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.
The team continue to work hard on the ground in Brazil with the children and community of Mata Escura. Donations to this project help us to provide support and security to the community helping to ensure a safe and consistent education for the young students who may otherwise spend their time wandering the streets exposed to dangers and temptations.
Whilst volunteers work alongside the local teachers to help bring structure into the classroom donations help to dramatically improve the conditions within the school.
Currently donations help to cover the salaries for four local teachers and provide educational materials and a feeding program for the children. Coming from poor families many of the children may be malnourished and struggle to concentrate when at school. The feeding program aids concentration and improves attendance.
Donations also help to bring some joy to the school by funding small birthday celebrations for children when their big day comes around, purchasing what may be their only gift.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this project.
Volunteers and staff in Brazil recently took part in a three day challenge to help raise funds to support the project. Read on to hear an account from the challenge by GVI Latin America Project Director Dom Williams:
‘After three days hiking trail, rappelling, canyon scrambling and swimming, swollen river crossings, soaked tents, ants and Pedrock (one of our amazing guides, hewn from the Chapada Diamantina itself - for sure!) our ten challengers reached our goal, Cachoeira (waterfall) Fumaça, the tallest waterfall in Brazil, at 392m. After a 7 hour bus ride to Lencois, we trekked out early a few hours to reach our first goal, the incredible Cachoeira do Capivari, where we donned harnesses to rapell the 45m waterfall. From here, we headed on up to the first campsite next to the river, preparing ourselves for day two, when we river canyon hiked, boulder hopped and swam up kms to reach the amazing Cachoeira de Mixila, which has only been open to visitors for 4 years. More hiking to our second campsite at dusk, where rain swelled the Rio Capivari a metre higher overnight and we had to cross in the early hours to continue our trek towards Fumaça. The terrain all the way was quite stunning, and the majority of the trail no more than an upward goat track, up and over canyons, to reach our goal. Fumaça is one of those views that a photo cannot do justice. we trekked around to the top of it at an incredible 392m high, peering over the ledge straight down into the deep valley below. After three days hard trekking and adventure, the goal was worth each one of those 392 metres!
Many thanks to the challengers, the guides and to all of you who have donated to help raise funds for our school in Mata Escura. With funds raised so far our teachers wages are secured, as well as our food program, for a few more months!’
After a week of tropical rainstorms damaged the work on the classroom walls at the project in Mata Escura, Brazil, children set about creating some new artwork to brighten up the school. GVI volunteers brought in 4 huge drawings with `Under the Sea`, `Outer Space`, `Amazon Jungle` and ´Salvador City Centre` themes, which we cut into squares to allow each of the children to paint a section. Silence descended over the classroom as the kids worked in deep concentration to create beautiful results. Particularly impressive were Kelly and Karina, both aged only 3 years and 9 months but already showing artistic talent - they helped create the Under the Sea mural pictured.
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