Associacao de Apoio as Meninas e Meninos da Se

The mission of the Association is to develop projects and actions which defend and guarantee the rights of the child and adolescent. It works with children in situations of high risk, living on the streets, including pregnant teens and also at-risk children and their families in poor inner city communities. It provides services to, guides and accompanies these groups of individuals, all of whom suffer various kinds of violence, with the aim of empowering them to lead healthy, fulfilling lives.
Aug 23, 2011

Project News from Ser Mulher (To be A Woman), Sao Paulo

Teen Mothers in Workshop Activity
Teen Mothers in Workshop Activity

Dear Friends of the Project Ser Mulher (To be a Woman),

 Hello! We’d like to say a big thank you for generously giving to our project. Each and every donation makes an important contribution to our work and we are most grateful for your support.

 We’d also like to let you know about a recent project activity. Over the last few months, one of the workshop themes of the Pregnant Teen and Teen Mother and Baby groups has been that of gender. The project educator introduced the subject by explaining how societies assign gender roles and how these are taught to children. Some dynamic discussions then took place among the project participants, including identifying the advantages and disadvantages of being a woman or a man. At first, the teens identified physiological differences as being advantages, such as the fact that men don’t have to suffer with menstruation or the pain of childbirth, while women can be mothers. Interestingly, when the teens moved on to discussing the disadvantages of being a man, they said that men have to work in order to sustain the family, but women don’t. This revealed a sexist vision of society, which is reproduced without awareness and not even true for many of the teens since they need to work to support their families.

 A point which really caught the educators’ attention was that the teens had a very negative view of work. This originates from their own negative experience of having been badly exploited at work and also knowledge of the reality of the exploitation of family members and friends in their workplace. Because of this, the teens feel they have no promising future opportunities to look forward to, nothing different to that of the people they know. They identified work as simply a means to an end, with only one participant adding that it’s also a way to meet people. The project educator encouraged the teens to reflect on the social function of work, highlighting that in addition to being necessary to sustain a family, it’s a means through which we can contribute to society and be fulfilled as a person. This perspective was very new to the project participants and motivated them to begin thinking in a new way about the role of work in their lives and the importance of education.

 Well, we hope you’ve found this news of interest and thanks again for your support of our work.

 We look forward to being in touch again soon with more project news!

 Muito obrigado from the project team!

Project Beneficiary in Workshop
Project Beneficiary in Workshop
Project Beneficiary in Workshop
Project Beneficiary in Workshop
May 31, 2011

News from our project in Sao Paulo

Beneficiaries of the Pregnant Teen Group
Beneficiaries of the Pregnant Teen Group

Hello Dear Supporter,

We'd like to thank you very much for the donation you've made to our project in Sao Paulo and to tell you about our recent project activities.

Over the last few months the Teen Mother and Newborn Group have, alongside workshops on postnatal care, had several discussions about the importance of education in breaking the cycle of poverty and social exclusion. The project educator has encouraged the participants to seriously re-think the necessity to return to school and to express their plans and objectives for the next year. Despite initial resistance on the part of the young mums, they've shown an interest in and requested more information on how they can return to school.

A few weeks ago we had some excitement in a relaxation exercise session of the Pregnant Teen Group when a participant went into labor! Although she insisted that she stay until the end of the activity as she felt so relaxed, the project social assistant accompanied her to hospital immediately and we’re happy to say she gave birth to a healthy baby girl hours later. The relaxation exercises in this group are focused on feeling the baby and reducing anxiety. They certainly helped this young Mum!

The project psychologist led several workshops with this Pregnant Teen Group on the expression of their fears and insecurities. Common among the feelings expressed by the teens were fear related to the pain of childbirth and of losing a loved one. The psychologist guided the participants through a deep discussion of these innermost fears and this opportunity to share in the safety of the group appears to have greatly benefited the participants. This Group also recently watched the Brazilian film “Sonhos Roubados” (“Stolen Dreams”), which explores teenage pregnancy, prostitution and sexual abuse – all experiences that the attendees can closely relate to.

Recently, as part of the projects activities to help improve the self-esteem and self-care of the participants of the Teen Mother and Newborn Group and Pregnant Teen Group, they were invited to a local Hair Dressing Salon to have a cut and blow dry. Needless to say this was enjoyed by all and, happily, a great boost to self-esteem was noted!

With many thanks for all of your essential support and we look forward to keeping in touch.

"Muito obrigado" from the project team!!!!

Hair Salon Visit - Before
Hair Salon Visit - Before
Hair Salon Visit - After
Hair Salon Visit - After
Mar 15, 2011

News from our project in Sao Paulo

Teen Mother and Baby Group
Teen Mother and Baby Group

Dear Friends of the Project Ser Mulher (To Be A Woman), we, the project team, would like to thank you very much for your kind donations made through GlobalGiving.  Your generosity is helping us to buy essential materials, such as dypers and milk powder for the babies of our project attendees, as well as making an important contribution to the provision of our non-formal educational courses.

 These courses, led by a trained and experienced educator, re-started after the Christmas and New Year break and are divided into different groups, including the Pregnant Teen Group and the Teen Mother and Baby Group. The project beneficiaries in these groups receive instruction on and actively participate in discussions about pre-natal care and mother care, with a focus on newborns. The knowledge gained through the courses helps our attendees gain a deep understanding of how best to care for their child and create a harmonious family environment, even in the most precarious of living conditions.

Your donations are extremely important to our work, particularly at this time when we are facing unprecedented challenges as a result of funding cuts made by the local government. We are putting great effort into fundraising from various sources to ensure that our work will not be interrupted and we very much hope to reach our overall funding goal of U$ 25,000, on the GlobalGiving site.

 As we continue to help improve, transform and empower the lives of high risk teenage mothers and their children in the heart of downtown Sao Paulo, we would like to express our sincere gratitude for all of your interest in and support of our work and to let you know that on March 16 GlobalGiving.org is matching at 30% all online donations (up to $1,000 per donor per project)! This means it is a great day to make a donation to our project and we’d really appreciate it if you could help us spread the word!  “Muito obrigado” from everyone here at the project!

Teen Mother and Baby Group
Teen Mother and Baby Group
Teen Mother and Baby Group
Teen Mother and Baby Group