Carioca that dreamt about making a better life for himself. Meet Orlando Lira!
Picture of Orlando on the rock
Line Østergaard
Author: Line Østergaard
On August 12, 2016

Orlando has a mission to always improve and update the Mandorla and our customers websites.

Orlando got to know Mandorla through Dream Learn Work (DLW), an institution with a strong mission to help youth to reach a better future. Here he was introduces to webdesign and they provided him the chance to take a course in programming.

As a talent incubator we are always on the look for talented people like Orlando. Orlando was the perfect match for our incubator says Line Østergaard, CEO Mandorla.

Born and raised in Maré – one of the largest slums between the international airport and the Rio – Orlando began practicing various sports close to home. He discovered a passion for martial arts. He practiced boxing and Muay Thai competitions and won both.

Have you ever felt the urge to learn Web Design? Tell us what inspired you in this direction

An opportunity arose and I grabbed it with all it’s possibilities. At first I had no idea what actually was, but I discovered, that I loved programming. It opened doors and new horizons and I intend to continue to follow this exciting path.

What do you do when not working on Mandorla?

I am part of a project called “processing agent” which is organized by Pereira Passos Institute – IPP and have as function interviewing young people and gather information about what the slum dwellers, aged 14 and 24, to a profile youth of the pacified areas and also do all the days pre entrance exam preparatory course at night.

I trails, like going to the beach and ride around the edge of the South Zone. It is one of the things I love most to do in Rio de Janeiro. I often take a walk in Lapa, it is one of the riches.

How was your path as a fighter? Tell us the difficulties and rewards

Being fighter itself is not an easy task. We face many challenges  as dedication and injuries that make it impossible to fight. On the other hand, I had a new way of looking at the world and today I have more confidence in everything that I do. I appreciate the simplest things around me and also learned the meaning of friendship.

What do you expect the Olympics?

I’m very excited because I volunteer at the Olympics awards ceremony  and I assist with bringing the  medals for boxing and badminton champions. I hope, I get the chance  to deliver a gold medal for Brazil and that Brazil win many medals.

Leave a message for young dreamers like you

That all people must face the difficulties with head held high. Have patience and a lot of willpower, because then one day you get there.


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