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Abrace Inc - Brazilian Association of Culture and Education

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Philanthropy, Public Foundations

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.

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

ABRACE is an amazing place for us Brazilian expats. I started going to ABRACE as a teacher and now both my daughters take Portuguese classes there. Is a place where they see our language goes beyond them and me and they can learn more of our culture as well as making new friends.

I love ABRACE's work and hope this organization never stops spreading the love for our language and country!

Daniel Bloomfield R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

ABRACE has been a beacon of Brazilian culture and education that has helped my wife and I--both Brazilian immigrants--give our six year old daughter the opportunity to learn, speak, and interact with other bicultural kids in the DC Metro region. We have been participating for over three years and can't say enough good things about the dedication of the teachers, the events that are promoted, and resources available (e.g., the small--but wonderful--mobile library filled with books for various age groups). Our daughter loves coming here.

Cristiane Z.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ABRACE is very important to the Brazilian community and American-Brazilian families living in the states of DC-MD-VA because it is the only organization in this area that teaches Brazilian Portuguese language and culture. The impact of ABRACE in our lives goes beyond the "knowledge" about Brazilian language and culture, it creates, especially in young people a sense of identity and belonging that help shape their character for life.

Renata J.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Both my children have attended ABRACE. It's not just a school where they learn Portuguese; it's a place where they can experience Brazil outside Brazil. It's where we meet our Brazilian community in the Washington area, where we feel at home. It's run by dedicated directors, teachers, directors, and volunteers, who work hard to pass on our language, culture, and traditions to our children. I highly recommend ABRACE.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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!










Client Served

Rating: 5

Abrace is one of the only organizations in the Washington area that promotes Brazilian culture, specifically focused on children. In my experience the teachers are excellent, the classes are well organized, and the cost of the classes is very reasonable. Getting involved in Abrace is a great way to ensure your children get a little bit of a Brazilian education while they are here in the U.S.

Ligia Jorio

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ABRACE is the perfect complement and extension of Brazil for my family. Brazil is so rich in many aspects and I can only give them what I know from my home state Minas Gerais. Abrace adds to what I give to them in terms of culture, music, literature, etc. My 3 children are bilingual and when people ask me why they go to a Brazilian school since they already speak Portuguese, my answer is always the same, the Brazilian Portuguese language and culture is the the most precious gift I can give to my Children. Rafael, Gabriela and Luiza go to ABRACE to learn more about Brazil, and not just the Portuguese language. They are there to learn music, folklore, culture, literature, theater, food, etc in Portuguese from all parts of Brazil.
My kids love ABRACE and they are there since 2 1/2 years old. They are now 11, 10, and 8 years old. Thanks ABRACE for being such a wonderful extension of our beloved Brasil!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

ABRACE is part of my family. Every week, ABRACE gives to my kids what I can not fully give them during the week - our rich and diverse Brazilian culture. My kids are fluent in Portuguese and the older ones are already reading in Portuguese. They don't go to ABRACE to learn Portuguese, because this is my job, as a mother. My native language is the least I can give to my kids. ABRACE gives them our culture and our passion for our country and flag. At ABRACE, they are exposed to our folclore, our arts, our music, our customes, our lingo. It is the only place where they will find other people just like them in a different country. ABRACE gives them an identity. It shows our kids that it is, not only ok, but cool to speak Portugues and be Brasileiro. I feel very proud as a parent to be able to give them this amazing gift.
At ABRACE they were able to meet Pedro Bandeira, a famous writer in Brazil; they were able to see a performance from the Brazilian Artistic Group Emcantar, from Minas Gerais (our native state), right here in the DC area.
This is ABRACE, the best we can get from our Brazil in the USA.

Board Member

Rating: 5

ABRACE has made possible for me and my family, especially my children, to stay connected and in direct contact with our heritage, language, and culture. It provides an opportunity for the Brazilian community to gather and work towards the same goal which is to maintain the Brazilian language and culture alive in the lives of children and teenagers living outside Brazil. At the same time, it provides an opportunity for families to socialize and interact. Some of my best friends I found through ABRACE. It is also worthwhile mentioning that ABRACE serves an important role in connecting the community with the local Brazilian Embassy and Consulate, often offering programs in partnership with them such as sessions (usually speeches or talks) on a variety of topics that are of interest to the Brazilian community living in the greater DC area.

Patricia Yakabe Malentaqui

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ABRACE has a dear place in my family's heart. My daughters, 3 and 6, take Portuguese as a Heritage Language classes every Saturday. The teachers are dedicated, the staff is knowledgeable, the volunteers are passionate, the students are fun. We also enjoy their cultural events. Lots of good food, music and books in Portuguese (the only place we find that in the DC area). We love ABRACE. It's become more than just a school for us. It has given us many friendships and a sense of belonging outside of Brazil. THANK YOU!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Abrace is the best! I went there looking for Portuguese classes for my daughter and ended up finding a second home. This is not just a Portuguese school. This is a community organization helping to foster a sense of belonging among Brazilian expats and helping to bring Brazilian culture to Americans in the DC/MD/VA area. May daughter loves attending classes every Saturday, and I love it to see the new friends I've made there. It makes both of us a bit closer to Brazil.

Cintia Fernandes C.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abrace is an outstanding nonprofit organization. As it claims, Abrace works towards preserving and promoting Brazilian education and cultural and social integration in the Brazilian community with the aim of strengthening its identity within the United States. And it does so beautifully! From the passion of its founders to the amount of work to keep it running, this nonprofit deserves recognition for the amazing work they do! I am grateful for having them for my family, for my children.

Luciana M.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ABRACE is one of the best things that happened in my life living in the US. It makes me feel like I am in Brazil even being miles away. I made amazing friends, and my kids beg to go to Portuguese school. They wish it was available every day of the week, and not only on Saturdays. It helps them practice their Portuguese and get closer to the Brazilian culture. I love hear them singing and playing in portuguese. I am very grateful for being part of this community!

Ruth73

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The ABRACE assists and develops transmission of knowledge about the culture and the Portuguese language. Important for all of us who live far from our country and we want to be in touch with our culture, we move on to our children how to be Brazilian. Language is culture. There is no other form of description. Understanding more comprehensive and profound way what language, what is culture and what identity is fundamental to all of us.
In this paper transmitter and disseminator of Brazilian culture ABRACE is fundamental in our lives.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

ABRACE is a serious and committed association focused on teaching the heritage of Portuguese language. It is a pleasure that every Saturday I can be reunited with loved ones that are dedicated and hardworking that teach the wonders of the Brazilian culture. It is beautiful to see our little ones so interested in learning about Brazil and its culture. I have been a teacher at ABRACE for several years and I am proud to belong to this fantastic Brazilian educational community.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Abrace plays a very important role in our lives as a Brazilian-American family. Our daughter has the opportunity to learn about Brazilian culture while practicing her Portuguese. Most importantly she is exposed to an environment with families of a similar background, and to Portuguese-speaking children of her age. Our family contributes to Abrace through volunteering, and my husband is also taking language classes. We hope Abrace continues to enrich our experience as a bilingual family for years to come.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Abrace has been an essential part of our Brazilian/ American family. It nurtures a friendly, and fun environment where our 3 kids can cultivate and maintain not only the Portuguese language as well their cultural ties to Brazil through reading , fun games and activities. It really serves us as a cultural bridge as we transitioned from move back from Brazil to the USA, and Abrace has been essential to maintaining healthy ties to Brazil. Our children look forward to every Saturday morning classes.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ABRACE is more than a Portuguese school for little Brazilian-Americans. It is a place where Americans can go not only to learn Portuguese but to get immersed in the Brazilian culture. This is helpful for people traveling to the country for business or tourism purposes alike. There are several high level Brazilian executives that have kids in this school so the professional networking can be powerful. My son is making life-long friendships and keeping Brazil alive in his heart. ABRACE is an unique place, led by passionate and committed parents and kept vibrant by the love of the community.

1 Karina G.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

ABRACE is a magical place where all the magic happens in Portuguese! I feel closer to Brasil every Saturday morning where I get to see all these amazing people I met 2 years ago, when I started working at ABRACE!
It is wonderful to be able to pass the Brazilian culture, language, music, geography and so much more to my students in such a friendly and rich environment!

1 Cristiane S.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Abrace does a great job teaching Portuguese as a heritage language. There people have helped me and my family to find a sense of community. The activities are related to cultural diversity and sense of community for Brazilian people in Washington DC Area. My social life is better and happier after Abrace.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Abrace's children program helps bridge the gap between my cultural background as a person born in Brazil and my children's (born and raised in the USA). It is a place where our first generation American children can find other kids who share a similar experience and enjoy their Brazilian heritage.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

As an American who has had the opportunity and privilege of having lived in and travelled to a plurality of global locations, I can unhesitatingly say that my acquisition of the languages and cultures of the people that I love is strongly tied to embracing and being embraced by a family. Just as Brazil is a very welcoming country, so is Abrace, which embraces families and provides the cultural and language community that help families deepen the bonds that foster language synthesis and cultural appreciation. My family loves the Abrace family and have been members of Abrace since 2013, when we returned to the US, after having lived for a number of years in Brazil.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

ABRACE is amazing. It does only get the kids engage in learning g portuguese; ABRACE teaches our children to love and respect our culture, our language, our people
ABRACE is indeed an extension of our family.