Club Copa Leme, RJ
«Capoeira encounter brings together 400 children»
Jornal do Brasil, RJ
Photo caption: The children play capoeira in an encounter organized by mestre Marrom (on the right) which also had as a visitor mestre Gato Preto, a bahian who has been immortalized in the novels of Jorge Amado
Paulo Nicciola(?)'s photos
Four hundred children between 2 and 12 years of age participate in the 5th Children's Capoeira Encounter during the weekend, in club Copaleme, in Leme. Organized by the Association Marrom Capoeira and Students, the event collected books that will be donated to the Association of the Inhabitants of the Chapéu Mangueira Hill, in Leme. With the theme The quarrel between a small and a big boy, the encounter brought together children of private schools and communities in need of the South Zone of Rio. Commanded by Henrique Jesus, Mestre Marrom, the children participated in an initiation ritual of capoeira and watched the presentations of the Daring Troupe and of the National Circus School.
"Only working with the children of the hill is not sufficient because the ones living on asphalt also have family problems and influenced by drugs. Besides that, putting these two groups together using capoeira generates friendshio between them", says Mestre Marrom. Capoeirista for 20 years, Mestre Marrom is responsible for a group of capoeiristas who, besides giving classes in private schools, do also community work with children from the hills of Chapéu Mangueira, Dona Marta and Babilônia.
Mestre - In the encounter, the group launched the CD Marrom Capoeira and students and was visited by the legendary Mestre Gato Preto, a bahian capoeirista, who has been immortalized in the novels of the writer Jorge Amado. "Besides the school, we need to give an occupation to the children. Occupying the mind with capoeira, they stay far from the drugs", analized the master.
While the little capoeiristas give a presentation, institutions that shelter the street children and adolescents were visited by the British Airways Runners - a group of employees of the aviation company British Airways, that do voluntary work for the entities around the world.
The curator of The Abandoned Street Kids of Brazil (Task-Brasil), brazilian Lígia Ferreira da Silva - who's been living in London for 12 years - accompanied the voluntaries. "Our work is not limited to the material help, the street kid also needs affection and self-esteem. Without this, he won't be able to reintegrate to the society and the family", says Lígia.