End of the year it is time to make a balance. Ours is positive. Why do we think it was positive?
The highlight of the year was the income generating project organized by women. One of our main challenges is always to keep the basic infrastructure that allows us to maintain the house that hosts the project as well as the team of educators and animators that feed the educative process.
Our source of income are individual donations that are not constant therefore not reliable. There are months where it is possible to cover the total amount needed to maintain the 50 children at the center and we have even an excedent. There are months in which the money is not sufficient. In generally we have been able to cover all expenses since our inception in 2006.
This year of 2010, we envisioned new sources of income to sustain the house and the initiative with the children. This was done through supporting a group of women, some of them mothers of the children that are our beneficiaries. The idea was to create an income generation project based on the confection of articrafts made of recycled material. The project called Mulheres de Santa lasted the whole year and is occupying part of the house with hand made products and a second hand store where specially people from the community come to buy. So far this income generating project was able to provide 10% of the basic expenses of the house, as the women themselves also need to have revenue of their work. We envision that this can grow in 2011. The goal is to make the activities that support children at the center increasingly sustainable. This may take some years years, but this was the beginning.
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Rio de Janeiro,
Rio de Janeiro,