Children living in the Pina neighbourhood of Recife experience severe social and economic exclusion and often leave school early with little or no education facing a future of unemployment and exposure to drug-related crime which blights the lives of many community members. The quality of education in the public schools is often very poor too, with overcrowded classrooms and badly paid, untrained teachers therefore leading to high levels of illiteracy and increasing school drop out rates.
By creating community spaces and providing education and support for vulnerable children, Patronato aids the social integration of children and adolescents of low-income families and works to ensure the community is fully able to support their young.
By receiving quality education, these children are given more chance of stability and success in their lives, making them less vulnerable to drugs and crime. Patronato reaches over 200 children and further benefits their families and communities.