Fresh Air for RIO Youth

This is a great article about an organization in RIO using rock climbing to reach at-risk youth.  In RIO, Centro de Escalada Urbana (CEU) reaches out to children of the favelas, taking them on rock climbing adventures weekly.  Read on to find out how an activity normally reserved for the privileged is having a positive impact on RIO’s youth. –

Andrew Lenz, left, provides multi-pitch climbing instruction to Jonas Silva, 16, one of Centro de Escalada Urbana’s most dedicated students. Just two

Sports Initiative Brings Soccer to RIO Girls

Check out this cool article about PlayLife, an initiative based in RIO that encourages girls to rise above stereotypes and compete in soccer programs. PlayLife has operated for more than a year and was established by Shanna and Ky Adderly, collegiate athletes who moved to RIO in 2012. –

Cutting Edge Fashion Comes to Praça Tiradentes

Joining the artists and designers who, in recent years, have made Praça Tiradentes home to their galleries and studios, Frey Kalioubi moved into the area in July.  A boutique, Frey Kalioubi brings cutting edge fashion to the area.  The boutique space is located on the second floor of a house built by Portuguese bakers in the 1920s and offers guests coffee and a small bookshop in addition to cutting-edge clothing. –

Planning for Olympic Games Means Relocation for Some Residents

This article claims that the Rio de Janeiro city government is relocating many families to make room for transport and other infrastructure projects related to the 2016 Olympic Games.  In the North Zone alone, nearly 400 families have already been moved.  Disagreements over the legal status of these properties have left many of these families with no compensation for their loss. –

The Butterfly House Reopens

After being closed for nearly three years, the butterfly house at Fiocruz has been reopened just in time for the 2015 National Science and Technology Week.  Visitors can experience different types of butterflies in and environment very close to their natural surroundings.  Fiocruz, the foundation that maintains the butterfly house, manages an eight hundred thousand square meter campus in RIO. –