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In the late 1980s, countless episodes of violence against children and youth, young delinquents’ escapes from institutions, and extreme rights violations such as prostitution and murder drew attention to the dramatic situation of children in Brazil. This information touched businesspeople from the toy industry, since it concerned individuals in the same age bracket as the consumers of their products, who were, however, excluded from the consumption of the most basic survival goods. Within this context, in 1989, the Brazilian Association of Toy Manufacturers (Abrinq) established within its own structure, the Board for the Defense of Children’s Rights, the heart of the future Abrinq Foundation for Children’s Rights (FADC).
The motif moving all these sectors into action was the belief that IT IS NO LONGER POSSIBLE TO WAIT FOR THE AUTHORITIES TO SOLVE THE PROBLEM! SOMETHING MUST BE DONE, NOW! This position was born from the belief that the responsibility does not lie on the Government alone, but to the society as a whole. The founders of the Abrinq Foundation for Children’s Rights believe that many want to do something for the children, and this discovery serves as the basis for a social movement in benefit of childhood.
|Rua Lisboa 224
São Paulo SP
|Foundation – Provides Funding and Technical Support to Youth Development, Child Rights and Advocacy Organizations|
Grupo Cultural Afro Reggae empowers children from Rio de Janeiro’s favelas (shantytowns) through workshops in music and dance. The classes feed into a band with forty regular performers whose shows are an infectious combination of percussion, dance, rap and capoeira. Afro Reggae’s center is located in Vigário Geral, a favela on the northern edge of Rio de Janeiro with 8,000 residents that is infamous for intense drug trade and for a massacre in 1993 in which police killed 21 residents. Violence, a daily presence in Rio’s 500 favelas, is the leading cause of death for young Brazilians. The center works with more than 350 children and offers classes in everything from flamenco and ballroom dancing to public health and citizenship.
|Rua Senador Dantas,
117 / 1233
Rio de Janeiro RJ 20031-201