In August 2007, I travelled with a team from the UK to Brazil to visit the “University of Life” in Fortaleza on the North coast of Brazil.
Many children in Brazil drop out of school at an early age and end up on the streets. The University of Life was formed in 1990 to help those living in a slum area of the beach resort town of Fortaleza on the North East coast of Brazil. At the University of Life children are given extra education and encouragement to make it through the state system, enabling them to have a better chance of obtaining a job.
As well as giving them a good education, the project operates with a Christian ethic, providing a loving and secure atmosphere in which to learn and flourish. To help prevent the slum children becoming street children this project assists them with their state school homework and offers the children classes in sports, drama, music, English, typing, computing and Christianity. A nutritional meal, dental and medical assistance are also provided along with 'horizon broadening' excursions to the zoo and other areas. Univida Website