DreamRoot Training Centers are inclusive spaces created to host accessible programs. To date, DreamRoot has helped build two training centers in Brazil, renovated a third, and built a resource center for a school in Haiti, employing local community members in the construction of all four projects
Eradicating barriers to access inclusive programming
Intentionally positioned in neighborhoods surrounded by violence, abuse, poverty, and drugs, DreamRoot Training Centers provide a safe and accessible space to build healthy connections. It is here that vulnerable individuals in underserved communities can heal, grow, and thrive into their own leadership calling while participating in educational and extracurricular programming in a supportive environment.
Programming at the centers ranges from psychiatry sessions for domestic abuse and trauma survivors, to sports activities, English classes, teacher enrichment training, nutritionist consultations, physical therapy, and food pantries. The centers also host community events and educational workshops throughout the year. Participants of these ministries and activities often report experiencing a rise in confidence, a higher vision for their lives, new life skills needed to achieve their dreams and create healthier and thriving communities
Advancing Gender Equality
The centers are seeing a rise in girls and women participating in sports and educational programming, often filled with male participants. Through the encouragement of not just female participation but also women leading in programming, including jiu jitsu, self-defense classes, and educational events, women are being empowered to have their voices heard in the development of the community.
Rebuilding Trust In Communities
Members involved in the programming at the centers are growing as well as the number of emerging leaders stepping up to lead. This increased engagement and connection among participants is helping to build trust and collaboration with other community members. Community-driven development gives its members the lead role in decision-making and stewardship of their resources to reduce poverty and enhance their quality of life. Local leaders have even reported that the training centers and programs have led to a decrease in violence, drug use, and hunger in those areas. They have created renewed hope and vigor for the community as they collectively work toward a higher vision for their neighborhood.
“The training center is the heart of their community where members can connect and participate in activities. Our future plans include creating an after-school tutoring and educational program for children.” - Mr. Nilson, Paulista community member.