University of Life
In August 2007, I visited 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. For this reason, the University of Life was formed in 1990 to help those living in a slum area of Fortaleza. The 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.
The project operates with a Christian ethic, providing a loving and secure atmosphere in which to learn and flourish. The children have 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.