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Do sports,
win at life.

We’re helping children in the
Guararapes favela in Rio de Janeiro.

An anchor for daily life and
a perspective for the future

This is the reality in which we are helping:
children and youth who frequently experience violence and criminality early in their daily lives, who see no perspective of “breaking out of the hopeless favela reality”, who are certain that they have no real opportunity in life due to their background and therefore also see no sense in a commitment to school. Children who have learned that those who have the right of strength and illegality usually get the most in the end... 

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Alegria, ahoi! e.V. creating
Anchores and Perspektives

The project, “Do sports, win in life” changes the situation of the children in the Favela: “If we want to relate to the children here, it only works with sports, i.e. football. If we then manage to win the trust of the children, then we can really reach them”

“Who can still remember the German visitors?”

“I can! They are already
part of the family...”

None of the children really believed the promise from 2016, “We’ll be back - and continue to support you!”
Having a life influenced by a great lack of perspective and disappointments means that they no longer believe, no longer trust...
Even our arrival gave the children of the project lots of optimism. 

  1. SAVE HAVEN
    The project is a safe place to come and free of violence in the favela. We provide protection to up to 200 children and youth. 
  2. EDUCATION + CARE
    After school, the children get help with homework, care, books, room to learn, motivation and access to education. 
  3. EATING + DRINKING
    Seeing their extreme thankfulness for a snack bag with fresh fruit, cereals and clean drinking water is touching. This shows, however, how necessary basic primary care with food is in Guararapes. 
  4. MEANINGFUL RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES
    Football is the basis, the key, the motivation for access to this project. The boys and girls get an alternative to the lack of perspective in daily life in the favela: training, jerseys – usually for the first time in their lives – football shoes.
  5. SUPPORT
    Our project in the favela of Guararapes is a place to come to for the concerns and wishes of the children, thanks to the voluntary local caregivers with whom we work closely together.
    A “sympathetic ear”, tutoring, problems with the police or parents, nutrition, hygiene, health and their rights - the project gives the children a chance...
    We purposefully support, educate and explain things to the children and youth. The parents are also involved, in order to create an intact family life, to create the basis. 

    The basis for a healthy and worry-free life, for a future full of hope..

Images + Impressions

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Every euro arrives.

Personally, without detours, without administrative costs - We are there, we hand over donations personally, we check progress and plan the next steps on site, with street workers and children.
Targeted, direct, personal, transparent.

These are the next
important projects:

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Clean drinking water...

...not to be taken for granted, but absolutely mandatory for the children’s health. We would like to finance drinking water dispensers with a filter system and the related equipment in order to provide for the children of the project. In addition, reusable and hygienic drinking water bottles are needed that the children can fill up with water.

The installation and the maintenance of the system is done by a tradesman of the favela; therefore we are also creating an employment opportunity for a resident and supporter of the project.

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A healthy snack...

...once or twice a week must be possible! A picnic bag with healthy and balanced contents costs the equivalent of about €1.12, which is distributed by the volunteers on their visits. Eagerly awaited and gratefully accepted. Therefore, for this need, we have to continually collect donations in order to provide the children and youth with regular fruit, cereals and vitamins.

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Medical care...

...actually legally available in Brazil - but the children and families of the Favela “have other concerns”. Health and well-being, care and prevention - the children are often left completely alone in this area. And often there are also topics such as a visit to a gynaecologist, for example, about which the youth do not talk to their parents out of fear or shame, and hence urgently needed visits to doctors do not take place.

We would like to have a local medical assistant who gives first aid, checks the children’s health and organises care.

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Sports shoes...

...an unnecessary luxury good? Not for the children of the project! The game of football on the glowing, hot cement ground is more than a game here. The sport in the community teaches them the basics of getting along with each other: respect, following rules, team spirit, fair play, playing matches without violence. They learn things for life here. The sport is the key, the opportunity to inspire the children for the project.

Regular football training with “real” jerseys and often the first sports shoes in their lives is what draws the children to the project. The shoes are a motivation for the courage to change something.

Support since 2016

This is what we have already achieved:

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A roof over their heads...

... there really wasn’t one before. A building was provided in the favela for the project. The children meet here for activities, to learn, to converse and it is their “safe haven” at the same time. Until recently, there was no waterproof roof over the concrete structure, the water collected in a type of concrete trough and the entire building was extremely damp and mouldy. 

We provided money to build the roof and for the renovation. But now things can move ahead: a reliable supply of electricity, among other things for computer lessons, lights, air conditioning, WCs and showers.

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Football jerseys...

...are much more than just a T-shirt for the children and the organisers. Belonging to the project makes the children proud. Therefore, a feeling of community arises and being together on one level without jealousy. 

And, the children naturally “advertise” the project within the favela. Our goal is naturally to reach many more children. 

We have bought jerseys for all the children of the project. Due to the growth of the children and for other new children in the project, there is a regular need here that we would like to finance.

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Shoes

...most of the children have no shoes except for flip-flops. Certainly no sports shoes. The game of football on the glowing, hot cement ground is more than a game here. The sport in the community teaches them the basics of getting along with each other: respect, following rules, team spirit, fair play, playing matches without violence.

In 2017, we were able to finance 120 pairs of football shoes for the project.

Regular football training with “real” jerseys and often the first sports shoes in their lives is what draws the children to the project. The shoes are a motivation for the courage to change something.

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Learning material + education...

...on our first visit, we looked at the only, old atlas together with the children to see where Germany is: there was only West and East Germany. There were no pens, paper and books, no functional chairs and tables and a fan.

We have already been able to take care of all of these items by the purchases. However, there is lots of potential here to support and promote their drive and willingness to learn. Education is an important key for the vision of getting out of the miserable district. The project generates confidence and the belief in a real chance in life. 

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Company-Support

Besides innumerable donations from private persons such as friends, employees, fund raising at birthdays, events, bar camps or conferences, a few companies have also generously supported, “Alegria, ahoi!” directly.

The children from Rio de Janeiro and Alegria ahoi! e.V. say:

Obrigado! 

Donation account

Hamburger Volksbank eG
IBAN:
DE32 2019 0003 0057 5115 00

BIC:
GENODEF1HH2

Executive Board

Joint representation:

First chairman of the board:

Sven Ditz
c/o sitegeist
Poßmoorweg 2
22301 Hamburg
Germany
+49 (0)40 — 32 81 93 - 0

Second chairman of the board:

Tamara Ditz
c/o sitegeist

Treasurer:
Gesina Gose
c/o sitegeist

Tax number

17/421/14283 

Responsible pursuant to Section 55, para. 2 RStV (Interstate Broadcasting Treaty)
Tamara Ditz
c/o sitegeist
Poßmoorweg 2
22301 Hamburg
Germany
+49 (0)40 — 32 81 93 - 0