Theatre improves Health Inequities in Brazil



Shows are staged monthly for community outreach and to educate public about basic health and citizen rights, in a community plagued by lack of education, poverty, alcoholism and child prostitution.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The project directly serves 120 families and their children from Pernambuco, Recife, in northeastern Brazil. This area has a high migration rate to other urban centers for jobs. It has high rates of murder among its youth, unemployment, domestic violence and alcoholism. Illiteracy rates are 40% in poor communities. There is child prostitution (children sell themselves for as little as $1 to eat) and malnutrition. The average family income is $130 in U.S. dollars.

How will this project solve this problem?

Community education through "spectacular" shows put on by the project. With the help of other NGOs, themes include: conflict resolution, sex and health education, STDs, human rights, and drug prevention--all in the form of entertainment.

Potential Long Term Impact

Community gatherings in the square will educate its residents on existing social, health and educational possibilities. The shows will introduce them to solutions that will make a lasting impact on all aspects of the community's development.

Funding Information

This project has been retired and is no longer accepting donations.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).


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Dreams Can Be Foundation

Johnstown, PA, United States

Project Leader

Fátima Pontes

General Coordinator
Recife, CE Brazil

Where is this project located?

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