In this neighborhood, drug, violence and alcohol are prevalent. The afterschool project wants to continue to safeguard up to 60 children. It ensures their developmental and educational needs are met through play, creative handicrafts, cooking workshops and participating in sports and dance. Aged between 5 and 14, most come from one parent families and often have to fend for themselves after attending primary school in the morning. Therefore, Caras Alegres is invaluable to the community.
After attending school in the morning, there is ample opportunity for these children to become involved in activities that would be detrimental to their welfare. Our aim is to keep every child away from gangs, street crime and other influences such as, drugs and alcohol. These under privileged children are captured in a vicious cycle through lack of education and opportunities, some even have to deal with their fathers being in prison. The children and the whole community would benefit.
Having a fun, healthy environment, one where it stimulates and encourages the children to better themselves and remain in education is vital. We provide interaction with role models who teach them right from wrong, someone to listen, support and talk through any issues or problems they are experiencing. In addition, our project promotes children to help each other. In January, each child receives a backpack, stationery and books easing the financial burden on their parents.
Up to 60 children, their families and the community will benefit from better education opportunities, for example, going to University. A place that cares about both child and the family giving hope for a brighter future resulting in a way to break out of the poverty trap which they would otherwise face. Improvements to mental and physical health by instilling values like self respect and respect for others through learning. Long may it continue.