Casa do Zezinho was founded in 1994 to enable at risk local children from the Parque Santo Antonio community. This region has the highest rate of violence in the city of São Paulo. At Casa do Zezinho young people are taught independent thinking through its teaching methodology: the Arco Iris Pedagogy.
Initially supporting seven children, Casa do Zezinho now serves more than 1,500 young people a year – known as the Zezinhos. Casa do Zezinho supports children from the age of six years old and upwards, offering further education and work experience opportunities to teenagers and also supporting 300 community members and 120 elderly. The charity’s goal is to provide its beneficiaries with autonomy over their future, helping them to develop to their maximum potential.