An impactful program for young people around the world

What started out as a simple football initiative in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro has blossomed into an international science-backed program with projects in the Netherlands, Haiti, Lesbos, Curaçao, and soon in Sudan. That’s not all, because Favela Street is far from finished. Our mission is to empower the young by creating new generations of role-models all over the world and provide them an opportunity for a better future. As director of Favela Street since 2014 I have been responsible for realizing the vision and developing the techniques of the organization. Together with researcher Laura Jonker I have developed a particular methodology and measurement tool in order to carry out extensive impact-assessments of our programs. Additionally, I provide on-site workshops as a trainer, which allows me to stay strongly connected with our target audience to whom we are committed.

Favela Street boosts the ability to believe in yourself

Our programs are specifically designed to help young people struggling with the consequences of social exclusion. These young people grow up in places often referred to as slums or disadvantaged neighborhoods. Society usually casts them aside and writes them off without giving them a chance. This has a hugely detrimental impact on their self-image and mindset. Through Favela Street young people learn to follow their dreams and shoot for the stars. We aspire to inspire them to become the next.

New approach on cooperation for development

The techniques and measurement tool that we have been developing and perfecting over the years have been received as a breath of fresh air in the world of development cooperation. We embrace and use culture change to our advantage during program implementation and impact measurement. All the knowledge and experiences gained on the matter are shared openly with our partners. Favela Street works together with the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Social Development, Labour and Welfare (SOAW) in Curaçao, and Nike in The Netherlands and France.

Favela Street Girls, Brazil

With the Favela Street Girls program in Brazil, we successfully trained young women in the neighbourhoods of Complexo da Penha in Rio de Janeiro to become children’s football coaches in just two years’ time. To this day, they’re actively organizing weekly football activities on the very same pitch where it all started back in 2014.

Favela Street, Haiti

Favela Street Haiti joined forces with local youth organization Sakala in Cité Soleil, near the capital Port-au-Prince, from 2015 to 2017. The group of 15 young people who successfully completed the workshop-program have been working hard to organize football activities in their neighbourhoods.

Favela Street, Curaçao

Favela Street Curaçao teamed up with the Ministry of Social Development, Labour and Welfare (SOAW) in Curaçao to launch a two-year personal development program for young people on the island. As part of the urgent anti-poverty government plan Favela Street has been working to improve social structures in impoverished neighbourhoods. The program started in 2019 and finished in 2021 with 20 young coaches active in the program.

Favela Street Connect, The Netherlands

In collaboration with Nike, we set up the personal development program Favela Street Connect in The Netherlands. The aim is to provide newly naturalized Dutch citizens with the opportunity to develop themselves as sports coaches, in addition to connecting them with Nike employees to gain new skills and knowledge and expand their networks. The program has been running since 2016 and is based in the Mundus College in Amsterdam-West.

Favela Street, Sudan

Favela Street Sudan was formed through a collaboration with both the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Dutch Embassy in Sudan. The two-year program started in 2020 with more than 20 young women in Khartoum. Through sports we seek to empower these driven young women to become the new generation of female sports leaders.

Favela Street West

Favela Street West, Amsterdam

Every Monday evening a group of young girls are taught by inspiring, mostly female trainers. Many of these trainers have a professional sport background and radiate strength, positivity and enthusiasm. Favela Street offers participants a safe environment where they can have fun, develop themselves and can discover ’the world outside the West’. Through our program they have the opportunity to dream (big) and become role models. This program is a collaboration with West Beweegt.




Favela Street is always on the lookout for new partnerships and is eager to develop new programs in different locations. In order to make genuine progress towards a sustainable impact, we share our methodology and custom measurement tools with our partners. Are you interested to learn more? Please contact us via info@favela-street.com.

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