Over 50% of children in Brazil live under the poverty line. Many young people live on the streets and, as a result, are confronted with violence on a daily basis. Their environment is deplorable, with child trafficking, drugs, prostitution, hard labour, begging, and sexual exploitation representing daily struggles.
At Wind-Up Penguin, we want to ensure every child gets access to the crucial elements of a healthy childhood: laughter, stories, games, and a safe space to play and be creative. Which is why, in 2015 and 2019, two of our teams brought new music-theatre performances to over 4000 children in orphanages, favelas, excluded communities and special needs centres. We shared our music and theatre activities in Rio’s favelas, and in the Pará region which hosts some of the country’s poorest communities, working closely alongside NGOs on the ground.