Many children of the Parola slum in Manila are born in broken families, dire poverty and are often subject to all kinds of abuse and crime. Attending school and building a future are often an impossibility for them. SOFIA, through an innovative program called “ALSA BUHAY”, helps these children by providing an innovative opportunity of alternative education inside the slum. The educational program prepares them for a high school diploma equivalency. Over 700 children have already benefited from this project, but more support is needed to enable SOFIA to shape a better tomorrow for more children in the slum. Every euro donated equals one day of school for a child.
Art and Sports in Catia-Caracas Slums
Catia is one of the largest slums of Caracas and of Latin America altogether. Poverty and violence are the two keywords to describe Catia, where about one million of Caracas’s 4.5 million inhabitants live. This project concerns the organization and delivery of art courses to the disadvantaged youth of the Catia slum in Caracas. Workshops are guided by experienced teachers. The choice of workshops ranges from dance, painting, music, photography, to learning to read novels etc. The workshops attract children and youth aged 4 to 28 and are held in existing school and parish premises. The initiative provides alternative, enriching, and productive activities to keep youth active and engaged, which ultimately keeps them off the street and out of any potential harm’s way. It also encourages children and young people through art and culture values such as: responsibility, discipline, confidence.
The daily cost for a child to choose a range of activities such as dance, painting, music, photography, to learning to read novels etc.