What We Do and How We Do It

​​​Tabajaras is located in the heart of Copacabana. This is the home of Project Favela. It is one of 5 favelas located in Copacabana. The approximate population of Tabajaras is around 15,000-20,000 residents.  The name Tabajaras pays tribute to the local indigenous tribe that once lived in the area. The community is actually made up of 3 communities all combined into one. The Botafogo side of the mountain is called Vila Rica and the other side is called Cabritos, however, the entire mountain and community are called Tabajaras.

The community is located atop a mountain surrounded by towering rock formations and tropical forests. Down below you will find world-famous Copacabana, the beach, and the Atlantic Ocean. Tabajaras has one of the best locations in "Zona Sul" and is very fortunate to have some of the best views in Rio, and there is always a delightful breeze that comes off of the sea and blows across the community. It is a sleepy beachside community that has a rich history of producing local legends in music, art, culture, and sports. The community actually has a long diverse history dating back to 1880. The streets and alleyways of Tabajaras are filled with bars, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, pizzerias, shops, and markets.

You can access Tabajaras quite easily by exiting the Siqueira Campos Metro Station, crossing the street, and simply start walking up the mountain, or taking Moto Taxi.

Make Learning Fun And Start Early

​​Project Favela

What We Do

​Our Community

​It is our goal and our mission to provide high-quality educational programs that have the ability to move the lives of our students forward and break the cycle of poverty. By providing educational opportunities that change the lives of our children we hope to make the world a better place one student, one child at a time. We hope we can set an example for others to follow that will bring about the creation of other educational programs and opportunities. In addition to demonstrating to the world that every child, if given proper education and access to higher education is capable of doing amazing and incredible things that will ripple out far beyond the favelas and communities of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.​​

​Our Mission and Vision

We operate a small school that provides free educational programs to the children of our community here in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. We have created a teaching system that delivers an intensive comprehensive educational program in our community that we hope will create enthusiastic learners that excel in academics. Children that are hungry for future opportunities that will come from education and mentoring and of course hard work, dedication, and commitment in the classroom.

We add a Brazilian twist to a classic Montessori Education model for our youngest children in order to adapt to the needs of the community. We have accomplished some amazing results, and the progress that the children have made has been and continues to be outstanding. We make learning fun, dynamic, and most importantly effective.  We get great results by combing our STEAM program with a Montessori classroom environment.

Our Early Childhood Education Program is focused on getting children classroom-ready first. Teaching them self-control, focus, and developing their cognitive and motor skill abilities is an extremely important part of what we do. These early steps allow us to grow with them and move into advanced material at a very early age with subjects such as science, technology, geography, art, math, and engineering. As our students grow we continue to challenge and push them along the way advancing and growing their critical- thinking and problem-solving skills. 

We combine a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) program with a rich creative expression and cultural program to make our program more than just fun but, comprehensive, effective, and results-driven. The school is open Monday through Friday from 9 am until 5 pm, seeing over 40 children pass through our door each day. Evenings at the project are reserved for our Girl Empowerment`Program, Dance, Music, and Theatre classes.


This is our belief and core to everything we do. Our objective is to deliver our students to university classrooms. A reality that is sadly just a fantasy for so many of Rio's children. Our strategy is to combine a curriculum of both academics and holistic well-being with a "pre vestibular" focus starting at age 6. We make learning fun and dynamic by using non-traditional techniques. We use art, games, challenges, activities, music, theatre, and even dance to teach almost all of our subjects. To get students engaged and to create enthusiastic learners the classroom must be dynamic and fun. Using creative ways to teach self-control, focus, and boundaries we can create a space that is conducive to learning and free from distraction, confusion, and bullying.

This allows us to teach advanced material at an early age and get tangible results.