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La Vida -Viva a Vida

“Young people will undertake workshops in Drug Prevention,  Life Plan activities  and Community Prevention Activities.”

Project Co-ordinator: Ana Beatriz Alencar
Location: Camaçari, Bahia, Brazil


  • La Vida provides financial support
  • Viva a Vida is the only organisation working to prevent drug use in the area and we have been very impressed by their approach.


Description of Project

La Vida has made a grant to Brazilian drug prevention charity Viva a Vida which operates in Camaçari, Bahia, North-East Brazil.

Viva a Vida is running a three year “Healthy Choices” Project aimed at disadvantaged teenagers and those most at risk from drugs and gangs. The young people will undertake a year of Drug Prevention Workshops, two years of intense Life Plan activities for the most at-risk pupils, and two years of Community Prevention Activities for young people seeking to be Drug Prevention multipliers in their community. In parallel, they will continue working with their Theatre Group as a tool for school and community reflection and multiplication and develop a Parents Group in order to establish a Parents and Community Prevention Committee.

Viva a Vida is the only organisation working to prevent drug use in the area and we have been very impressed by their approach.

In Year 1 of the Healthy Choices Project (2015) a Classroom Instructor will run at least 24 classroom-based Drug Prevention workshops for 120+ state school pupils aged 12-17. The workshops are organized around 3 areas (Valuing Myself, Citizenship & Life Plans) and family members will be invited to participate in at least one workshop in each of the three areas. The workshops will debate drugs in a playful and dynamic way, based on the young people’s experiences, utilising Viva a Vida’s own theoretical framework and methodology. For some of the workshops they will invite Arts Educators (specialists in Hip-Hop, Graffiti, Audio-visual Arts, etc.) to work alongside the Classroom Instructor in transforming the drug-related themes into an artistic production.


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