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Our History

In 2006, anthropologist Lucia Scalco starts her research on digital inclusion in Morro da Cruz, through the Leonardo Murialdo Institute, Morro da Cruz's main philanthropic institution.

 

 

 

Between 2006 and 2012, researching the impact of the computer for low-income people, she started attending the Morro da Cruz Community Association. This entity plays an important social role in the community and is managed and administered by a group of ladies. Since then, Lucia has been advising the Association on several actions and projects.

 

In 2013, starts a survey on public policy called Zero Hunger for the Ministry of Social Development. Some families from Beco das Pedras were chosen to conduct an ethnography and thus deepen their understanding of how they fed themselves. In the middle of work, there was a fire in an informant's house. The fire mobilized the residents of the place and made several latent problems emerge: the right to light, accessibility, address, letter carrier, trash, etc.

 

So, in this period, in addition to academic research on community residents, a group of people begins to mobilize - Collective - for the development of social projects in the Morro.

In 2006, anthropologist Lucia Scalco starts her research on digital inclusion in Morro da Cruz, through the Leonardo Murialdo Institute, Morro da Cruz's main philanthropic institution.

 

 

Between 2006 and 2012, researching the impact of the computer for low-income people, she started attending the Morro da Cruz Community Association. This entity plays an important social role in the community and is managed and administered by a group of ladies. Since then, Lucia has been advising the Association on several actions and projects.

 

 

In 2013, starts a survey on public policy called Zero Hunger for the Ministry of Social Development. Some families from Beco das Pedras were chosen to conduct an ethnography and thus deepen their understanding of how they fed themselves. In the middle of work, there was a fire in an informant's house. The fire mobilized the residents of the place and made several latent problems emerge: the right to light, accessibility, address, letter carrier, trash, etc.

 

So, in this period, in addition to academic research on community residents, a group of people begins to mobilize - Collective - for the development of social projects in the Morro.

In 2006, anthropologist Lucia Scalco starts her research on digital inclusion in Morro da Cruz, through the Leonardo Murialdo Institute, Morro da Cruz's main philanthropic institution.

 

Between 2006 and 2012, researching the impact of the computer for low-income people, she started attending the Morro da Cruz Community Association. This entity plays an important social role in the community and is managed and administered by a group of ladies. Since then, Lucia has been advising the Association on several actions and projects.

 

In 2013, starts a survey on public policy called Zero Hunger for the Ministry of Social Development. Some families from Beco das Pedras were chosen to conduct an ethnography and thus deepen their understanding of how they fed themselves. In the middle of work, there was a fire in an informant's house. The fire mobilized the residents of the place and made several latent problems emerge: the right to light, accessibility, address, letter carrier, trash, etc.

 

So, in this period, in addition to academic research on community residents, a group of people begins to mobilize - Collective - for the development of social projects in the Morro.

In the winter of 2015, the "Mutirão do Beco das Pedras" took place, an action together with the community to improve the circulation in the area. In these activities, the presence of the children was noticed and, instead of being removed, the idea was to insert them through the construction of a space for games and activities. The "ESKOLINHA" was born - a project that we maintain until today.

In 2018 we began a work to expand the space offered to students in order to offer the inverse shift every day of the week with enrolled students and on Saturdays with playful classes open to the community. Based on the demands of the children, we saw their pedagogical and family difficulties.

In 2019, the process has matured and we felt the need to formalize ourselves as an NGO in order to have access to funding and receive donations to offer a solid and permanent project. Along with the formalization process, occurred what we call "Encontro das águas" which is how we describe our team and the meeting that occurs among its members. Our collective is formed by people with several qualifications, professionals already graduated, college students, technicians, self-taught, but mainly members of the community, who work and have in the institution itself, a space for formation, rescue and opportunity.

Currently, the NGO works in the schools reverse shit. It shelters 50 children and young people from 7 to 14 years old. On Saturdays attendance is open, any child is welcome, welcoming an average of 10 to 15 more children, which represents around 65 children attended regularly.
In 2020 we started the reform of the Chapel, which is the main headquarters of the NGO. It is a space that will turn into a beautiful school and a beautiful social space. Our dream is to make this space alive, where many people can connect, develop and have their lives transformed.

 

We want to impact the life of the community as well as the society as a whole, involving people, companies and institutions to our purpose.

 

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