Dear our amazing supporters!
As 2023 kicks off we now have 115 children attending our local community education centres. With your donations we managed to provide all 115 children 3 meals a day 5 days a week in 2022. That is 240 days with 3 meals for 115 children.
Your donations we funded 79,200 meals in 2022, we really hope to be able to do this again this year but the cost of food has risen by around 12% and we are struggling.
The local schools in Brazil are seriously under funded and with limited resources and not enough staff to teach they only offer 2-3 hours a day of education to the children and sometimes this is cancelled due to staff shortages. Our education centre fills the gap and our children are given mathematics, spanish, english, art and many other important lessons along with support with any homework (if given) from the school. We also know many children come from extreme poverty homes and therefore feeding them to keep their neutritian up so they can learn and remain healthy is such an essential part of our project.
Sadly the local government refuses to support our centre but makes us jump through hoops with renovation work and this year we need to fundraise an additional $5,000 to complete work to ensure we are not shut down, we also lost our founder towards the end of last year after a long fight with cancer. It's been a challenge but we are moving forward and that is because you are behind us so from everyone over here, thank you!
We wish you a lovely day and successful 2023!
According to our world data 697 million people around the world are suffering from severe food insecurity! 22% of children under the age of 5 are suffering from stunted growth due to malnourishment. Assisting these communities has been our focus over the last 10 months. Since the beginning of the year we have managed to provide 470485 meals to individuals in communities suffering from food insecurity across 5 different countries. Our goal is to provide nourishment and food security to those who need it most.
In Brazil and Costa Rica our feeding programs support early childhood development centers supporting children under 5 with carefully planned nutritious meals to ensure adequate growth and development. This is inspired by the tragic statistic of 22% who have suffered from stunted growth.
We would love to continue to grow our initiatives in promoting food security and expand our footprint into other countries and communities!
Thank you for your support
A big hello from the Educandário Comunitária Sonho da Vovó Clara (ECCSVC) or Grandmother Clara’s Dream Educational Community School in Mata Escura, Brazil. It’s been a busy summer – we are currently renovating a large indoor space which provides respite from the sun (and the rainy season) for the children to play, blow of steam and assemble for group activities and celebrations. This month we have been working very hard to replace the floor with tiles, that will help the kids stay cool and be easy to clean.
We have also been working on a new project – Projeto Leitura – or Project Reading. This is a big push to focus on reading skills, but also on the magic that books and storytelling can bring to children’s lives. Our teachers have worked really hard, alongside the older children, to decorate the classrooms to capture the children’s imaginations for make believe and story time exercises, the children and teachers have been acting out their favourite tales and enjoying daily group reading sessions.
We also celebrated Dia dos Avos – or Grandparents’ Day – on the 26 th July when we invited the grandparents of our 107 students to attend for a special celebration, where the children was singing songs and performing some prepared dances. We have also acknowledged that many of our students do not have grandparents who live locally. Many of our families have migrated from the state of Bahia’s extremely poor interior region – young families searching for work and opportunities often end up in favelas like Mata Escura, on the outskirts of Salvador, leaving behind older relatives in the countryside. Students have prepared cards for grandparents who can’t attend the celebration, practicing their drawing and writing skills, and also in a more general sense we have discussed the importance of caring for the elderly in our town.
The school’s teaching coordinator, Eliana, has specifically asked me to express her gratitude for all the support and donations that the school has received. She has asked me to convey just how important this help has been and continues to be in the lives of the children that attend the school. Without donors like you we would close and these children would be on the streets. Your donations this month provided daly fruit and a hot meal for all the children and also funded the props to decorate our classrooms and purchase 10 new story books.
Funds are tight so please do help us continue to purchase food and resources in August and beyond, every donation goes a very long way over here and I Thank you once again for your fabulous support that makes our work and the success of the children of our school a possibility.
With love and best wishes from the community of Mata Escura.
As a result of financial hardship and a lack of dietary education in the favela, many children show signs of malnutrition; weight loss, poor growth, increased susceptibility to illness and poor concentration..
Working with local community leaders we will fund more access to education ensuring the children have a chance to learn. With this project, we aim to improve nutrition by providing students with 3 balanced meals per day. We also provide weekend and holiday food and fruit packages whenever possible to help ensure that children are well fed when not at school. The project employs a local cook to prepare school meals. It costs the project $25 to feed one child per month.
Thank you for your support
Many rural families migrate towards urban areas in Brazil which means schools quickly become overcrowded. As many children spend their days on the streets leading to lives of crime we will focus on providing young children with access to education, providing more opportunity for the future. As a result of financial hardship and a lack of dietary education in the favela, many children show signs of malnutrition; weight loss, poor growth, increased susceptibility to illness and poor concentration.
Working with local community leaders we will fund more access to education ensuring the children have a chance to learn. With this project, we aim to improve nutrition by providing students with 3 balanced meals per day. We also provide weekend and holiday food and fruit packages whenever possible to help ensure that children are well fed when not at school. The project employs a local cook to prepare school meals.
Thank you for your support
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