Truth be told, it is not very often that Miss Universe gets involved in some hands-on charity work, especially if the pageant is being held in the USA. So it is refreshing to see the 2011 ladies visiting Casa do Zezinho in the outskirts of Sao Paulo.
The Miss Universe 2011 candidates being serenaded by the musically-trained youth of Casa do Zezinho.
Casa do Zezinho – a safe haven for poor children and teenagers in Sao Paulo’s slum areas of Capão Redondo, Parque Santo Antônio and Jardim Ângela – functions as a day-care and after-school center to keep the young things off the streets where they are more likely to get into the bad elements of society. This is where they get nurturing in most aspects of life without separating them fron their parents. Further education is given, be it in music, culture and sports.
Miss Philippines Shamcey Supsup being swarmed and hugged by the kids at Casa do Zezinho.
The Miss Universe 2011 candidates were showered with warmth and adulation by everyone at the center. And it is clear that they had a real good time bonding, playing, singing and dancing with the kids who must be overjoyed seeing all these beautiful angels visiting them.
Miss Czech Republic Jitka Novackova enjoying the company of the kids.
Here are more pictures (courtesy of Fotoarena) from the visit…
Pretty Miss Thailand Chanyasorn Sakornchan posing with the kids.
Miss Egypt Sara El-Khouly receiving a kiss from one of the wards at Casa do Zezinho.
Miss Ireland Aoife Hannon dancing with the kids.
(L-R) Miss Mauritius Laetitia Darche, Miss Czech Republic Jitka Novackova, Miss Slovak Republic Dagmar Kolesarova and Miss Guyana Kara Lord having fun with the kids at Casa do Zezinho.
The ladies being treated to an exhibition of capoiera.
If Brazil is hosting Miss Universe 2011, will a game of soccer be far behind? Of course not! Some of the girls were game enough to engage in a fun match of kicking and running in the field while wearing their most colorful uniforms of the sport. Host delegate Priscila Machado led the charge and you can see how much adrenaline-pumping moves they did. Check them out!
The Yellow Team composed of (clockwise from top left) Miss Finland Pia Pakarinen, Miss Costa Rica Johanna Solano, their Brazilian coach, Miss Brazil Priscila Machado, Miss Cayman Islands Cristin Alexander, Miss Guyana Kara Lord, Miss Honduras Keylin Gomez, Miss Guam Shayna Jo Afaisen, Miss Denmark Sandra Amer, Miss British Virgin Islands Sheroma Hodge, Miss Canada Chelsae Durocher and Miss Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs.
The Green Team composed of (clockwise from top left): Miss Mexico Karin Ontiveros,their Brazilian coach, Miss Malaysia Deborah Henry, Miss Ireland Aoife Hannon, Miss Korea Jung So-ra, Miss Poland Rozalia Mancewicz, Miss Germany Valeria Bystritskaya, Miss Turks & Caicos Easher Parker, Miss St. Lucia Joy-Ann Biscette, Miss New Zealand Priyani Puketapu, Miss Ukraine Olesya Stefanko and Miss Tanzania Nelly Kamwelu.
They may not be the best soccer players around, but they can certainly be the most inspiring muses for any team (L-R): Miss Australia Scherri-Lee Biggs, Miss Costa Rica Johanna Solano and Miss Finland Pia Pakarinen.
Stretching and wam-up, anyone? (L-R) Miss Germany Valeria Bystritskaya, Miss Tanzania Nelly Kamwelu, Miss Mexico Karin Ontiveros and Miss Malaysia Deborah Henry.
The game was for fun, but the girls still seriously played it.
A goal was scored and the girls started some wild cheers on the field.
All images above are courtesy of Missosology