Fight for Peace Sports and Education Centre



Access to sport and solutions for 1400 youth and 180 regular visitors in Rio’s most dangerous favela that suffers from 20 years of rival drug trafficking wars; youth thrive in an environment of peace.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

1\3 of Brazilians live in extreme poverty, for whom drug trafficking and crime seems to be the most financially and socially rewarding option. This has created an unofficial civil war between the state and its poor. Fight for Peace offers diversion from this option, accompanied by scholarships into schools, and access to the job market. The project is open to 7-25 years old of both sexes in Rio de Janeiro’s most dangerous favela community- Complexo de Mare.

How will this project solve this problem?

Youth are given the resources to choose a more productive life over crime: sport classes and primary education are offered daily as are citizenship and English classes. Students go on to find employment and further their studies.

Potential Long Term Impact

Fight for Peace is creating a community of peer leaders that will inspire youth from within the community to channel their energy toward more productive ends. Participants have gone on to professional sports, employment at the center, and university.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: £2,036

Funding Information

This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.

Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled £2,036 .  The original project funding goal was £2,036.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Excel file (projdoc.xls).


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Dreams Can Be Foundation

Johnstown, PA, United States

Project Leader

Luke Dowdney

COAV Executive Coordinator
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil

Where is this project located?

Map of Fight for Peace Sports and Education Centre