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Favela Surf Clube

Field of intervention
Vocational training
Supported organization
Favela Surf Clube
Country and localization
Brazil, Rio de Janeiro
Supported people
100 young people from underprivileged communities
Project helped in
Amount of the support
20,000 euros

Training of young people in difficulty in the creation and repairs of surfboards

Favela Surf Clube (FSC) is a Brazilian NGO created in 1998 by the inhabitants of a Rio favela (shanty town) to help local young people to avoid gang life or step out of it. To keep the youngsters away from drugs and violence, the NGO develops projects based on sports, music and the environment.

The NGO has many initiatives based on surfing, including a workshop teaching disadvantaged youths how to repair, restore and build surfboards. This professional training allows them to develop skills that will help their insertion in the job market.

The Accor Foundation* has supported the acquisition of equipment to allow the workshop to train more young people and increase the number of boards it can manufacture and repair.

* In 2013, the Accor Foundation became Solidarity Accor.

The project holder
Leticia Woodrow
Marketing Department, Sofitel Rio de Janeiro, Accor Brazil

For years I have been involved in social projects, such as teaching English for children at the Santa Marta favela. It is a pleasure to support projects that give the under-privileged the opportunity for a better future.