OUR STORY BEGAN WITH A SIMPLE POWERFUL VISION
Fight for a Kid is the social project that works directly with underprivileged children who are living in poverty and may not have access to basic necessities, such as food, clean water, sanitation and medicine. Fight for a kid, today helps children and adolescents in the “ghettos” (favelas) “Curicica” and “Rocinha”, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, also the community in Macapá, North of Brazil. The project is to provide an opportunity for humble children and young people allowing those discoveries to influence the trajectory of their lives and those of their families. Through the practice of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, these children have been discovering a power to change their circumstances and situation, a power to choose a good way forward, not one riddled by drugs and violence. Kids on the streets selling water or asking for some money to help their families is a typical image you will see in Rio de Janeiro,Brazil. The report from Agência Brasil – SP published in April 2018, In Brazil, over 40 percent of children and adolescents 14 years old or younger live in a poor home—a total of 17.3 million young people. Those facing extreme poverty amount to 5.8 million, or 13.5%. Poverty and extreme poverty are characterized by a monthly household income per capita of up to half and a fourth of Brazil’s minimum wage ($277), respectively. Brazil is a vast and extremely unequal country, so if you look at regional figures, you see that poorer regions concentrate the worst indicators for education, access to water and sanitation, and access to day care, for example.