The Favela Phoenix School lies in the heart of Rocinha, Rio de Janeiro, and offers free education in the English language to the residents of the favela from ages 8 through 80. Our aim is to promote better life and employment opportunities for the residents of Brazil’s largest slum area. The project is also partly funded by the walking tours of the favela which operate through Favela Phoenix.
General School Supplies:
Book Bags, Chalk, College-Ruled Paper, Colored Construction Paper, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Erasers, Handheld Pencil Sharpeners, Pencils, Pencil Cases/Bags, Pens, and Wide-Ruled Paper
(English and Portuguese) Dictionaries
(English and Portuguese) Alphabet
Laminated Wall Charts:
(English and Portuguese) Human Body, Language, and World Maps
(English and Portuguese) Age-Appropriate Story Books, and Language/Grammar
Acrylic Paints, Acrylic Paint Brushes, and Craft Glue
Tablets and Working Laptops
Puzzles and Scrabble
Markers, Pencils, Pens, Printer Paper, Scissors, and Staplers
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.