Thank you so much for looking at our page. My name is Emma, I am the Project Director and one of 2 teachers here at the school in Mata Escura, Brasil and I wanted to explain to you what we do here and also give you an update on recent achievements.
We are an independent community school, without religious or political bias, offering free of charge education and child care to underprivileged children aged 2 - 16 years. Our school is located in the favela slum of Mata Escura, on the outskirts of the city of Salvador in North Eastern Brazil.
The community is deeply affected by violent crime, illiteracy, unemployment and a lack of quality housing and amenities. Many families are torn apart by drug trafficking and abuse and the city´s gang culture, which costs many young lives.
Since 2010 we have been offering a safe, caring, educational environment for the children of this community. A place where they can play, develop and learn and receive 3 balanced meals per day. We also provide reinforcement classes to older children and teenagers - helping them with their homework and providing teaching on the regular ocassions when their lessons at the local college are cancelled.
We currently care for 82 children and our doors are always open to new students, however we are 100% reliant on your donations to continue our vital work in this neglected community.
2 weeks ago at the school we celebrated the children's second ever Halloween party - the kids absolutely love this new addition and really enjoyed scaring each other with a spooky ghost hunt around the school buildings. The older children did pumpkin face painting with the younger ones and we finished the party by decorating cupcakes that Sonia the school cook had made. The excitement when the kids found out they could take these cakes home and eat them was incredible! Without donations from people like you we wouldn't be able to provide the children with these simple but memorable moments of happiness.
We have made some huge leaps forward academically in recent months with a number of children making big breakthroughs with their reading and writing. It was heartwarming to see 6 members of our first intake from 2010 aged 5 and 6 begin reading independently. A generous donation received earlier this year helped us to purchase good quality books for the school for the first time. These new books have played such a huge part in inspiring the children, we have been able to introduce daily story time and the children's interest in learning to read has tripled - it is great to see the kids squablling over books, not just footballs! One of older pupils, who struggles with learning difficulties, has also just learnt to write his name on his own for the first time - the pride on his face when he achieved this was fantastic to see and is such a critical milestone for his future.
In this coming months we will be starting a Christmas decoration art project and looking to raise funds to fix a recurring problem with our classroom roof, which is leaking once again. We hope to have both finished in time for a Christmas party for the children. In the new year we hope to restart our free of charge english classes for our young single mothers, these classes aim to engage the local mums with our work and also give them a vital skill to improve their employment prospects.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our page and we hope you will choose to support our cause - your support is vital and hugely appreciated.
On a general note, recent donations have allowed the school to continue functioning providing education and childcare to children aged 6months - 16 years in the violence and poverty stricken favela of Mata Escura. This donation is our only source of income and therefore without it we would not be able to continue offering literacy, numeracy, a safe place to learn and play and 3 meals per day to these children, whose community suffers from unreliable and poor standard public education, drug abuse, gang violence, the highest murder rates in the city, a lack of public sanitation and poor quality housing.
On a more specific note, this month we were visited by Brazilian health service workers who provided the children with toothbrushes and taught them how to brush their teeth correctly - many of our children have dental problems which are untreated. Unfortunately the quality of the toothbrushes was dreadful and the majority had broken by the following week - in addition the majority of our children do not have toothpaste at home. Not wishing to lose this positive momentum we decided to invest in toothbrushes and toothpaste for each child to take home in a bid to promote dental health amongst families.
So as you can see, all of your donations have had a fantastic impact, and have all gone to improve the lives of many children.
The most recent donations have made a huge difference to the lives of the children that we are supporting in Brazil.
Your donations have allowed the school to continue functioning providing education and childcare to children aged 6months – 16 years in the violence and poverty stricken favela of Mata Escura. Your donations are our only source of income and therefore without it we would not be able to continue offering literacy, numeracy, a safe place to learn and play and 3 meals per day to these children, whose community suffers from unreliable and poor standard public education, drug abuse, gang violence, the highest murder rates in the city, a lack of public sanitation and poor quality housing.
Furthermore, Claudia is back working at the school as a teaching assistant – really helping with the new babies who have enrolled recently – they demand a lot of personal attention and it is great that with Claudia´s help the older children´s studies do not suffer as a result.
Thank you once again for your donations, you can see the difference that you are making.
Thanks to the donations we receive through Global Giving we have been able to continue functioning and providing education and childcare to children aged 6months – 16 years in the violence and poverty stricken Favela of Mata Escura, Brazil.
This is one of our few sources of income and therefore without it we would not be able to continue offering literacy and numeracy. Over and above education the children also have a safe place to learn and play and 3 meals per day. This community suffers from unreliable and poor standard public education, drug abuse, gang violence, the highest murder rates in the city, a lack of public sanitation and poor quality housing.
The children at the school continue to receive fresh fruit every day and are progressing every day in their literacy and numeracy skills.
After over two years of working with the community of Mata Escura in Salvador, Brazil this project has helped the community to create a stable, educational, fun and safe environment for vulnerable children. Without the school the children we have been working with would be left to wander the streets where they will be exposed to many dangers and risks.
The school has now grown and developed into something wonderful, a place where children have grown in confidence and developed their learning to new and exciting levels.
Thanks to generous support from donors and much hard work and time from GVI volunteers we feel we have come a long way. Project director Dom Williams explains:
"We have built classrooms, a playground and a new kitchen, the foundations of a good, safe environment for learning, and also showed local staff how it can be done and taken forward. Many thanks for your help to get us to this position and here is to a prosperous future, with what is in place."
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project, none of this would have been possible without you. We wish the community, staff and children in Mata Escura and each of you a very happy and prosperous New Year.
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