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Introducing Uberlândia Development Initiatives

In 2014, while living in Uberlândia, Brazil, I did some volunteering for an NGO called 'Centro de Formação Comunitário São Francisco de Assis.' Before I get into that, let me tell you about this great organization. Since the educational program they run is called 'Estacão Vida,' and this also seems to be part of their nom de guerre, I'll use that as shorthand for the entire operation.

Founded in 2004, Estacão Vida came together through the work of a group of people who saw a need to change the reality the Shopping Park neighborhood in Uberlândia. This is an underresourced neighborhood with approximately 40,000 residents. The people of this organization do their best for the community, and seek to be as sustainable as possible while they're at it.

In Brazil the elementary and high schools operate on a half day schedule. There is a morning session with a set of students who are done for the day by around noon. Then there's an afternoon session for a completely…

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