Children’s aid in Brazil

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Background

Founded in 1991 „ARCO Associação Beneficente“ is a children’s emergency based in the south of São Paulo in one of the poorest and most criminal areas of the city. Everyday life is dominated by poverty. Single mothers leave their homes early in the morning to work as housekeepers in the city. Children take adult jobs to support their families. The entrances to the houses look like rubbish dumps. ARCO looks after almost 600 children and youths from deprived families aged between 1 and 18 years. With full-day care for children up to the age of 6 and the half-day care for children up to the age of 18, ARCO provides a safe place for the children and prevents child labour.

Within the functional facilities, the children are educated, nourished and encouraged towards a job training to help them towards a promising future. ARCO employs professionals from the fields of education, psychology, logopaedia, nutrition, social work, health care, music and sports. Many children live in unsteady family circumstances (60% of the children have only their mother to rely on). As a result, ARCO is providing valuable social support in the Favelas in order to give children a place of happiness.

Our Goals

We want to help ARCO to support the children and young people in their personal, social and educational development. We intend to finance a project each year.

In 2017, we started our support by sending 600 Christmas-Boxes with clothes, toiletries, and toys. Future projects will be to pay for the employment of a nurse, for further education programmes and necessary purchases. Since 2019 we are supporting students in financing their studies. One of these students is Kaique, who is studying chemotechnology at the university of Santo Amaro. He will graduate from his studies in December 2020. Kaique is very motivated but he cannot finance the costs of his studies (tuition fees, school material, transport costs, etc.) by himself and therefore depends on financial support.