Fight for Peace was founded in Complexo da Maré, Rio de Janeiro, as a direct response to youth-involvement in drug-related crime and violence.


Fight for Peace implements the Five Pillars programme at its main Academy in Nova Holanda and via satellite projects located in two other communities (Baixa do Sapateiro and Marcílio Dias). Fight for Peace in Brazil also trains Brazilian partner organisations in the Fight for Peace methodology as part of the national programme Rede Brasil.


Number of young people reached over the years:









We support young people across Complexo da Maré via our Academy and two satellite projects.

We provide multi-disciplinary support services including access to social workers, mentors, psychologists and legal aid.

We support young people into employment through our employability service.


Complexo da Maré is one of the biggest complexes of favelas in Rio de Janeiro and comprises of 17 communities and approximately 132,000 inhabitants. Young people growing up in Maré face high levels of poverty, limited public services, social and economic exclusion and human rights abuses. Maré has suffered decades of drug related violence due to the presence of all three of the city’s drug factions and an armed militia group. Due to extremely high levels of violence, between 2014 and 2015 over 2,500 national Army troops occupied Maré. The community is currently undergoing a process of pacification with the implementation of the UPP community policing programme.

Meet the Fight for Peace Rio Academy’s Youth Council