Jardim Joao Paulo II, Dourados, Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil
The Marist Solidarity promotes and defends the rights of children and young people through programs and projects. The Marist Institution has consultative status with the UN Commission on Human Rights through the Marist Foundation of International Solidarity. The network develops initiatives for children’s rights, and also directly serves about 16 thousand children and young people in situations of social vulnerability.
The Centro Marista Dourados (MS) uses Capoeira and its various expressions, including dance, music, game, fight, sport, culture, folklore, history and philosophy, to create a sense of community and belonging, inspiring cooperation and mutual respect, in physical, cultural, social and leisure activities.
Last year, the center hosted its second annual capoeira festival, with mestres attending from many regions and states of Brazil. The center hosts samba, maculelê, and benguela classes, as well as forums on Afro-Brazilian culture.