ABRACE INC - BRAZILIAN ASSOCIATION OF CULTURE AND EDUCATION

Rating: 5 stars   15 reviews

Issues: Philanthropy

Location: PO box 831 McLean VA 22101 USA

Mission: ABRACE’s mission is to preserve and promote Brazilian education and cultural and social integration in the Brazilian community with the aim of strengthening its identity within the United States.
Target demographics: families and children with Brazilian connection to keep their cultural heritage alive and live honoring of their roots and background
Direct beneficiaries per year: 280 children, 130 families, 32 teachers.
Geographic areas served: the DC metropolitan area
Programs: classes on Brazilian language and culture for children, community-building activities such as Book and Cultural Fairs and annual folkloric celebrations, educational workshops for parents and teachers, workshops for children on sports, music and drama, literature and storytelling and much more.
2013 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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EIN 27-0419710
571-366-9779
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Rating: 5 stars  

A animação das crianças, nos sábados de manhã, a alegria com que vão para as aulas na ABRACE, onde encontram sua turma, sua família maior, a brasileira, a que fala português, é uma festa, é de um valor inestimável!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Daria a eles uma sede própria, para que pudessem funcionar todos os dias, tornar-se um centro de aglutinação de brasileiros, inclusive para comecar a ter alguma voz política, como comunidade grande que é nos EUA. A ABRACE paga aluguel caro para usar instalações de escola pública, aos sábados e, naturalmente, fica sujeita a várias restrições e à boa-vontade da escola.

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2013

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A ABRACE foi muito importante para a minha família quando chegamos aos Estados Unidos, longe de tudo e de todos.
Nos proporcionou uma convivência com outras crianças, aumentou a auto-estima, ambientou, aconchegou e consolidou toda a transição do português para o inglês e para a nova cultura.
Tive também a excelente oportunidade de trocar experiências com outras mães que já moravam aqui por mais tempo.
Tudo isso, fazendo com que ainda estivéssemos ligados ao Brasil, mesmo estando tão longe, falando em um bom e gostoso português.
Eu diria que a ABRACE é um território brasileiro em Washington/ DC, nos trazendo a deliciosa recordação dos sabores das comidas, dos cheiros das flores, das músicas folclóricas e da MPB, das brincadeiras de roda, das danças, dos esportes, dos lugares e das cidades...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

More courses in drama, music, dance, art, drawing...

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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My son, who is 4, has mastered Portuguese, even though everywhere on his environment English is the main language. He learned so much for the time he was taking classes at Abrace, and not just the language, but also the whole cultural heritage. The teachers are excelent and I just feel super blessed for having this little "Brazil" right here in the DC area. The tuition is very very reasonable, and the extra-curriculum activities promoted is even more enriching. Congrats to this association for the great hard work!

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make it closer to my house!!!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

The work that ABRACE is doing in Washington DC is unique, they work with wonderful educators and have a profound impact in the lives of the children they work with. I particularly like to see them so involved in a constant search for knowledge in methodology and curriculum building, while at the same time, very generously, sharing their own findings rooted in their pedagogical experience. This allows for a very productive exchange between researchers and practitioners of heritage language (Portuguese) instruction, and I thank them very much for engaging in this and making us all so much better than we would be otherwise.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

make it a national organization with branches in all Portuguese and Brazilian communities in the US.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

A ABRACE é um verdadeiro abraço! Abraço com sabor de Brasil!
É uma alegria ter participado no passado deste projeto e continuar acompanhando cada nova conquista.
Espaço de encontro e de reencontro, a ABRACE tem feito um trabalho fundamental e indispensável, não só no ensino do Português, mas como veículo de resgate social e cultural.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

Imagine you are all alone trying to teach the language of your parents, your country, your heart to your children. You are determined. You see it as your mission. But the odds are against you.

I am from Brazil. I didn't grow up watching baseball and celebrating Thanksgiving, but that doesn't mean I come from nothing. The richness of where I come from -- my language, my culture, my history and my parents -- is what I can give to my children.

Enter Abrace, an organization of people who will have your back and think of everything to help you in this task that is so much more than simply teaching Portuguese.

Your little one is more of a sports guy and will connect with Brazil via soccer? Abrace offers a soccer class. Your children need access to books in Portuguese? Abrace launches a library. It is Children's Day ? It organizes a celebration.

Yes, thanks to Abrace, my 13-year-old is confident in his writing and has a renewed interest in reading in Portuguese. But, just as important, he loves Abrace and he learns Portuguese while having FUN (is there really another way to learn?).

Abrace makes my mission so much easier. I am not alone.

Todos juntos somos fortes
Somos flecha e somos arco
Todos nós no mesmo barco
Não há nada pra temer!










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Rating: 5 stars  

I have taught children`s theatre with ABRACE, and found the experience extremely rewarding. Children`s creativity amazed me during class, and all expressed themselves effectively in Portuguese, different as their levels of fluency might be.
I appreciate ABRACE`s competitive professional and cultural standards, its transparency and accountability.
Most of all, the commitment to preserving and sharing Brazilian heritage and language is extraordinary (finding a way when there appears to be none!)- in all activities, successfully combining cultural and playful elements. This is very encouraging for all Brazilians who want to feel this connectedness away from home and pass it on to our children.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have known ABRACE for many years, first as a parent of a student and more recently as a board member. It always amazes me what this organization does with so little. As a board member, it has been a pleasure to see the organization grow, not only in the size of the student body, but also in the professionalism of its management and financial structure. I also admire the dedication of all of the professionals involved with the organization, most of whom are volunteers but also of those who receive a nominal fee but give so much more. As a parent of a student, I love that my son can learn about my culture and, more than that, understand that it is his culture too. For Brazilian children growing up outside of Brazil, who may not travel to Brazil frequently, ABRACE's work helps maintain that connection.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

We are working to better integrate the community into the work of the organization. If we already do so much with so little, imagine what we could do with greater participation from our community.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

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2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

ABRACE is home away from home! My heart fills with so many good feelings when thinking about all that ABRACE makes possible not only to my family but to a lot of families in the DC area. It´s through ABRACE my two boys (and our little baby girl in the near future) meet with friends that they can relate to in all levels, that they can share the love not only for soccer, carnaval, and "festa junina", but also "picolé comprado na banca de revista", "água de côco", favorite beaches in Brazil and so on. It´s also where they can learn and practice their Portuguese and be just like a "native" when going to Brazil and feel and be treated like they have always lived there.

It´s not only for the kids that ABRACE is so important. Parents and the whole community have access to opportunities to socializing, learning, sharing information, building and strengthening friendships, always in a friendly environment, always with the warming and welcoming Brazilian touch.

It´s a lot of work to make all this possible. So we would like to thank all the Founders, Board Members, Directors, Teachers, Parents, Students, Business Partners and Sponsors for working like a big CARING COMMUNITY!

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have only one work to say to ABRACE: Thanks ! You have been decreased the distance through this beautiful work of perpetuating our fascinating culture beyond the borders of our country ( Brazil) . Congratulations, our children will be proud of you.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Likely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Okay

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

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