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Recife est une ville de 2.5 millions d'habitants située dans le Nord Est du Brésil. On peut y voir quelques-unes des plus anciennes constructions coloniales, portugaises, hollandaises et françaises du Brésil. On the outskirts of the city are a number of favalas or slum areas with large numbers of impoverished Brazilians including many children. It is on the edge of one of the favalas where Pro-Criança started and continues to have one of its main buildings inviting young children into a safe environment where they might begin to learn. Through the efforts of many sponsors and the continued hard work of the staff of Pro-Criança they are now opening a second building that will show off not only the craft work of the children but also house their resident dance company, Companhia de Música e Dança Andarilho, and even offer a cafe to the public as a way to generate more funding.
We live in the area known as Piedade and our appartment, graciously loaned to us by Sebastion Barito Campello, is minutes away from the beach. While we are not in the richest area of Recife we are afforded the luxury of a safe neighbourhood and a clean place to stay. We are six in a severly cosy space but with enough work between all of us that there is little time to step on each others toes.