Movimento de Saude Mental Comunitaria do Bom Jardi

The Movimento de Saude Mental Comunitaria do Bom Jardim (MSMCBJ) was initiated in 1996 as part of the outreach of the Comboni Missionaries in the Northeast of Brazil. MSMCBJ seeks to improve the lives of the people of the economically impoverished peripheral regions of Fortaleza, primarily the area of Grande Bom Jardim. To imagine a mental health project in a peripheral neighborhood like Bom Jardim, where the majority of people live in at-risk circumstances - in which extreme poverty, violence, a lack of housing and basic sanitation, street children, and unemployment predominate - is to believe that, even within pain and suffering, we can harvest flowers. That is, personal and social realit...
Aug 16, 2016

Checking in with Ruth at College

Ruth with her classmates
Ruth with her classmates

Hello supporters of MSMC!

Back in our April-June 2015 report, we introduced you to one of the indigenous youth that you support, Ruth. Ruth is a youth leader and member of the Anacé de Matões indigenous community. Back in 2015, she began college at the Federal University of Recôncavo Baiano for social sciences. That momentous step in her life was only made possible through the support that MSMC provided - financed by you!

So to thank you further and to help you see the impact of your dollars, today we have a reflection written by Ruth on what her experience in college has been like so far. 

My experience at college has been very rewarding and I have grown so much in the little time I have been here – even though I miss my village, my family, and my people. But I know that this is just for now, because I’m seeking knowledge not only for myself but also for everyone who has helped me get here. I love my program (in social sciences) and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. My classroom is very diverse; there are students from all over Brazil. Since I’m far away from home (the Federal University of Recôncavo Baiano is about a 16-17 hour drive from Fortaleza), I’ve been taken in by a quilombola family (quilombolas are Brazilians who live in quilombos: quilombolas are the descendants of Afro-Brazilian slaves who escaped slave plantations and formed their own communities). They have many of the same customs and habits that my family does, so I feel like they are my family, too.

The help that I am getting is invaluable; without it, I would not be able to fulfill my dream of going to college. This is really important for my family, too. Just a little while ago, my dad lost his job and wasn’t able to pay the bills. My education will put me in a better position to support my family. But without your support, I might have gone straight to work instead of having the opportunity to pursue a higher education first.

Thank you to all of the people who helped make my college experience possible. My family, my people, and I are so grateful and so happy for your generosity. Obrigada!

Mitakuye Oyasin

Îandé Memé Maranongara

Somos Todos Parentes

We are all related

Ruth on a visit home with Father Rino & Wopila
Ruth on a visit home with Father Rino & Wopila

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May 17, 2016

Giving Girls an Education - Because of You!

Monaliza, Naira and Nagila at school
Monaliza, Naira and Nagila at school

Hello Global Giving donors! Today we have a powerful and inspiring story to share with you about the impact of your donations.

Monaliza, Naira, and Nágila are sisters who recently lost their grandmother, who was their caregiver. Just a week later, they also lost their mother. All of a sudden, these sisters were orphans. At the day of the mother’s funeral, Monaliza turned to MSMC’s founder, Father Rino, and asked him, “Father please help me. My dream is to become somebody. I want to study and become somebody in life, along with my sisters.” With the funding provided to MSMC through its Global Giving campaign, MSMC was able to help them.

The sisters’ grandmother, Maria, was a volunteer with MSMC for 10 years. She taught arts and crafts, took care of the garden and participated in the theatrical group. In honor of all of her work, MSMC offered the three sisters spots in the Empowering Indigenous Youth project.

As a result, the girls have gone back to school. With the deaths in the family and the confusion and sorrow that followed, the girls hadn’t re-enrolled in school (the school year begins in February in Brazil). But with the help of MSMC, the girls were enrolled in a good private school and given school supplies, snacks, and anything else they needed to ensure their success.

With the help of MSMC, Monaliza, Naira and Nágila have reason to smile again, to hope again. They are achieving their dreams of “becoming somebody” – and YOU made it possible!

In addition to these girls, the Indigenous Youth project continues to support the following youth, who have been highlighted in prior reports:

  • Ruth – a member of the Anacé de Matões tribe. She is in college, studying social sciences.
  • Benicio – a member of the Pitaguary tribe. He is in college, studying geography.
  • Neto – a member of the Pitaguary tribe. He is in college, studying nursing.
  • Judimar – a member of the Dessana da Amazônia tribe. He is at a post-secondary technical institute, studying information technology.

If that weren’t enough, MSMC stays busy hosting a variety of events to engage its indigenous youth and build strong community ties:

  • MSMC hosted a high school graduation party for Pitaguary indigenous youth.
  • Pitaguary indigenous youth participated in a workshop on the Systemic Community Approach designed by MSMC at the State University of Ceará in Fortaleza, Ceará, Brazil.
  • Pitaguary indigenous youth participated in a key MSMC event called “Taking Care of the Caregiver.”
  • MSMC staff made house calls to Pitaguary families, providing medical and psychiatric help when needed.
  • MSMC staff visited the indigenous communities of the Anacé people of São Gonçalo and Retomada de Japuara.

As a new school year commences in Brazil, MSMC wants to give special thanks to its donors for helping keep youth on the path to success – and making sure that even devastating events like the death of a parent or caregiver won’t prevent a youth from “becoming somebody.”

the girls at MSMC headquarters
the girls at MSMC headquarters

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Feb 19, 2016

Indigenous Youth Going to College - Thanks to YOU!

Andreza
Andreza

Hello supporters of MSMC! We have great news to share with you – great news that is only made possible through your financial support!

Several of the indigenous youth that this project supports passed the competitive college entrance exam – the vestibular – and are now ready for a new phase in their academic and professional development! This is an enormous accomplishment, as going to college is not common in their communities. What’s more, these youth will apply their college education to helping their communities, a pay-it-forward model that creates sustainable growth.

Here are these exemplar youth:

  • Ruth: she is a member of the Anacé de Matões indigenous community, and she is in her third semester at the Social Sciences School of the Federal University of Recôncavo Baiano
  • Benicio: he is a member of the Pitaguary de Monguba indigenous community and he will be studying Geography at the Federal University of Ceará
  • Neto: he is a member of the Pitaguary de Santo Antônio and he will be studying Nursing at the Metropolitan College of Fortaleza
  • Andreza: she is a member of the Pitaguary de Horto indigenous community and she will be studying Psychology at the Metropolitan College of Fortaleza

A big CONGRATULATIONS to Ruth, Benicio, Neto, and Andreza – the face of a new generation of indigenous youth achieiving their dreams!

If you would like to help more indigenous youth get to college, consider donating just $5 or $10 to our project. We are almost there and every dollar counts!

Sending indigenous youth to college is not the only form of higher education support made possible through donors like you. In the last few months, MSMC has also been able to enroll several students in technical certification programs at the Maracanaú Technical School. In terms of other projects, indigenous youth have been busy participating in various community events, including one focused on promoting the work of people who collect recyclable materials, a festival for the Day of the Child, and community leadership meetings. MSMC also made visits to the indigenous communities of Anacé de São Gonçalo and Retomada de Japuara. Ever concerned with the well-being of future indigenous generations, MSMC also continues to work to prevent drug and alcohol addiction among indigenous youth through its Yes to Life project.

Committed to its mission of promoting human rights for all, MSMC also supported the participation of Pitaguary youth in a Promotion of Peace event in partnership with the Federal University of Ceará.

Committed to its mission of serving the local community, MSMC members have also made house calls to the homes of Pitaguary families in Monguba and Santo Antônio, providing psychiatric, psychological, medical, and social work help as needed.

Last but not least, 2015 finished on a special note with a visit from Global Giving representative Natalie Russell. She stayed at MSMC headquarters and found it to be a very fulfilling experience. Everyone enjoyed this opportunity to better understand Global Giving’s work and to thank Global Giving for helping MSMC have a global reach!

So, congratulations again to our college goers, and thanks again to all of you for your donations - every dollar counts!

Mitakuye Oyasin

Îandé Memé Maranongara

Somos Todos Parentes

We are all Related

Neto
Neto
Ruth & Benicio with Global Giving
Ruth & Benicio with Global Giving's Natalie R.

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