We of the Two Brothers Foundation have changed our name to Conviva Brazil and broadened the focus of our mission promoting education in low-income communities to include a new emphasis on sustainable ecology. After nearly two decades working in the favela of Rocinha, in Rio de Janeiro, the new focus of our activities is in the northern capital Belém do Pará, in Brazil's Eastern Amazon region, where we are also working to protect the Amazon Rainforest and its diverse peoples.
Our current goals include supporting the Associação Cultural Zambo Capoeira (ASCZAC) in its important work with at-risk youths in Belém’s neighborhood of Jurunas and the revitalization of the Bio-Botanical Park of the Museu Emílio Goeldi, one of the leading institutions for conducting research and raising awareness about the Amazon Basin. Though we are not currently accepting volunteers for work on the ground in Belém, those interested in collaborating are invited to join our monthly donors group, Conviva Friends, through our PayPal account (or make a one-time donation).
The Portuguese word "conviva" is an imperative meaning "live well together," not just in the sense of tolerance or a "live and let live" attitude but in the coexistentialist sense that only in living together do we truly live well. We thank our past supporters from Rocinha and around the world for the work they've contributed to the cause of social and global justice through our organization throughout the years and encourage them to move forwards with us in this exciting new phase of our activities.