Assis, São Paulo – Brazil
Project started: August 2006
Geographic setting: Urban
Children participating per week: 60+
Local Church Partner: Independent Presbyterian Church of Paulista Garden
Economy: Mix of agricultural and manufacturing
Challenges: Poverty, drug traffic, addiction, violence, high male incarceration, youth prostitution
Interesting tidbits: This, the very first Open Arms outreach project, was started by our founders, Michael & Patricia Meyers, with 30 children and a handful of volunteers in a little one room church. We’ve come a long way since then!