“We take care pf minors with little chances in life. We offer them possibilities to grow and to grab chances in their lige”

“We take care of minors with little chances in life. We offer them possibilities to grow and to grab chances in their lige”

Power2Fly: already for years at home in Brazil

Power2Fly promotes together with ASAS, their partner in Brazil, the personal development and social integration of the youth in disadvantaged neighborhoods in Florianopolis. This happens through sports and other extracurricular activities. Your help is necessary. Please read here more about the projects and building plans of ASAS.

Why?
ASAS has been active in the north of the island already since 2007. Sixty to eighty children participate daily in the extracurricular activities. The need for an approach continues to grow because of the rapid increase of the population. Florianopolis is one of the fastest growing municipalities in Brazil,  well above the national average. The growth increases fastest in the north of the island. There is not enough work for the families that live there, resulting in more and more families living in difficult social conditions.

In Brazil there is – besides poverty and overpopulation- yet another additional problem: children go half of the day to school. This gives them a lot of time to hang out on the streets. The parents have no money to pay for activities to keep them occupied. In addition, many families are uprooted. Often, there is no father figure and the mother is not capable to take care of the children.

Our approach functions
In Florianopolis, stands – right next to a busy road – an old office building on a deserted business ground. While the traffic rushes by, there is a group of children (6stands – right next to a busy road – an old office building on a deserted business ground. While the traffic rushes by, there is a group of children (6-15 years old) that cross the dangerous road to go from the public school to the office building on a daily basis to participate in the activities of ASAS, a voluntary organization that was established in 2007 by the Dutch Liduine van der Zee and the Brazilian partner Joao Paes Costa: “The children get something to eat and they are allowed to participate in all sorts of activities, from field hockey to dancing. We give them guidance with their schoolwork and there is a psychologist on site.”

“The school selects exactly which children need our help the most. And our approach works! Last we had a boy of 13, a child still, but he was already a drug dealer and had big problems at home and at school. He got flamencoles with us and we saw him flourish up in just a few weeks. For the first time in his life, he discovered a talent in itself, a real passion. Those lessons have changed his life. His self-confidence and self-esteem have grown tremendously. Of course we cannot solve all problems for these children. But we do give them the power to fly.”

In partnership with ASAS, Power2Fly provides companies and individuals the chance to participate in social projects in Brazil. In future we would like to build a new youth center in a safe location, near the public school. What you could do to help? Read more in Help out.

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