Mais Caminhos is our social program, offering educational and cultural activities for underprivileged local Brazilian children and teenagers. Our philosophy is to support motivated underprivileged children and offer them tools that can help change their lives. We offer education, theater, dance and recreation to children from ages 8 through 17 years old in Ipanema, Rio de Janeiro. We also more recently started a new English program teaching English to children and young adults.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Dry-Erase Markers, Erasers, Glue Sticks, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Markers, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Rulers
(English and Portuguese) Dictionaries
(*English and Portuguese) *Alphabet, *Math, and *Word
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and Portuguese) Human Body, Language, Math, Science, and World Maps
(*English and Portuguese) *Age-Appropriate Story Books, *Biology, *General Science, *Health, *Language/Grammar, and *Math
Acrylic Brushes and Paints, Beads for Bead Work, Buttons, Craft Glue, Craft Scissors, and Watercolor Brushes and Paints
Flash Drives/Memory Sticks, Tablets, and USB Cables
Frisbees and Soccer Balls
New or Gently Used Children’s Clothing and Shoes
Listed on this page are the specific needs requested by the community project(s) so you can choose exactly what to pack for a purpose and express your gratitude to the local community with the supplies you take them. If you prefer, you may reach out directly to them to inquire about items which may be available for purchase locally. Arranging visits to community projects is beyond the scope of our mission. If you wish to visit a project, contact the participant and they can let you know what is possible.
Candy and balloons are not on the needs list as they are harmful for the children and the environment for the following reasons:
• Few of the children benefiting from these projects have access to toothpaste, toothbrushes, or a dentist. The candy promotes cavities.
• The balloons once they become deflated are a choking hazard for local wildlife.
Instead of taking candy or balloons, use that space for additional requested supplies, as they are priceless.