the project


Pia Societá Don Nicola Mazza - Missione di Olinda

The project in Olinda, an ancient beautiful town in the Pernabuco state, supports the right to study and offers a solid ground to develop for 90 young's, in between 14 and 18, who want to get the opportunity to access to University.


We prepare the students on a whole range of matters to get ready to the university selection exam (Vestibular), which is a pretty hard stopper for almost 90% of the poors students, coming usually unprepared from average schools in the favelas quarters.


In these pages we will guide you around this opportunity with some videos where you can see the school experience with the eyes of students and teachers.


At the moment all the videos are mainly in Italian and portuguese - we apologize for that.



Who can benefit of this project?


All the activities support students coming from 6 secondary schools of the poor neighbor area of Olind, with a total school population of around 5 thousands students and 600 teachers. The admission to Casa Melotto is based on a model which takes carefully in account the merits and commitment as well as the financial conditions of the family.


The project in action


- Organization of courses of "integral education", which is comprehensive not only of all the schools matters but also of activities around the education of community and social life and reciprocal respect. This is to help the access to a higher education scholarship but also the awareness and preparation for a high values responsibility in the society.

- Physical development of the person, with a very careful focus on proper nutrition (we serve the main course of the day with an equilibrate support of proteins, vitamins and fibers), on proper body care and hygiene (every student will take a shower before going to the public school)

- A broad range of cultural offers, which go beyond the school needs, like a very rich library, theater courses, traditional dance course (capoeira), IT and computer cod course

- Development of teaching skills, through the employment of young teachers in stage programs

- Support to the families, in case of social or psychological severe conditions, which could represent a risk for the study continuation of the student.