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Social action #9

Strength and confidence for kids

To promote health and social skills for young children, this project will refurbish and equip Viva Rio's School of Martial Arts in Costa Barros.

Many of Rio’s youth were born in an environment of extreme violence, particularly in the favelas and on the outskirts of the city. To get young people off this path, Viva Rio is promoting Education and Sports actions that will stimulate children and adolescents. The project FAZ PAZ, in partnership with Municipal Health Units and the representative institutions of those local communities, promotes healthy habits through martial arts, offering courses in Muay Thai, Jiu-Jitsu, Capoeira, Taekwondo and Percussion. More than 400 children and teenagers are enrolled in the activities, which beyond stimulating healthy habits, also prioritize education and stimulate socialization.

Martial arts offer so many advantages, from discipline to respect. Kids love it, and they learn a lot.
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How OMEGA will help

Benefitting 400 students every year, the aim with this project is to improve the Martial Arts courses for children and teenagers in Marechal Hermes and Costa Barros neighborhood, with the renovation and equipping of a new space for practicing sports, stimulating self-knowledge, solidarity and responsibility.

The action will also encourage healthy practices, especially regarding drug prevention and body care.

New uniforms will be purchased, along with pairs of gloves, punching bags, mats, musical instruments, and new capoeira pants.