Black Pearls hire refugee from Venezuela to its Under-20 team


The Black Pearls Football Club arrives at the end of 2017 closer to the dream of becoming a global team of refugees. In addition to winning the Rio State Championship C Series, which moved the team up one rank in the competition, and the efforts to expand the project to the Middle East, a move […]

The power of women in Viva Rio


Viva Rio’s workforce is female, with 69.03% of women and 30.97% of men among the nearly 10,000 employees we have today. Viva Rio has always had women in leadership positions, but this was accentuated in 2007 as we started working in the health area. Today, 58% of our managing positions are occupied by women, who […]

A special year for the Black Pearls


The Black Pearls have many reasons to celebrate these holidays, after a year of hard work, victories, new achievements and exciting challenges ahead. The football team created by Viva Rio in Haiti to generate social impact has found consecration in Rio, with local and refugee athletes seeing their dreams of raising the trophy come true. […]

New horizons in Haiti


Viva Rio has been in Haiti for 13 years now and these holidays, with the partnership of the Government of Canada, we are renewing our presence in the country. Last November 29 we launched, with Haiti’s National Police, the Blue, Red and Green project, that works towards an integrated approach to security and development at […]



Viva Rio started as a simple demonstration, an act of rebellion against the wave of violence that hit Rio de Janeiro in the early 1990s. From the very beginning we acted in an atypical way, bringing people from the favelas together with the rest of the city, uniting religious and academic icons, artists and anonymous […]



  In 2004 the United Nations (UN) invited Viva Rio to participate in its peace mission in Haiti, due to our experience mediating conflicts in the communities of Rio de Janeiro. We arrived in Port-au-Prince, the capital of the Caribbean nation, to deal with armed clashes between rival gangs and a population suffering from precarious […]

Kids with disabilities enjoy nature in accessible park trail


Viva Rio has opened an inclusive trail in Mangaratiba State Park, which is interpretive, sensory and accessible for wheelchair users and people with low mobility. The so-called Curumin Trail connects in the Sahy Valley region with the Ruin Trail, a narrow strip of land between the mountain and the sea. The idea of ​​an adapted […]

Child soldiers from Congo find peace and friends in Capoeira


Capoeira for Peace (Capoeira por la Paix) has just made its first “baptism” and graduation at the Democratic Republic of Congo. The program uses capoeira to resocialize children who had been used as soldiers by armed groups in the African country. The initiative of the Brazilian Embassy and Unicef, with the support of the Amada […]

Black Pearls leads group in their first time in professional football


After 10 victories in 13 matches, Viva Rio’s football team, the Black Pearls FC, is leading its group with 31 points in the Series C of Rio Football Championship. First place in each group guarantees direct access to Series B, and now the team is two winning matches away from the dream of moving a […]

Young students share food, warm clothes and love with homeless people


Inspired by a lecture on Empathy and Volunteer Work, students from Viva Rio’s education program Jovem Aprendiz decided to put into practice what they were debating and got together to take the streets and distribute donations to homeless people. In less than 24 hours they collected kits that included water, fruit, biscuits, toiletries and warm […]