Bahia Street

Seattle, WA   |  www.bahiastreet.org
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Mission

Bahia Street breaks cycles of poverty, inequality and violence by providing high quality educational opportunities to economically-impoverished girls and young women in Salvador, Brazil. The program was developed by African-Brazilian residents of shantytowns in Salvador, Brazil to provide a solution to what they believe to be their most pressing problems.
Bahia Street gives some of our world's most disadvantaged people-- poor African-Brazilian girls-- access to education and programs that support them through university. It augments a poorly-funded public school system (that leaves students illiterate) with a high quality educational program on par with the best private schools in Salvador. Bahia Street also addresses the need for non-Brazilians to know more about international development, poverty, race, and effective solutions to global problems.

Ruling year info

1997

Principal Officer

Dr. Margaret Willson

Main address

1005 NE Boat St

Seattle, WA 98105

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EIN

91-1841926

NTEE code info

International Development, Relief Services (Q30)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Women's Rights (R24)

IRS filing requirement

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Bahia Street provides a quality education to sixty girls (ages 7-14) from impoverished neighborhoods in Salvador, Brazil. The girls study at the Bahia Street Center for four hours a day, receiving instruction in all basic subjects, including reading, writing, math, science, history, and English. In addition to the academic program, Bahia Street provides health care, instruction on health and reproduction, art therapy, and programs working with issues of violence and inequality. Bahia Street funds transportation, uniforms, books, school materials, and nutrition in the form of one hot meal per day and two snacks. The girls also attend public school for four hours a day (the normal school day in Brazil).

In its outreach program, Bahia Street provides space and assistance for community forum meetings and for local groups working against violence, poverty and inequality and for peace and social justice. We also offer literacy classes, family counseling and emergency small loans to the students' parents and caregivers.

The Bahia Street Center has fourteen full- and part-time staff who are all (except for the English teacher) African-Brazilian university graduates from the shantytowns or rural Bahia. This gives them a unique understanding of the issues the girls face as well as understanding the importance of the social change the Bahia Street program is effecting. Concepts of citizenship are explored through interactive classes. Classes use techniques of reflection, workshops about the girls' health, group dynamics, videos, music, dance, art, visits to museums, libraries, monuments and historic sites, all with the objective to facilitate learning, stimulate interest and develop the cognitive perception of the children. These teachers are developing a curriculum they call "The Bahia Street Method" to make school studies relevant to the lives of shantytown residents. Integral to the Bahia Street program is confronting inequality of race, class and gender, and these issues are included in all aspects of the teaching program. The teachers themselves have become inspired by what they are creating, and two have begun grassroots programs in their own neighborhoods based upon the Bahia Street model.

Bahia Street's educational programs for non-Brazilians involve appropriately 100 people each year, through study trips, volunteer programs, and study abroad programs.

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Bahia Street

Board of directors
as of 5/3/2012
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mo Hecht

None

Term: July 2009 - July 2010

Ann Loveridge Treasurer

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Mo Hecht President

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Dr. Margaret Willson Ex-officio

Almuht Dear-Jossy

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Joyce Mork-Obrien Secretary

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Brenda Tausch

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Julia Wauters

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Sophia Zieve

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