Apply to Join

Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil

by Action Change (Formally GVI Trust)
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil
Feed and Educate Children in Salvador, Brazil

Dear Supporters,

Students at Educandário Creche Comunitária Sonho da Vovó Clara – an independent community school offering free of charge education and food to the children of Mata Escura in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil are currently marking the change of seasons with lessons on the theme of weather and climate.We are now entering the hottest months in Brazil and our older students have been recording temperatures, tracking weather data and discussing how climates differ around the world and effect economies and lifestyles.

It has been particularly interesting to hear students’ first hand experience of farming in the interior of the state of Bahia – this region is notoriously arid and the difficulties that it poses are the reason that many of our families have migrated to the city of Salvador. Our youngest children have been producing lovely weather themed drawings and learning new vocabulary. Some fabulous work has been produced and we can’t wait to show our nature displays to the children’s parents during the annual Christmas Party.

We are making sure we are prepared for the high temperatures in the school by investing in new water play toys, making sure drinking water is available in each classroom, refurbishing the shower room and replacing a couple of broken fans – with no air conditioning in the school, fans are essential for ensuring our little ones can get some much needed rest at nap time.

Andrea, our school teacher, is currently organising our school Christmas party – a fantastic opportunity for students, staff and parents to mingle and build community spirit and for the kids to show off their wonderful work. Andrea is making sure every child receives a present from the school this year – this used to be provided by the local council for the most underprivileged areas, but this stopped last year. Andrea is currently on the hunt for quality, educational and fun gifts for the kids. She will be entering her 6th semester of teacher training in the new year – she has been studying part time in the evenings and doing fantastically well. She will graduate in early 2019 – it has been fantastic to watch her go from strength to strength as a teacher and to see the benefits of her training that has brought for our students.

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your support in 2017 – your donations make our school possible.

Feliz Natal e um prospero ano novo! (Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year!)

All the best,

Brazil 

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Greetings from (ECCSVC) Educandario Creche Comunitaria Sonho da Vovo Clara in the favela of Mata Escura on the outskirts of Salvador, Northern Brazil!

It’s been a great 3 months at the school, with so many academic successes! Our students have completed wonderful projects on animals, local flowers and plants and the weather and seasons - this has left the school looking wonderfully colourful.

We have also had some fabulous breakthroughs with our middle classes, reading their first full sentences and
doing well in maths. Great results were also received at the local high school by the older kids who come to the school for homework reinforcement - we are so proud of these students who, in some cases have been coming to us for 6-7 years now.

The month ended with a fun surprise party for our teaching assistant, Claudia. With the help of the children, Teacher Andrea and our cook Sonia, they baked a cake and prepared a song to surprise her with! It was a real surprise as they waited in a darkened classroom in (almost) total silence to spring out and serenade her when she arrived!

We continue to be really impressed with teacher Andrea’s achievements at teacher training college in the evenings – she is well on her way to being a qualified teacher and the students are really benefiting from her studies.

In early October, Brazil will be celebrating 'Dia da Criança' - Day of the Child. This annual festival is marked by a party in the city park organised by the local council for all public schools. There will be a picnic organised for the students along with activities such as facepainting and dancing. This is always a source of big excitement for our students, as for most it will be one of only two days out each year (along with our annual Christmas park trip). The buzz is already building and the kids have been asking for a daily countdown to the party every morning when they arrive!

Thanks to all our donors for their wonderful support which makes ECCSVC possible.

Share on Twitter Share on Facebook

Dear Supporters, 

Mother's Day

We invited parents and guardians to an afternoon coffee and a performance from our kids. All ages got together to form a student choir and performed renditions of popular Brazilian songs. They had practised for weeks before and the result was fabulous, as were there coordinating tunics that they had all helped make. The mothers and caregivers were delighted with the choir and most stayed the entire afternoon to take part in activities with the kids and take a look at the work they had been doing – the event became a de facto, informal parents evening – and it was great for Andrea, our school teacher, to have the opportunity to give some great feedback to our student’s parents – especially nice to see both kids and parents leaving so full of pride. We believe that bonding sessions between parents/guardians and the creche staff are essential to the success of our work.

Sao Joao Festivities

São João (St. John) is a festival that takes place every year in Brazil. The dates are marked with parties, traditional clothing and dances and traditional foods. The idea of São João is to celebrate the harvest and the country way of life. Every year we use it as a perfect opportunity to teach our students about Brazil’s rich history and geography and talk about the differences between life in the country and the city – many of students started life in the countryside and moved with their families to the city of Salvador in search of work. Once the party had kicked off the students began dancing to the traditional forro music and looked wonderfully cute in the country style outfits they had put together. The highlight of the day was definitely the feast of traditional foods that our school cook Sonia had put together – the children were so happy to be able to go back for 2nd portions!


All in all, it’s been a very fun month in the school – much needed when you remember it is set against a climate of increasing gang violence in the favela of Mata Escura. Our school continues to provide a welcoming and safe space for our students to learn, play and just enjoy being kids – something that can be very difficult for them in their day to day life.

Thank you for your continued support!

With Gratitude, 
Emma

Singing for the Moms!
Singing for the Moms!
Sleeping in the heat!
Sleeping in the heat!
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Look at the cool outfits we made!
Look at the cool outfits we made!

Dear Supporters, 

Our students have recently celebrated the famous Carnaval (Carnival) here in Brazil.

This year over 600,000 tourists visited Salvador for the week-long festival. Schools are closed during Carnaval week, which offers many families a much-needed opportunity to earn some money. Small enterprises spring up all over the carnival route and beach areas, and although the local authorities have been tightening the restrictions on unauthorised street vendors, a large number of the city’s children still earn money selling drinks, snacks and souvenirs and finding parking spaces for drivers. 

The situation for these kids is far from ideal, but it would be naïve to try and prevent families from taking advantage of this opportunity. Unfortunately, there is a darker side to Carnaval – crime rates (already amongst the highest in Brasil) take a dramatic rise during this week. Pickpocketing and drug dealing reach endemic levels and children, owing to their size and protection from prosecution, are sadly often involved. It is the continued work of our school to try and protect our students from becoming involved in Salvador’s criminal side.This year our school marked the carnival celebrations with a fancy dress dance. This was the culmination of a

This year our school marked the carnival celebrations with a fancy dress dance. This was the culmination of a 2-week long project organised by school teacher Andrea. The older classes read a number of books and we identified their favourite characters. Then the school staff worked with the children to create fabulous outfits for the dance from old clothes and material scraps. Take a look at some of these fabulous photos of our students dressed as characters from Peter Pan and Aladdin!

What's coming up next?

For the month of April, the children are going to embark upon a weather project – inspired by some very extreme warm and wet weather in the region recently. Andrea and her team are going to be teaching the classes all about the water cycle, the changing seasons and the effects of pollution on our environment. The skills that our teachers have learned in their part-time university studies have helped them gain the skills to tailor exercises for different age groups around the same unifying theme.

The school classrooms have received a refresh for the new year with some new tiles on the floors – these help the rooms stay clean and cool even on the hottest days – better enabling our children to concentrate on their studies in the summer months.

Still…there are times when only a quick power nap will get our kids through the hottest part of the day – as these photos will show! Nap time is important in the school day – our students attend from 8am – 4pm and many are awake very long hours due to parents work commitments – nap time is a calming period of the school day, after lunch has been served, which helps energise the kids for the afternoon session. 

Finally, we are very pleased to say that 3 of our kids started reading for the first time this month – we are so proud of them! 

Thank you for your continued support!

With Gratitude, 
Grandmother Clara’s Dream Educational Community Creche

Nap Time!
Nap Time!
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
Students at the party with Vandi, Eliana & Andrea
Students at the party with Vandi, Eliana & Andrea

Dear Supporters, 

At the end of the December, Andrea, our school teacher, successfully passed her fourth semester at teacher training college – she is doing very well and enjoying every minute, whilst our students benefit from all the new techniques and ideas she is learning. Andrea will be a fully qualified teacher 2 years from now, a fabulous achievement, especially given how hard she works in the school during the day.

Before term finished for the end of year holiday, the school held a Christmas party and you can see some of the wonderful photos here. 56 students attended and many brought their parents along for the event – we are always very happy to engage parents and carers in the work we do at the school. In previous years, the local government have provided a Christmas present for each child in poverty stricken areas, however, this policy was scrapped in 2016 due to economic and political problems in Brasil. To ensure that all of our students received at least one present, Andrea organised fun but educational gifts for all the kids – made possible with your donations. There were board games, doctor’s sets and toy vehicles handed out by our very own Santa Claus and the children were ecstatic – it was lovely to see them proudly and excitedly clutching their gifts as they left.

In the photos of the party, you will also see some of our wonderful school staff. They all deserve a special mention – Eliana is our school administrator, Andrea is the head teacher and is assisted by teachers Tatiana and Maria Auxiliadora, Sonia is in charge of the kitchen, with help from Vandi and Marinalva takes care of cleaning, maintenance and assists with the youngest children. Sonia and Vandi ensured that all our children left for the end of year holidays with a food package of rice, vegetables, fruit and pasta, to help ensure they remained nourished over the holiday period. Holidays are important in Salvador as we have a large migrant population – many of our families use the time to return to their home towns and villages in the arid interior of the state.

Andrea, Tatiana and Maria Auxiliadora will be focusing on the theme of nature for the Summer term..expect lots of great photos of our student’s wildlife projects in the next report…with the jungle just outside the back door of the school, the kid’s certainly have great access to the subject matter!

Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your donations that enable us to continue the work of our school – they are greatly appreciated. On behalf of the children of Mata Escura we wish all our donors the very best for 2017. 

Some of the gifts your donations made possible.
Some of the gifts your donations made possible.
Party food prepared by Sonia!
Party food prepared by Sonia!
Cards for parents with their child's best work!
Cards for parents with their child's best work!
All dressed up in their best clothes
All dressed up in their best clothes
Share on Twitter Share on Facebook
 

About Project Reports

Project Reports on GlobalGiving are posted directly to globalgiving.org by Project Leaders as they are completed, generally every 3-4 months. To protect the integrity of these documents, GlobalGiving does not alter them; therefore you may find some language or formatting issues.

If you donate to this project or have donated to this project, you will get an e-mail when this project posts a report. You can also subscribe for reports via e-mail without donating.

Get Reports via Email

We'll only email you new reports and updates about this project.

Organization Information

Action Change (Formally GVI Trust)

Location: London - United Kingdom
Website:
Facebook: Facebook Page
Project Leader:
Kate Robey
London, London United Kingdom

Funded Project!

Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.
   

Still want to help?

Support another project run by Action Change (Formally GVI Trust) that needs your help, such as:

Find a Project

Learn more about GlobalGiving

Teenage Science Students
Vetting +
Due Diligence

Snorkeler
Our
Impact

Woman Holding a Gift Card
Give
Gift Cards

Young Girl with a Bicycle
GlobalGiving
Guarantee

Sign up for the GlobalGiving Newsletter

WARNING: Javascript is currently disabled or is not available in your browser. GlobalGiving makes extensive use of Javascript and will not function properly with Javascript disabled. Please enable Javascript and refresh this page.