Education and sports for underprivileged children age 4 till 14


Edwin Roodenburg
Edwin Roodenburg studied development geography and is a tennis teacher. He has years of experience in organizing and giving sports lessons in various favelas in Rio. Edwin in the founder of Estrela da Favela and is responsible for the fundraising.
Edna Silveira
Edna has over twenty years of experiencing in managing an orphanage and working with traumatized children. She studied social assistance and law. Edna has a lot of experience with Brazilian bureaucracy and acts as a bridge between the Brazilian and European cultures.
Tatiana Emilião Elídio
Social worker / teacher
Tatiana is a social worker with more than ten years of experience. Takes care of the elder student - aged 9 till 14 - teaching them Portugese, math, geography, history and many more subjects.
Joice Cardoso
pedagogue / teacher
Joice has a pedagogical degree and studied child psychology. She has years of experience in social child psychology, nursery and primary school education. Joyce teaching the age group 4 till 9 - using a lot of playful and creative techniques.
Maiara Gonçalves de Abreu
pedagogue / teacher
Maiara is a pedagogue. She is experienced in the alphabetization of large classes in places with difficult circumstances. Together with Joice she works with a differentiated and playful method with the elementary school group. She also organizes days to encourage children to read.
Renata Mendes
Math teacher
Renata is the teacher of Math en chemistry. Besides her general teaching, Renata prepares groups of girls and boys for higher education entrance exams.
Sonia is a resident of the neighborhood and grandmother of two of our students. Every day she provides delicious and healthy meals for all children and teachers. Part of the project is to serve children fruits and vegatables they never ate before.
Vinícius Araújo
Football coach
Vinicius, born in Mangueira, provides football training on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Van Oord sponsored football court that is situated in front of the project. Besides the general football techniques, Vinicius also focusses on discipline, sportsmanship and teamspirit. Vinicius completed the Brazilian sports academy.
Elise Roodenburg
Communication and content manager
Elise is a documentary filmmaker and anthropologist. She is living partly in Rio de Janeiro and partly in Amsterdam. Elise arranges everything about communication, PR and digital / visual material.
Júlio César de Paula
Júlio is a retired professor from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro, with a great network and a lot of international experience. Júlio teaches Math and contributes to fund raising in Brasil, by organizing beneficiary events.