10 years of working together to support young children
Fundación MAPFRE and Fundación Barça unite to help prevent violence in Brazil
Since its origins in 2011, the Prevention of Violence in Brazil program has helped to improve the lives of more than 13,000 children and young people from communities in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Through sport, games and physical activities, these youngsters at risk of exclusion learn values such as hard work, respect, teamwork, humility and ambition, nurtured by a culture of cooperation at both individual and group level.
The Prevention of Violence program came about with the aim of promoting peaceful conflict resolution and female empowerment in an environment in which violence is endemic. To achieve this, various activities were organized that use sport as a tool to educate people in values, promote inclusion and social cohesion, and improve school performance. In addition, the youngsters were provided with spaces to play in safety and work on building new points of reference that they would choose instead of gangs.
The program also involves those who have the important task of teaching, plus 500 local instructors in the FutbolNet methodology of Fundación Barça, who today are the main transmitters of the values that prevent children and young people from being entrapped by drugs and violence. In addition, more than 150 of our volunteers have collaborated in carrying out these activities.
Following all these achievements, Fundación Barça and Fundación MAPFRE are now renewing their collaboration agreement. During 2021, it is planned that more than 2,000 children and young people (aged 8-16) will take part in the project, hailing from vulnerable communities with high rates of violence in towns in the metropolitan areas of Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
We intend to continue working to help thousands of children to escape violent environments. Together we can multiply our reach. Together, we can do it.