Activities Report 2022
The support of educational and social projects in Brazil by the Avante Educação Brasil Foundation runs through the following programs:
1. Mais Caminhos
2. Eco Caminhos Apprenticeship (apprenticeship)
3. Support Davi and family
- Mais Caminhos
The Mais Caminhos program is aimed at providing education and supporting children in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro. It mainly concerns children from the favelas Cantagalo and Pavao Pavaozinho of Rio. The program is run by the Caminhos Language Center in Rio de Janeiro and run by students who learn Portuguese at the school and volunteer for this program. For a report of the activities in 2022 click here (link to the pdf of the report).
- Eco Caminhos Apprenticeship (apprenticeship)
The Avante Educação foundation also supports the apprenticeship program of Eco Caminhos. An Eco farm near Nova Friburgo in the state of Rio de Janeiro. The eco farm aims to become completely self-sufficient. Houses are built with natural materials, food forests are planted and the farm also receives volunteers, eco-tourists from all over the world. The Eco Farm also receives underprivileged young people who are trained for three months to two years. Young people can specialize in bio-construction or food forests. They also learn how to behave in the labor market and how to take care of themselves: cleaning, cooking and money management. In 2022, there were four teenagers. Three of them successfully completed the program. One of them is now contracted by Eco Caminhos, two have left abroad after meeting a girlfriend within Eco Caminhos. In 2023, two new apprentices have started and two more will be selected, at least one of which will be a girl.
- Support Davi and family
The Avante Educação Brasil Foundation has been supporting Davi Porfirio and his siblings for many years. They spent an important part of their childhood in the children’s home Caminhos near Rio de Janeiro. Davi then spent a year as a guest son in Genhout Beek with the Pirson family. He then went on to study and works at the Caminhos Language Center where he is involved in social activities. Two brothers and a sister are now adults and stand on their own two feet. There is another brother Tiago who is fifteen years old and is currently in school. Davi plans to move to France in 2023 where his girlfriend lives. Luciana’s sister Davi will continue to take care of Tiago. Luciana doesn’t earn enough money to support Tiago. Davi first has to find a job in France and make ends meet on his own. Until then, we will continue with financial support. We therefore kindly ask the donors to continue supporting for at least another three years until Tiago is an adult.
The foundation is supported by about 40 sponsors who make an annual / monthly amount available.The AEB Foundation also fundraises for annual projects and organizes benefit events to raise money.
The board consists of Jan Bijen chairman, Jascha Lewkowitz secretary treasurer and Maarten Vonhögen secretary.