Brazil: ARCO is a relief organisation founded in 1991 in Sao Paulo. Today the initiative assists and educates more than 500 children and teenagers aged 1-21, coming from disadvantaged backgrounds. With the help of various ways of social work the institution puts in a lot of effort to support the poorest of the poor with the broadest care they can possibly give. This should help those in need to embrace their lives in a brave and dynamic way. Part of the initiative is the home Casa Iris, the kindergarten (121 children), an afternoon assistance facility for kids falling under compulsory education and the program reading, writing and arithmetic with quality.