Thank you so much for looking at our page. My name is Emma, I am the Project Director and one of 2 teachers here at the school in Mata Escura, Brasil and I wanted to explain to you what we do here and also give you an update on recent achievements.
We are an independent community school, without religious or political bias, offering free of charge education and child care to underprivileged children aged 2 - 16 years. Our school is located in the favela slum of Mata Escura, on the outskirts of the city of Salvador in North Eastern Brazil.
The community is deeply affected by violent crime, illiteracy, unemployment and a lack of quality housing and amenities. Many families are torn apart by drug trafficking and abuse and the city´s gang culture, which costs many young lives.
Since 2010 we have been offering a safe, caring, educational environment for the children of this community. A place where they can play, develop and learn and receive 3 balanced meals per day. We also provide reinforcement classes to older children and teenagers - helping them with their homework and providing teaching on the regular ocassions when their lessons at the local college are cancelled.
We currently care for 82 children and our doors are always open to new students, however we are 100% reliant on your donations to continue our vital work in this neglected community.
2 weeks ago at the school we celebrated the children's second ever Halloween party - the kids absolutely love this new addition and really enjoyed scaring each other with a spooky ghost hunt around the school buildings. The older children did pumpkin face painting with the younger ones and we finished the party by decorating cupcakes that Sonia the school cook had made. The excitement when the kids found out they could take these cakes home and eat them was incredible! Without donations from people like you we wouldn't be able to provide the children with these simple but memorable moments of happiness.
We have made some huge leaps forward academically in recent months with a number of children making big breakthroughs with their reading and writing. It was heartwarming to see 6 members of our first intake from 2010 aged 5 and 6 begin reading independently. A generous donation received earlier this year helped us to purchase good quality books for the school for the first time. These new books have played such a huge part in inspiring the children, we have been able to introduce daily story time and the children's interest in learning to read has tripled - it is great to see the kids squablling over books, not just footballs! One of older pupils, who struggles with learning difficulties, has also just learnt to write his name on his own for the first time - the pride on his face when he achieved this was fantastic to see and is such a critical milestone for his future.
In this coming months we will be starting a Christmas decoration art project and looking to raise funds to fix a recurring problem with our classroom roof, which is leaking once again. We hope to have both finished in time for a Christmas party for the children. In the new year we hope to restart our free of charge english classes for our young single mothers, these classes aim to engage the local mums with our work and also give them a vital skill to improve their employment prospects.
Thank you so much for taking the time to visit our page and we hope you will choose to support our cause - your support is vital and hugely appreciated.