I am happy to be in touch again with an update from our project in Brazil. We currently care for 75 children and our doors are always open to new students. We do not receive any state funding and are 100% reliant on your donations to continue our work in this neglected community so we sincerely thank you for your support. Below is a report from Emma Astles, Teacher and Project Director in Brazil:
We employ a team of 3 local people, creating much needed employment in the favela. Andreia our school teacher, Sonia our school cook and Claudia our nursery nurse and kitchen assistant were all born and raised in Mata Escura. They have great pride in their work and the opportunity the school creates for the new generation in the favela. We will use a large part of this donation to fund their salaries as follows:
Diets are poor amongst the families we work with, many children survive on rice, biscuits and sugary drinks, with very little fresh food or fruit. The effects of this are reflected in their susceptibility to illness and concentration problems. We provide our students with 3 meals per day and fresh fruit at least 3 days per week. This normally consists of porridge for breakfast, rice, beans, meat and vegetables for lunch and soup in the afternoon. At weekends and during the holidays, we do our best to provide families with food parcels and fruit.
Recent news from the school:
- We are very pleased to announce that Andreia has passed her first set of exams on the road to becoming a qualified teacher. She is studying in the evenings at a college in Salvador and really enjoying the work.
- We received an additional 7 students when we returned from the carnival holidays. These kids are settling in really well and are fantastic additions to our school.
- One of our older children, Franciele, recently received top marks in her end of year school exams at the local secondary school – she has been studying with us in the afternoons and at our daily homework session since the school began.
Thank you again for all your support for this project and I look forward to being in touch with more news soon
GVI Charitable Trust manager