Associacao Saude Crianca

The ASC is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families living in the poorest neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Grounded in the principle that illness is not caused by biological factors alone, ASC aims to break the vicious cycle of poverty and suffering - illness, hospital admission, and subsequent readmission and/or death - by assisting not only the child but his or her entire family as well.
Oct 16, 2012

One case of sucess from a mother assisted

The son of Maria de Lourdes, Rogério, was born with sickle cell anemia, a hereditary disease that causes malformation of red blood cells. But it was not until the boy passed by a surgery appendage to it was discovered that the problem of their severe abdominal pain was not appendicitis. Referred to Hospital da Lagoa, the disease was quickly diagnosed and the boy was treaty. The life of Maria de Lourdes, however, was already seriously affected.

Separated from her husband, she could not work. Due to the constant child crises, Maria de Lourdes spent the time leading Rogério to the doctor or watching him while  in the hospital. Working as a Maid and manicure, frequently she was missing  work: "I felt  like a useless  woman," she says. "When I got a steady job, he got sick and I had to miss." With self-esteem shaken Maria was refer to  Saúde Criança. That's when everything began to change.

She  took a professional course of manicure,  hairdressing, makeup and colorimetry. Rogerio made the beauty  course to be a hairdressing and  in his grandfather's house, set up a small salon with barber chair donated by ASC. Maria de Lourdes is transformed: "Now I feel like a true professional!"She says, adding that with the increase of income already managed to buy a sink and a chair manicure. She wants to work with the child and it is already planning to expand the salon, with floor and door donated by ASC.

Rogerio goes well with the disease controlled and Maria de Lourdes sends a message to mothers that are coming to Saúde Criança: "Do not miss this opportunity, enjoy. Saúde Criança has been a blessing in my life. "

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Aug 1, 2012

Mother's testemony

Family Picture
Family Picture

 

"Hi, my name is Rosa and today I'm taking a course on manicures and hair removal, so later I will be able to have a salon of my own to work and be a professional.  For his, I am thanking all the employees for the opportunities that has been granted to me. I ask god to always enlighten us. Before, I didn't know how to raise my daughters alone. Today, I am well organized and have help for my children, mainly due to the course which I will be able to have my own income." 

Thank you for this opportunity

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May 22, 2012

Meet here Andrea, a mother assited by Saude Crianca

Mother before graduation
Mother before graduation

The following account tells the story of a family that, during its time in Saúde Criança, strove, with much perseverance and commitment, to reach the targets set for in their Family Action Plan. Saúde Criança provided services to Andréa Mendes, her husband, and their three children in the five areas covered by the program: health, income generation, citizenship, education, and housing. Beyond a verifiable improvement in the well being and structure of the family, the story of the Marques da Silva family provides us with yet another example of growth amongst the many witnessed by daily by the staff of Saúde Criança.  

Childs’s Name: Vitória Marques da Silva     Date of Birth: 11/08/2004

Guardian: Andrea Mendes da Silva      

In November 2004, Andrea arrived at Saúde Criança referred by doctors from Hospital da Lagoa. Her daughter, Vitória, was hospitalized in the hospital’s intensive care unit with a serious infection. Doctors diagnosed her with chronic encephalopathy. Andrea was going through the worst moment of her life when she got to Saúde Criança: unemployed and with two other children to raise. Despite counting with her husband, who worked and earned a salary, the family did not have enough resources to pay for the most basic aspects of their child’s treatment. Moreover, because Andrea had to take care of Vitória, her two other children would remain home unattended, a situation that put them at social risk given the conditions of their neighborhood. The family’s house was in terrible condition, which aggravated Vitória’s health problems. For all these reasons and symptoms of misery, Andrea joined Saúde Criança in a very fragile situation and with a low self-esteem.  

Firstly, ASC provided Andrea and her family with all the basic needs for Vitórias treatment: a wheelchair, medicines, milk, and staples. Next, Andrea’s house was refurbished so Vitória and the rest of the family could live with more dignity. A stronger Andrea under treatment with ASC’s psychologist enrolled in the hairdressing, manicure, and breading courses offered at Saúde Criança. With the confidence her knowledge transmitted her and with a heightened self-esteem, Andrea started to make her own money and eventually transformed the porch of her house into a beauty salon with wash basins on other instruments donated by ASC.

Ultimately, the family became strong enough to be discharged from Saúde Criança and stand on its own two feet. Right at this point, however, Andres’s oldest son, who was 17, died. His 12-year old brother Matheus, was greatly affected. Andrea’s life turned upside down and, in face of this tragedy, we decided to maintain this family in the program. During this period, Matheus joined Saude Criança’s project for adolescents, the mother continued to receive psychological support, and Vitória entered school. When she’s not taking care of her children, Andrea works in the beauty area. The family is purchasing a house in the plot of land where they currently live. Their goal is to increase the size of the beauty salon in order to increase their income. Despite the many obstacles it has encountered, this family remains united and strong, both from the psychological and socio-economic point of view. Andrea, mother of Vitoria, upon joining Saúde Criança, and at her graduation from the professionalizing courses, at the end of her period at Saúde Criança.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                   

 

Mother after graduation
Mother after graduation
House after Housing Project
House after Housing Project
House before Housing Project
House before Housing Project

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