From the age of 6, Joao has been in domestic child labor being solely responsible for cleaning the house and looking after his younger brother and sister whilst his mother has worked. For a while, the only time he was allowed outside the house was to go to school and this had a very big impact on his self-confidence. Through becoming involved at ACER Brasil, Joao started to build himself up as a leader and created connections and friendships, even though he continued to have all of his domestic duties. Over time he kept on frequenting activities and built his self-confidence until he was selected as a youth monitor in ACER’s sports program. Joao has been a youth sports monitor at ACER Brasil for two years, co-delivering under-11 rugby and football to boys and girls from the community.
Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.
- Michael Johnson