Education and sports for underprivileged children age 4 till 14

SERIES Behind the Scenes: Joice

In our series ‘behind the scenes at Estrela da Favela’, meet Joice, who has been working with us as an educator and (nursery) teacher for five years.

Who is Joice?
I would describe myself as calm, understanding and I always try my best. I always want the best for everyone. I was born in the city of Paracambi and grew up in Japeri. Since I got I am living in Nova Iguaçu. I am married to my husband Fernando, with whom I have two beautiful children, Náilla aged 10 and Hector aged 7. My biggest dream is to build my own house.

I am a teacher and a social worker at Instituto Estrela da Favela. My work focuses on values, citizenship, personal care and health, and it provides tutoring to enhance school outcomes. To enrich our activities we use games, storytelling, videos and dialogue.

Why do I work at Estrela da Favela? I would like to contribute to the story of many children, I would like to be remembered by them as they grow up, as the aunty who helped them to become an important person.

One of the most beautiful moments in Estrela da Favela was the initiation of our kitchen. From then on, there are lunches and snacks for the children. That is very important for many children.

I hope to remember forever the faces of every child of Estrela da favela who has been with us.

In five years’ time, I hope Estrela da Favela will be even better than today. I am convinced that we will have a larger space where we will have more activities. Our work will be even better.