classroom.jpgPoverty and violence are part of every day life for children living in Brazil’s slums. But a Rio de Janeiro socialite is fighting to change that. Yvonne Bezerra de Mello dedicates her time and wealth to teaching the poorest of the poor in some of the worst neighborhoods.

Her school is called Children of the Golden Rainbow and when she arrives in the mornings it is all hugs and kisses, but once classes start, they get down to the business of learning. Through play and song, she hopes to encourage and engage the students who have been written off by society.

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