Rio de janeiro
Tio Lino (named in remembrance of a community activist) is ACE's first community center located in the Rocinha Favela in Rio de Janeiro.
Rocinha Favela is the largest favela in Latin America; home to at least 250,000 residents. For all these residents, there are only two state schools. As demand is high and funding low, a child is offered (if accepted) 4 hours of education a day, often from under-qualified and underpaid staff. This leaves extended periods of time when children are at home without supervision, leading to involvement in negative activities, principally, the pressure to join the local drug gangs that control the favelas.
Tio Lino will offer a safe community for kids to grow and develop, providing a small oasis from the realities of the community. The center will be focusing on art, education, sport, art and therapy.