"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."
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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.
The Professionalization Project increase and improve a lot since the beginning.
Last November, Saúde Criança won an important award, Making More Health from Changemakers from Ashoka.
Since the beginning of the project, during the past years now we have offered to students 1749 work tools and 2756 professional training courses, internal and external and we hope to keep increasing the numbers of graduation.
In January, Saúde Criança is recognized as the best NGO in Latin America and the 38th in the world
According to the ranking published by the Global Journal, Saúde Criança is ranked the best Brazilian organization and 38th among the top 100 NGOs in the world. This initiative seeks to recognize the important role of NGOs as agents of global change.
The Global Journal, a monthly magazine based in Switzerland, is a new media dedicated to global governance. To reach the final selection, Global Journal used the following criteria: innovation, effectiveness, impact, efficiency & value for money, transparency & accountability, sustainability, strategic & financial management and peer review ( NGO and donor perceptions / awards and recognition).
Initially a list of 1,000 NGOs was established. This first list was then subjected to two group reviews, the first resulted in a ‘short-list’ of 400 and after a qualitative selection the final ranking of 1000 institutions was mounted.
It is the first time that such a list is organized and according to the article published in the magazine, it aims to stimulate debate by providing scholars, diplomats, public policy makers, international organizations and the second sector with an insight of the innovative approaches of the third sector and its main actors.
Since the beginning of the project, during the past years now we have offered to students 1730 work tools and 2748 professional training courses, internal and external and we hope to keep increasing the numbers of graduation.
During those years, we had a lot be proud. Last December, we celebrate anew graduation, 45 mothers graduated on the beauty and cooking courses.
We had only one father, Peter, that graduated in the cooking class.He got interest in course while he was waiting for her wife that did the beauty course. Their daughter Paloma, two years old is attend by Saúde Criança and has lactose intolerance.
He gave us a testimony during the graduation,”I always like to cook and now I decided to be a profession on that and maybe in the future open my business on that area. Nowadays I wok as a driver, but I want to make cakes to sell to my friends and neighbors to get some extra cash.”During the graduation he won a mixer.
Vera Cordeiro, founder of Saude Criança, in the front role with a green jacket with part of her team and the new profession graduated from the professionalization project.
Update October 2011
The Professionalization Project increase and improve a lot since the beginning.
Saúde Criança made some huge changed in the last year, becoming a social franchise and spreading the methodology on that model through Brazil.
Since the beginning of the project, during the past years now we have offered to students 1730 work tools and 2725 professional training courses, internal and external and we hope to keep increasing the numbers of graduation.
During those years, we had a lot be proud. Some great results and families histories that make us going, searching from results like that mother Silvana and her daughter Renatha.
Renatha was a healthy eight-year old when, all of a sudden, she started to get weak fevers that would come and go, with no particular symptoms associated with them. Silvana, her mother, thought these fevers were caused by a mere cold. But the fevers would not go away. Renatha was taken to a local health unit, and later remitted to a hospital. Nobody knew what was wrong. At last, Silvana took her daughter, Renatha, to Hospital da Lagoa, where she was diagnosed with a lymphoma. “Okay, so what does that mean?” –said Silvana, unaware of the gravity of the disease. “It’s a type of cancer,” said the doctor. “If she gets chemo she could leave the hospital, if she doesn’t get chemo, she will leave us,” he added.
After the initial shock, Silvana turned to Saúde Criança: “I got there expecting the worst. What am I doing here?” –she wondered. “I never thought one day I would need help.” Time management was a great concern for her, as she would have to spend an undetermined period of time at the hospital with her daughter. Before Renatha was diagnosed with cancer, Silvana had managed to make ends meet as a manicurist in São João de Meriti, Baixada Fluminense (RJ). Her daughter’s disease, however, changed everything. Silvana would now have to stop working, a luxury that, as an independent beautician, she could not afford.
Silvana was not alone. “You come from a life where you never get any words of encouragement. Suddenly you get there [Saúde Criança] and they say: “you are not alone.” That’s how it works at Saúde Criança: you’re never alone.” In addition to receiving a housing stipend, in her two years at Saúde Criança, Silvana received formal training as a manicurist, hairdresser, hair colorist, and make-up artist. She earned a diploma, working tools, and self-esteem. Renatha got chemo and lost all her hair, but she never lost her courage and the will to move on. She continued her studies and defeated cancer. Today she is her mother’s greatest supporter. She started a blog , so that her mother could advertize her work as an independent beautician. Renatha responds to all the emails, is engaged in various social networks, and is always looking for new ways to support her mother. Silvana, in turn, decided to reciprocate all the help she got when she most needed it. She has participated as a volunteer at Saúde Criança’s “Beauty Day,” where students and volunteers from the institution’s beauty courses offer free services for women. Additionally, Silvana is a hairdressing instructor at Roda Viva, an NGO in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.
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