Humana Brazil took sports closer to the children
and youth of the poorest communities in the municipality of Cansanção.
The action took place during the days of 27, 29, 30 and 31 of December and it was carried out by the staff of Humana with the help of local community leaders. In the communities of Capoeira and Alagoinhas, the chosen theme was football. Local teams were lined up according to the age, with the games being played till the last minute, always in an atmosphere of high sports ethics. In the end, on top of an enhanced snack, two balls were offered to the community so that the local facilitators can continue to provide young people living and learning moments like this. The community of Lagoa da Baixa antecipated Rio2016 and enjoyed the first Olympics on Brazilian soil. The theme was Athletics and three were the chosen disciplines: long-jump, sprint and mini-marathon. The children and youth were divided into four levels, namely: feminine under 10 and under 12 and masculine under 10 and under 12. Although some activities were new to the participants and their families, there were received with great enthusiasm and the activity was a great success. In the end, all participants were given a reinforcing snack and the winners were awarded medals. The traditional sport was the chosen theme in the community of Mandacaru. The event began with the marathon which featured a veritable crowd of children. Then, the less orthodox tests of sack-race and the race of “egg on a spoon” made the delight of the families that tried to support their athletes. The race of obstacles with a bicycle was also a success, but what really caused uproar in the crowd was the donkey race, a kind of local Formula 1, where victory seemed to depend more on the will of the ass than on the skills of the pilot. In the end there was a reinforced snack for everybody and trophies and small chicken were distributed to the winners. Everyone took home an oral hygiene kit consisting of toothbrush and toothpaste. This set of activities was part of a week dedicated to citizenship, conducted by Humana Brazil and partners during the last week of 2011. Apart from the staff and the interns of the NGO, the events couted with the participation of local leaders and groups of youth.