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Greenwich event helps Brazilian children

Children participating in activities at the cultural house in Vale do Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazilwith Gabriela Dias at right.

The Gabriela Dias Foundation, based in Greenwich, partnered with Lugano restaurant for a Feb.16 fundraising event. The event featured a wine tasting and presentation by international actress, producer and humanitarian Gabriela Dias

The nonprofit’s mission is to provide disadvantaged youth, globally, with exposure to the arts both in and outside of the classroom. Launched last fall, the foundation built a cultural house in the region of Vale do Jequitinhonha, one of the poorest regions in Minas Gerais, Brazil. Education is deficient, with 55 percent of the communities in the region able to offer only two to three years of schooling. The illiteracy rate among adults over 25 was 30 percent when calculated in 2000. 

“I’m so passionate about promoting the rights of children and adolescents worldwide,” Dias said. “I want the foundation to provide exposure to the arts for disadvantaged children at school and after school.”

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