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Redes da Maré is a civil society organization created out of community mobilization in the 1980s in the favelas of Maré. It was officialized in 2007 with the mission of developing the necessary networks to ensure the rights of the population of the 16 favelas of Maré, where approximately 140 thousand people live. Its social projects directly benefit more than 4,500 residents, in addition to their families and neighbors.


These include actions in education, art, culture, collective memory, public safety, and territorial development, seeking to overcome historical inequalities faced by the favela populations while focusing on certain social segments, such as children, young people, and women. The work is founded on the mobilization and protagonism of the local community and the coordination of a wide network of partners, engaging in dialogue with institutions, civil society, universities, public agencies, and the private sector.


In the face of the pandemic, and understanding that the population in the favelas would be the most affected, in March 2020 Redes da Maré launched a campaign named "Maré diz NÃO ao coronavírus" (Maré says NO to the coronavirus), which began with the emergency goal of ensuring food security to the most vulnerable population. Between March and December, we distributed food baskets, personal hygiene and cleaning items to 18,000 families, benefiting about 55,000 people directly.


In addition to these actions, the campaign operates on six action fronts, funded by companies and individuals, to provide a better picture of what needs to be done given the current moment: food security, income generation, access to rights and health care, prevention, production and dissemination of reliable information and content, and support to artists and local cultural groups.


In 2021, the campaign opened three priority action fronts, given the demands of the population at this moment: Food Security; Right to Education; and Health Care. Learn more at


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