Luta pela Paz

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Maré, one of the biggest favelas in Rio de Janeiro, has suffered decades of drug related violence. Young people growing up there face high levels of poverty, limited public services, social and economic exclusion and human rights abuses. Fight for Peace (FFP) began working in Maré as a direct response to youth involvement in drug-related crime and violence. FFP uses boxing and martial arts combined with education and personal development to help young people in Mare reach their potential. Recent results show that children who attend FFP are 68% less likely to commit a crime or carry a weapon – a significant change in a community marked by violence. Last year, 122 young people in Mare gained employment thanks to the work of FFP and a further 210 young people were supported through primary and secondary level programmes.

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