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Institute du Juventude Creativa

Creative solutions for the young people of Recife

About Sao Lorenzo

San Lorenzo de Mata
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San Lorenzo de Mata is part of the city of Recife, in Brazil, which has suffered from violence and crime. The Creative Youth Institute is dedicated to providing courses and workshops to young people to keep them safe and off the streets. The institute has become a space where youth can play sports, join activities, and develop skills to give them more opportunities. They can be involved in tourism and cultural activities, such as making souvenirs.

Tourists can visit the Casa de Fariña, where a traditional food of the Pernambuco region is produced. Fariña is made from cassava, and at the location visitors can observe the entire process, from harvesting to the final product. In addition, there is the chance for travelers to participate in the making of clay objects and utensils.

Interesting facts about Sao Lorenzo

Liliani is head of her household in Sao Lorenzo da Mata, though she does not have a stable job. With four children to take care of, she has always managed to make sure there was food on the table. When she became unemployed recently, she decided to climb the olive trees and sell what she was able to pick.

Although Liliani is not unfamiliar with poverty, her children give her extra incentive to change her circumstances. She wants them to be educated and to have a better life. With this in mind, she visited the Creative Youth Institute to see how they could help her kids during their free time. The institute was able to offer help with schoolwork as well as activities like boxing. With the extra time, Liliani could devote herself to earning a living.

She has a spot where she sells her olives, though the days are long and the police sometimes ask her to leave and confiscate her wares. Even climbing the trees, which can be up to 5 meters high, is risky at her age. She is paid the equivalent of 70 cents for a container of 15 olives. On a good day, she might make $17 total. Although the work is exhausting, she is grateful that her family does not go hungry. If it was not for the institute, Liliani says, her children would be vulnerable and might stray into delinquency or drug use.

It is her hope to have a better job with more income and time to spend with her children. She is excited about the possibility of getting involved with tourism efforts, where she can share her knowledge and lead tourists through streets she knows so well. This is something she believes her children would be good at too. Dreaming is free, she says, as she prepares her olives to sell. In the meantime, Liliani appreciates the work of the institute and support from groups like VSocial. It has allowed her older children to attend high school and for her to buy them clothes and study supplies.

Liliani's story is like so many others of the parents whose children come to the Creative Youth Institute. This is why it is such a vital space for the young people of Sao Lorenzo da Mata and their dreams of a better life.

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Sustainability in Sao Lorenzo

VSocial has initiated the tourism project. Creating tourism products for both the domestic and international markets. Working on the governance and costing, administrative and financial dynamics so that the project is ready and generates benefits in the community

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The project has a direct impact on about 60 families in the community of Sao Lorenzo Da Mata, with the participation of more than 120 young people who are in each of the training programs of the institute.

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