our mission is to offer vocational and cultural classes for students of all ages, as well as personal development opportunities for volunteers. The majority of NGOs in Rio provide outreach programs on a service model: slum inhabitants simply use the services others (who live outside the community) deem they need. We implemented a new approach, a new vision – one that fosters the possibility of long-term community change by including residents in the operation of the organization. Currently, slum residents staff the majority of human resource and administrative positions. These present and future community leaders are the volunteers, the teachers, and the administrative teams. As social entrepreneurs, Community in Action has created a model for excluded and deprived people to create sustainable livelihoods and promote societal inclusion.

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  • 1.  
  • 2. RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL
  • 3.  
  • 4. A CITY OF NATURAL BEAUTY
  • 5.  
  • 6.  
  • 7. A CITY WITH AMAZING VIEWS
  • 8.  
  • 9.  
  • 10. A CITY WITH INCREDIBLE BEACHES
  • 11.  
  • 12.  
  • 13. THIS IS THE INTERNATIONAL IMAGE OF RIO DE JANEIRO ... OUTSIDE OF BRAZIL
  • 14. HOWEVER, RIO DE JANEIRO ALSO HAS A VERY DIFFERENT IMAGE
  • 15. THE SHANTY TOWNS…
  • 16. WHICH ARE ALSO KNOWN AS ...
  • 17. FAVELAS
  • 18.  
  • 19.  
  • 20.  
  • 21.  
  • 22.  
  • 23. THERE ARE OVER 900 SEPARATE FAVELA COMMUNITIES IN RIO DE JANEIRO
  • 24. THE POPULATION OF RIO DE JANEIRO IS OVER 7 MILLION
  • 25. OVER 2.5 MILLION PEOPLE LIVE IN FAVELA COMMNITIES!
  • 26.  
  • 27.  
  • 28. FAVELA POPULATIONS CAN RANGE FROM 1,000 TO OVER 150,000!
  • 29.  
  • 30.  
  • 31.  
  • 32.  
  • 33. MANY FAMILIES IN THE FAVELAS SURVIVE ON LESS THAN $3.00 PER DAY
  • 34.  
  • 35.  
  • 36. MINIMUM WAGE IN BRAZIL IS APPROXIMATELY $250 PER MONTH
  • 37. IF YOU MAKE MINIMUM WAGE, YOU LIVE IN A FAVELA
  • 38.  
  • 39. CHILDREN HAVE LITTLE ACCESS TO PUBLIC SCHOOLS, WITH CLASSES OFTEN CANCELED
  • 40.  
  • 41.  
  • 42.  
  • 43. MANY PARENTS ARE ILLITERATE AND UNEMPLOYED
  • 44.  
  • 45. HISTORICALLY, THE GOVERNMENT HAS BELIEVED THAT IT IS NOT WORTHWHILE TO INVEST IN THE FAVELAS
  • 46. TO THAT END, FAVELA RESIDENTS HAVE BEGUN CREATING A SOCIETY BASED ON COMMUNITY COOPERATION WITH…
  • 47. … NON-GOVERNMENTAL ORGANIZATIONS (NGOs)
  • 48. NGOs ARE PRIVATE ORGANZIATIONS THAT EXTEND SERVICES THE GOVERNMENT CANNOT PROVIDE
  • 49. THINGS THAT WE TAKE FOR GRANTED IN THE U.S. …
  • 50. HEALTH CARE CULTURAL EVENTS EDUCATIONAL CLASSES FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE HUMAN RIGHTS
  • 51.  
  • 52.  
  • 53. FOR MANY, NGOS ARE THE ONLY WAY TO MAKE LIFE TRANSITIONS
  • 54. NGOS ARE A MAJOR AVENUE TO CREATE CHANGE!
  • 55.  
  • 56.  
  • 57. THE VIEW FROM OUR WINDOW
  • 58. WE OFFER VOCATIONAL AND CULTURAL CLASSES SO PEOPLE IN THE FAVELA CAN TRANSITION FROM POVERTY TO EMPLOYMENT
  • 59. COMPUTER TRAINING FOR ALL AGES
  • 60.  
  • 61.  
  • 62. TUTORS FOR CHILDREN
  • 63.  
  • 64.  
  • 65. ENGLISH CLASSES
  • 66.  
  • 67.  
  • 68. HAND-MADE ART PEOPLE LEARN TO MAKE MERCHANDISE THEY CAN SELL
  • 69.  
  • 70.  
  • 71.  
  • 72. COMMUNITY EVENTS
  • 73.  
  • 74.  
  • 75.  
  • 76. VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE EVERY MONTH TO PROVIDE SUPPORT AND HELP EXPAND OUR GLOBAL NETWORK
  • 77.  
  • 78. WE CONTINUALLY FORM ALLIANCES WITH OTHER NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
  • 79.  
  • 80. WE PROVIDE FOOD SUBSIDIES TO VOLUNTEERS WITH NO INCOME
  • 81. $25 PER MONTH FEEDS A FAMILY OF FOUR
  • 82.  
  • 83.
    • OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS, WE HAVE SENT 1,000 COMMUNITY RESIDENTS TO JOB INTERVIEWS THROUGH A PARTNERSHIP WITH RIO’S STATE EMPLOYMENT AGENCY
  • 84.  
  • 85.
    • WE CONTINUALLY OFFER NEW PROGRAMS AS MORE STUDENTS AND VOLUNTEERS ARRIVE
  • 86. “ COMMUNITY IN ACTION” IS UNIQUE…
  • 87. THE MAJORITY OF OTHER NGOs SEND PEOPLE FROM WEALTHIER NEIGHBORHOODS TO HELP IN THE FAVELAS
  • 88. FAVELA RESIDENTS ARE RARELY PART OF THE OPERATIONS; THEY SIMPLY USE THE SERVICES PROVIDED
  • 89. OUR MISSION , HOWEVER, IS TO GET COMMUNITY RESIDENTS INVOLVED!
  • 90. MANY RESIDENTS HAVE THE DESIRE AND MOTIVATION TO CREATE CHANGE
  • 91. YET THEY ARE NEVER GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO
  • 92. COMMUNITY IN ACTION PROVIDES THIS OPPORUTNITY!
  • 93. THE MAJORITY OF THOSE INVOLVED IN THIS ORGANIZATION LIVE IN THE FAVELAS
  • 94. THEY ARE THE HUMAN RESOURCES!
  • 95.  
  • 96. THEY ARE THE VOLUNTEERS…
  • 97.  
  • 98. AND THEY ARE THE STUDENTS!
  • 99.  
  • 100.  
  • 101. THESE PEOPLE ARE COMMITED TO CREATING COMMUNITY CHANGE!
  • 102. HOWEVER, THEY CANNOT DO IT ALONE
  • 103. WE CANNOT DO IT ALONE
  • 104. THE MORE PEOPLE WHO GET INVOLVED…
  • 105. … THE MORE SUCCESS THIS ORGANIZATION AND THIS COMMUNITY WILL HAVE
  • 106. A FEW GOALS
  • 107. LINK OUR ARTISTS AND THEIR WORKS TO LARGER RETAIL NETWORKS
  • 108.  
  • 109. · CREATE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIPS WITH CORPORATE SPONSORS · BUILD LONG-TERM ALLIANCES WITH GOVERNMENT ENTITIES · WORK AS A LOGISTICS CENTER CONNECTING FOREIGN VOLUTNEERS WITH LOCAL NGOs
  • 110. ASSESS NEW GROWTH AVENUES TO CONTINUE CREATING SUSTAINABLE LIVIHOODS FOR THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE
  • 111. YOU CAN HELP MAKE THIS HAPPEN!!!
  • 112.  
  • 113.  
  • 114.  
  • 115. COMMUNITY IN ACTION
  • 116. WE TEACH
  • 117. WE GUIDE
  • 118. WE EMPOWER
  • 119. THESE PEOPLE CAN HAVE A DIFFERENT FUTURE BECAUSE YOU !!!
  • 120. MAKE AN ONLINE DONATION TODAY! www.firstgiving.com/communityinaction To get involved, send an email to: [email_address] Visit our website: www.communityinaction.org