Projeto Kirimurê (PK) Is the exclusive project of the IMA – Instituto Mestre Acordeon, a nonprofit Brazilian organization entirely dedicated to enriching the lives of vulnerable children at risk who live in the Alto da Bela Vista, Itapuã. Our aim is to provide the highest quality and lasting experience for Kirimurê participants in proportion to our limited funds. Our hope with the younger children is to influence them from an earlier age on. The older children we have nurtured are now assisting classes and giving continuity to our program, thus benefitting as well in their new capacities as role models while gaining experiences that we anticipate will present them with opportunities in the future.
We provide a safe and nurturing space to minimize the time that the children spend on the street, as well as to provide developmental tools to complement the limited formal education they may get. We place an emphasis on the teaching of capoeira. Through the practice of capoeira we are opening a dialogue with the children about who they are, why they are special, where they come from, and how to find positive solutions to seemingly impossible problems. As they learn the game of capoeira, its music, history and philosophy, they are developing physical and emotional strength, discovering their roots, and building self-esteem and character.
We also offer literacy classes, homework help, psychological attendance, workshops in health and environmental education, traditional arts and crafts, as well as field trips to cultural and educational events. We give them a nutritious daily snack and celebrate many holidays and special occasions together. We work to involve their families as much as we can, including through the coordination of an active mothers association AMABEL (Associação de Mães de Bela Vista de Itapuã).