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Cooperative Center for the Development of Children and Adolescents

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In case of donations above $400,00 USD or EURO, we suggest and ask that you make a bank transfer via IBAN - BIC/SWIFT due to the high taxes imposed on CCDIA.

As an example:

Through a bank transfer of 400,00 USD, CCDIA will be taxed 13,00 USD + 0,38% of the total value.

Through a PAYPAL payment of any value, we are taxed 4,00% of the total value.

Thank you!



IBAN: BR 4760 7011 90 0005 9000 0022 80 6 C 1





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Over 23 Years of Making Children Our Number One Priority


CCDIA is the Cooperative Center for Childhood and Adolescence Development working in the state of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. For over 23 years, CCDIA has prevented children from poor communities (favelas) from dropping out of school. Through free programs offered before or after school, children are given daily assistance, encouragement, and guidance in completing their school work so that they stay in school and successfully progress in their education.


Presently, CCDIA is working in Niterói and Itaboraí, two cities within the state of Rio de Janeiro. The work is strongly linked to churches and individual partners that support the community educational approach of CCDIA. With an independent administration and substantial creativity, CCDIA and our partners are working together to forever change the lives of children and adolescents throughout the state of Rio.


CCDIA is a federally recognized non-profit organization that derives its financial support from individual and private donations, and at the moment, without help from any government institutions. We are always looking for people to support us financially in our work to keep children in school and off the streets.



Altair Souza de Assis, fundador do CCDIA

Although the organization CCDIA was officially started in 1991 by Dr. Altair Souza de Assis, its roots go back much further. Altair was born in a slum/favela in Duque de Caxias in 1953 and was a resident of the Morro do Alemão favela in the 1970s. Altair eventually earned a doctorate in physics and has worked as a Professor with the Department of Applied Mathematics at the Federal University Fluminense in Niterói for many years.


Alarmed at the numbers of street kids in Niterói in the 1980s, Altair began making initial contact with the children and adolescents who roamed the streets in 1986. Moved to respond to the growing problem of children dropping out of school and ending up on the streets in Niterói, in 1988 he took part in an advanced leadership course at the Haggai Institute in Singapore. He also took part in various meetings with the National Foundation for the Welfare of Minors that was searching for answers to the street kids issue.


In 1989, using statistics acquired from a study he conducted, Altair showed that the children in the streets of Niterói were originally from the slums/favelas of Niterói and other surrounding cities, and were not homeless, but were entering the street life because their parents were not at home to supervise their daily activities and assure that they were attending school. He decided to adopt a strategy aimed at keeping the kids in school, providing supervised academic assistance in after school hours, and helping the children to develop emotionally, spiritually and physically.


Thus he began the first CCDIA center in the city of São Gonçalo in the state of Rio de Janeiro in 1991. Since shortly thereafter, CCDIA has conducted its activities at centers in Niterói and Itaboraí.


To foster feelings of respect, dignity and hope in those we help so that they can become productive and caring citizens in our society.


To create and support social and educational activities together with poor communities and their leaders, as well as developing programs in partnership with schools, churches, voluntary groups and public universities to train, orientate and give a vision to children and teenagers so they may have a more healthy and integral development and are better equipped within a family, educational and community environment.

To improve the lives of children and teens in poor communities through:


• Creating and operating social and educational centers that help them to stay in school and achieve academic success.

• Focusing on holistic development so that they are equipped to function within their family, educational and community environments.

• Partnering with community leaders, schools, churches, volunteer groups and public universities to help support and provide services at the centers.

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