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Bringing life, hope and opportunity to children

Univida offers children in Brazilian favelas (slums) the opportunity to study and the means to help them realise their potential.

UNIVIDA works with children and young people by providing quality education, training and life skills in a safe learning environment.

The charity also cares for parents and families, providing opportunities for skills training, recreation and the improvement of quality of life.

Where we work

Fortaleza on the north-east coast is Brazils 4th largest city. Its a city of contrasts, with 2.5 million people, 550 favelas and a sea front full of luxury hotels.

32% of young people live in the city live in severe poverty.

The favelas are improvised and lacking in basic services which make life for their residents difficult and dangerous. Skin diseases, infections, tiredness, mal-nutrition and depression are just of few of the consequences of the physical squalor of life in a slum community. To make matters worse, dwellers must also contend with violence, unemployment, alcoholism and drug related gang warfare. Add to these conditions, un-reliable schools, clinics and transport. These are the conditions the children of Fortaleza’s slums are growing up.

You might think that with all of this against them, happiness and enthusiasm would be in short supply. It is true that for many teenagers and adults, exhaustion and depression has a firm grip. However, in the lives of children who have known nothing else, there is innocence, passion and opportunity to build a generation of hope.

Our Goal

UNIVIDAs challenge is to harness and develop the youthful energy you see in our photos and transform it into perseverence, skills and character that will equip children as they grow to transform their community and city.


Dreambuilders is the name we give to our monthly supporters, who, with a gift of £20 per month, help us to support over 250 children with daily education, a hot meal, clean water and a safe place to play.

We need more sponsors and can send you newsletters, stories and photos to help you understand the difference you are making.

Please become a Dreambuilder today by setting up a monthly donation here on our Virgin Money Giving page or by downloading a Giving Form from our website.

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