Copacabana, Ipanema, carnival, samba, Christ the Redeemer and Maracana are places and landmarks we always associate with Rio, the breathtaking metropolis by the Sugarloaf Mountain.

The happy-go-lucky attitudes of the locals and their joy for life can still be felt in the pulsating beats of the drums and in the smiling faces of the dancing people. But the signs of recession are increasingly visible all around.

Workers without pay, forgotten pensioners, people with special needs left without any government support or infrastructures. Rio is broke! Whole families are forced to live on the streets and children in particular are at greater risk (to get involved in crime or trafficking,) and therefore deserve a better chance in life.


With the purchase of a "Christ is crying (too)" key ring by designer N.J.Franco you can support the children of Rio, through the charity Gamboaacao in Rio, with recommended by the Brasilienportal.