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Río de Janeiro (Brazil) / “Leaozinho” is a song by Brazilian musician Caetano Veloso but it is the name of an initiative promoted by a Spanish journalist to bring guitars to children from a favela in Rio de Janeiro and help them “get ahead” and open horizons.

In Ramos, in the north of Rio, on the border with La Maré -where the largest complex of favelas in the city is concentrated-, Leaozinho teaches playing guitar to around thirty children between 6 and 14 years old.

The journalist Ángel Carmona, who created the non-governmental organization together with his friend Nuria Dillan in 2011, has achieved that several Spanish musicians to donate their guitars for children, musicians from DePedro to Love of Lesbian, although these days he is in Ramos with a new project.

“This time we have not brought guitars, we have brought a whole radio station”, explains EFE Carmona, who presents ‘Hoy empieza todo’ in Radio 3 and he has recorded with the children of Ramos two programs that will be broadcast next week through Radio Nacional from Spain.

In addition, Carmona has brought to Ramos two figures of Spanish music such as Josemi Carmona and Javier Colina, who have stopped in Rio on a South American tour.

Leaozinho, who also has a similar project in the Sahara, is the result of an experience of Carmona in the favela of Parada de Lucas, in the north of Rio, six years ago.

He arrived there to collaborate on computer issues and with two guitars on his shoulder for playing it in his spare time.

He did not take long to change computers for music and to organize free classes for children and young people with the help of volunteers.

Now, his NGO collaborates with Asbepe, a cultural center in Ramos where “if the children are hungry they can eat and where they have a school reinforcement. It’s a perfect place: Once they have food in their head and stomach they can have guitar lessons”, he says.

The goal is to make music become a “tool” to help children get ahead.

It is hard work considering that “some are sons of bandits, others of people in treatment for crack addictions, from divided families…”, he explains.

In Aspebe, with the help of teachers such as Halley and Stephanie Lucas, the children also find support and psychological help. (November 13, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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La noticia habla…
de una ONG que ayuda a niños y mayores necesitados de Río de Janeiro.
de una ONG que ayuda a niños y jóvenes de Río de Janeiro.
de una organización creada por el Gobierno de Brasil.
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Según el texto, esta ONG…
ha creado una escuela de música en Brasil solo para mayores de edad.
está pensando en utilizar la música para ayudar a los niños de Brasil.
utiliza la música para ayudar a los jóvenes más necesitados.
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Según el texto, esta ONG compra guitarras a grupos de música.
Es verdad.
Es mentira.
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Según el texto, los niños que reciben esta ayuda…
provienen de familias que ayudan a las personas necesitadas.
provienen de familias que no tienen ningún tipo de problema.
provienen de familias que tienen problemas con las drogas y con la justicia.
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Según la noticia, un periodista local ha creado esa ONG en Río de Janeiro.
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Según el texto, los niños aprenden a tocar...
un instrumento de viento.
un instrumento de percusión.
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