About Us

Cultural Association of Capoeira Maculelê

World Capoeira Arts Foundation is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to providing cultural education and building community that works to improve the lives of children in impoverished communities through sharing the art form of Capoeira. Our projects, which are scattered all over Brazil and the US, serve over 500 kids in the slums of Brazil, USA, Colombia and Africa the Capoeira Maculelê is a non-profit organization with headquarters in Londrina, Paraná, Brazil and the Atlanta, GA, USA.

Our social projects—Projeto Maculelê, and others—are created to enrich the lives of at-risk children in poor neighborhoods throughout Brazil and in the USA. Many of these children suffer from malnutrition, lack of appropriate adult attention, and other conditions related to poverty. Without movitation and self-confidence building, these children often fall victim to the world of crime and drugs.

Capoeira as a Tool for Social Projects

We work to stop this cycle. Capoeira Maculelê is the primary source of funding for many of these projects, while also serving as the parent organization for many Capoeira schools throughout Brazil, the US, and Europe. We enhance the lives of children we work with through capoeira, a rich Afro-Brazilian art form that incorporates music, martial arts, history, and dance into a single cultural experience.

What We Offer

Maculelê’s projects touch the lives of many children, offering an opportunity for a healthier, better life through personal growth. We offer safe learning environments, art and culture workshops, health education, reliable role models, and nutritious snacks.

Through capoeira, we open a dialogue with the children to discover who they are, why they are special, where they come from, and how to find positive solutions to seemingly impossible problems. As they learn capoeira, its music, history and philosophy, they develop physical and emotional strength to solve problems, make friends, and develop their self-esteem.

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