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About the project

The Association for Cohesive Development of the Amazon (ADCAM) started in 1985 as a small orphanage with 30 kids.  Today, it is a nationally-recognized institution which offers K-12, a technical college, vocational training, a family development center and rural education programs serving more than 4,000 students a day.  Programs include:

  • A K-12 school serving more than 1000 students
  • The Family Development Institute serving at risk students from the ages of 7-17 
  • The Vocational School offerig 16 vocational training tracks
  • The SAT tutorial curriculum used at 16 river schools along side Amazon River
  • An after-school program for street children serving 400 students
  • A program for the disadvantaged & vulnerable elderly
  • A Youth Apprenticeship program to prepare youth ages 15-24 for employment
  • A program to assist juvenile offenders

How we help

ADCAM is located in one of the poorest sections of Manaus, the capital city of the State of Amazonas.Since 2006, Mona Foundation has supported this project with scholarships and funds for capital improvement. We’ve seen generational change where children who’ve gone through ADCAM’s programs come back to serve their communities and raise their own children with service to humanity as one of their highest values. The kids and community acknowledge this life-transforming opportunity:


Adria: “The Youth Apprentice Program changed my life. It gave me the knowledge and skills to get my first job. When you come from poor surroundings, you don’t know how to handle yourself in a professional environment. The teachers helped us both on the personal and professional level. I’m studying how to be an administrative assistant and I’m so grateful for this opportunity.”


Elisangela: “We are a simple family, but we still have the wish to see our children grow and flourish. We don’t have money in the bank or the means to pay the monthly tuition. That’s why we’re thankful for the scholarship for our son, Levi, who is just six years old.” 


Soraia: “My son, Deyvison, has grown so much as a person. This institution has helped him get off the streets. He’s becoming a responsible young man, serious about his studies and we ask for a scholarship so that he can continue in this road.”


Cleiza:  “We’re so grateful for the great strides our daughter, Tatiane, is making both academically and personally. I’m certain that this quality education will be a strong foundation for the rest of her life.”

Family Development Center

The Family Development Center offers educational programs to children, youth and their families to assist them to develop their capacities and to encourage children to stay in school and off the streets. Kids who participate here can also go on to other ADCAM educational programs.

Masrour School

Schools in many poor neighborhoods often lack qualified teachers. Masrour School offers quality K-12 education to children and youth in poor neighborhoods with certified teachers and diversified programs.

Masrour Technology Institute

The Institute offers professional certification in a variety of courses to youth and adults to improve their opportunity for employment, and give them the basis for sustainable lifetime careers.

Rural Polytechnic Institute of Amazonia 

The rural Institute offers access to formal education and courses on income generation to river and indigenous communities to help them to improve their livelihoods without having to migrate to the city.

Achievements in

5,400 students, youth and elderly served daily

195 full scholarships provided to students ages 7-17 in Masrour School, the Family Development Center and the Youth Apprentice Program.

Programs offered for disadvantage elderly, the street children, and 16 river schools alongside Amazon river. 

100 scholarships for street kids at the Family Development Center

60 scholarships for students at Masrour K-12 School

35 scholarships for the Youth Apprentice Program which helps them secure employment

Give a youth a chance!

Give $50 a month, or $600 a year, to fund one student in the Youth Apprentice Program for a whole school year.

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