CBC University of Life

Mission Information

Mission Champion Avril Shipton
Resources Newsletter (available every two months) email newsfromcbc@univida.org for a copy.
Website www.univida.org

CBC - University of Life, Brazil
Director Marc Marques, founded 1993.

Personal connection - My daughter Ruth is married to Marc Marques who is the director of CBC. Ruth grew up at Christ Church, from crèche to Youth group, and she met Marc when on a “working holiday” with a UK team, at the University of Life. Ruth and Marc live on site and work with the children and staff. They visit Christ Church when in the UK.

Newsletters come about every two months and are available at the back of church or directly by emailing newsfromcbc@univida.org. The web site is www.univida.org.

Avril’s personal fund raising project is “Jam, Marmalade and Chutney”, details at end of article.

CBC University of Life (Univida), Fortaleza, BrazilCBC University of Life Morning Worship


A Pathway out of poverty through quality education and training.

CBC University of Life is a Christian educational project for 370 needy children living in the favelas (slums) in Fortaleza. Through quality education and care their vision is to equip future leaders with the skills, character and passion to break out of poverty and transform their nation.

CBC = Crianças do Brasil para Cristo = Children of Brazil for Christ

Universidade da Vida (shortened to Univida ) = University of Life

A typical day at the University of LifeClass project on Dengue Fever


At 8am each weekday morning 175 children line up outside the gates ready to rush into the grounds for a new day. At 1.30pm another 175 children have walked the dusty streets bursting with energy and ready to attend the afternoon session.

University of Life is an after school programme for children in the state system. They receive an extra four hours of quality lessons each day, an opportunity for safe play, cloakrooms with running water and they are given a hot meal. Most importantly they receive love and attention from staff who are skilled and dedicated at working with children with difficult backgrounds.

After Class time

By 5pm most children have gone home but many are keen to return and the evenings are still busy. There are athletics, music, drama and dance classes and three “JVC” discipleship groups. (JVC = Youth with a Vision of Christ). Parents, neighbours, churches and the wider community testify to the positive growth they see in the children who attend. These groups also offer different kinds of support to the programme. There is a waiting list of 150 children. Also many ex pupils graduates) now contribute positively to the community, and some have progressed to further education.
Mark, Ruth and Staff

The University of Life is also a centre of community activity;graduate students often come in to help, several different parent’s groups meet and monthly “Super Saturdays” bring in many more children for a fun time with a Christian message. The JVC groups take the gospel message in drama and music to local communities and also give assistance to families facing difficult times. Home churches are springing up in the favelas.

There is a board of trustees and a salaried staff of 17 teachers, a secretary, a manager, a caretaker and a cook.

What’s Happening Now?

July is a holiday month. August begins the new term with visits from supporting teams in USA and UK continuing into September. October and November are quietly normal and December begins the Christmas preparations for a big outreach production for the parents and community. January is the start of the new educational year and May is the wet month, it is always hot with a constant sea breeze.

To continue the success of this programme and to help these children donations are always welcome. Marc and Ruth visited Christ Church in May of 2011, they are in touch through bi monthly news letters on their UK web site www.univida.org.

Avril’s personal project is raising funds by making and selling a variety of jams, marmalades and chutneys, produce from Avril’s kitchen may be ordered by email avril.shipton@ntlworld.com

Home made jam for CBC University of Life logo


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