Viva Rio and the Municipal Secretariat of Social Development inaugurated in Thursday, September 12th, the first reformulated unit of the Casa Viva project, aimed to recuperate young crack users. Adilson Pires, deputy mayor and Secretary of Social Development; Rodrigo Abel, undersecretary of Social Development; and Rubem César Fernandes, Viva Rio’s executive-director, attended the ceremony.

The Casa Viva project was created in 2008 by the government of Rio de Janeiro and passed by a process of expansion with the inclusion of health policies, education and social assistance. The inaugurating unit, located in the neighborhood of Bonsucesso, has a computers room, a library, a game room, a toys room and a living room. Currently, 12 teenagers having 16 years old in average are sheltered in this house. “This is a space of restructuration for young people. We want them to reestablish links, to create memory and reintegrate in society”, stated the technical coordinator of the initiative, Marilia Rocha.

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