Espaço Democrático de União, Convivência, Aprendizagem e Prevenção 
Extension of existing NGO for education.

Complexo do Alemão, Rio de Janeiro. 


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EDUCAP (Democratic Space of Union, Living Together, Learning and Prevention) was founded in 2008 by Lúcia Cabral. Lúcia was raised inside Complexo do Alemão, a favela in the northern part of Rio de Janeiro, which is well known for being one of the most violent territories of Brazil. She is an educator, social worker and activist and has worked with many accredited institutions in Brazil such as CEDAPS, SESI, VIVA Rio and UNICEF. In 2010 Complexo do Alemão underwent a military operation (the area had been physically blocked from the state police by drug trafficking agencies for about 15 years). This signified a major change. Alemão received a cable car system, which represented the opening of this area to the provision of state infrastructure. This area is about the size of all of downtown Boston and there are no schools inside. EDUCAP is an NGO that serves the community by running programs of complementary education for all age groups. It is also a major contact for social services within the community. Lúcia Cabral registers and identifies families in need of assistance, operating as a bridge to the public sector. But she has currently no financial support from the government or any private agency. Lúcia worked for the community in her backyard until 2012 when she received from the British Embassy a donation of infrastructure, which are a few containers with two classrooms and administration rooms. At that time, she also received funding from private donors. But currently there is no support. Security granted by the 2010 military operation gradually decreased and Alemão now is becoming extremely violent (daily shootings between drug factions and police) and most attention given to this area has vanished. There is no other NGO currently operating at Alemão with an educational agenda as EDUCAP. This is the place where all kids run to. Lúcia is by herself hosting small programs for which she finds sponsoring, but they are sporadic. Brazil Foundation is supporting a Women’s Rights Project there during the month of February, for example. Lúcia covers up herself the expenses during months when no projects are running. EDUCAP is very well know and respected in the community. It also performs as a valuable source of community identity in a context of extreme social vulnerability. We have elaborated a project of revitalization and expansion to help bring EDUCAP to its fullest potential of operation and ask for support.

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Design Team: Marina Correia and Natália Castro and Tyler Souza.

Contributions: Fabiana Araújo (Fábrica Arquitetura)