Since our beloved Vila Sésamo program made its debut in Brazil in the 1970s, Sesame Workshop has reached millions of children across Latin America with ABCs and 123s, health habits, financial empowerment, social-emotional lessons, and more. Today, our wide-ranging initiatives and partnerships are preparing families for a healthy, prosperous, and peaceful future.
Our gender equity initiatives are designed to improve the quality of educational experiences for all children, with a particular focus on girls’ participation. One example is Pequeñas Aventureras in Mexico and Brazil, a multimedia series that playfully promotes science and math learning through videos, games, and activities that build basic STEM skills while breaking gender stereotypes.
Our “Dream, Save, Do” initiative is available to families across Latin America. Through Spanish- and Portuguese-language videos and activities featuring Elmo and friends, we’re empowering children and adults to define their goals, make plans, and understand how their everyday choices can help them fulfill their dreams.
In Brazil, our “Living Together” initiative is working to help mitigate the effects of children’s exposure to conflict by fostering a safer, more inclusive community. In Mexico and other areas of the region touched by violence, we’re bringing Muppet-centric learning and nurturing care to build up children’s resilience in the face of adversity and prepare them for a more peaceful future.
To stem an epidemic of diseases related to sanitation, water, and hygiene, our WASH UP! program reaches Latin American families with easy-to-share lessons about handwashing and healthy latrine use. Through a partnership with Mexico’s Ministry of Health known as Ready to Play/Listos a Jugar, Sesame friends model healthy habits like staying active and eating plenty of fruits and vegetables.
Sesame is part of a national campaign to educate Mexican families that children are entitled to safety, education, humane forms of discipline, and other fundamental rights. Milk cartons printed with the individual 20 rights and the furry friends of Sésamo were distributed in schools, reaching up to 4 million kids daily in México.
Our regional digital literacy initiatives prepare children to learn and thrive with technology, while protecting them from dangers. Through partnerships with Mexico’s INAI, our “Growing Up Together” project, and video series like “Monstruos en Red,” we’re giving kids a safe foundation for exploration in an online world.
When you support Sesame Workshop, you’re making a positive difference in the lives of children around the world. Join us!