Unfortunately one of the things Brazil is known for is the number of street children (Hecht 3). Street children have become an intense problem and much social action is rising to aid their need. In Brazil, many of the street children are or were favela children. The favelas, slums that fester with trash, danger, and sickness, almost never leave children and adolescents with nearly a chance for something better. However, the organization EDISCA’ s mission is to assist these children, adolescents, and their families with tangible answers and hope. EDISCA brings children and adolescents from the favelas, to instruct them in the arts, meet their physical needs, and better their formal education. It was my objective in this paper to explore the importance of dance and the arts in the transformation of the life of an adolescent or child, in addition to EDISCA’ s approach of satisfying the basic needs. This document explains what factors have been necessary within EDISCA to change the direction of a child or adolescent from the favelas that may be at-risk for the street.
Jessica Allen, ’07 Peyton, CO
Majors: Global Poverty and Social Justice, Sociology
Sponsor: Richard Peterson