The organisation OELA (Oficina de Escola de Lutheira de Amazônia) supports young people in Brazilian slums, whose prospects would otherwise have been bleak, work on the future.
OELA manages a training institute in one of the slums of Manaus. The youngsters learn how to make instruments there. They also receive training in graphic design and learn how to work a computer. Their personal development is enhanced by musical education, psychological guidance, theatre, workshops on communications and information on the environment.
OELA works on setting up a semi industrial product range for snare instruments and a trade in FSC certified timber. They do so to become more sustainable in the long run.
OELA is supported by the Dutch organisation for development cooperation ICCO: working for a world without poverty and injustice.