Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today

by Action Change (Formally GVI Trust)
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Feed a Hungry Child in Brazil Today
Our School will open again
Our School will open again

Dear Supporters,

Some days it is hard for our community members to see the light at the end of a long fight against poverty and many other globoal issues that they face. With the continued support our you, our generous donors, we have continued to be able to provide a warm meal daily for our students.

This is such an important part of this project as well as funding learning resources. Poverty is a huge issue and often parents look to keep children at home to help with daily tasks and therefore loose out on an education. Without education it is almost impossible to fight the cycle of poverty. 

At our local school, it's not just a building it is a safe and great part of the community to welcome children to learn. With your donations we fund a daily school meal which is not only an incentive for parents to send their children to school, as they can't afford a meal for them, but a full tummy helps children to actiive their brain and retain what they are taught. 

2020 on top of all these challenges COVID-19 hit everyone worldwide and while we know things have gotten really bad for many people around the world Brazil is now in the top worst affected Countries. In December Brazil reported over 190,000 deaths due to COVID-19 with well over 3 million infected. 

Our school had to close but we continued to support the chiildren from a distance, we are hoping to open in 2021 and will do everything possible to ensure we social distance and protect our students but resources are limited but every donation we get will continue tio ensure goes directly to making the lives of our chiildren better.

 

We wish everyone a festive and safe holiday and we hope that 2021 brings us all some better news. From everyone at our school we thank you for your donations and continued support 

 

Thank You! 

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Dear Supporters,

 

A big hello from the Educandário Creche Comunitária Sonho da Vovó Clara (ECCSVC) or Grandmother Clara’s Dream Educational Community Creche in Mata Escura, Brazil. Here on the outskirts of the city of Salvador, life is still severely disrupted by Covid-19. The virus arrived late in South America, but since it’s arrival Brazil has suffered over 100,000 deaths, the 2nd highest number worldwide. Over 5,200 of those deaths have been in the city of Salvador, which has registered total cases in excess of 250,000.In recent weeks the favela of Mata Escura has been one of 4 areas of the city where cases have been rising sharply and has consequently been placed into ‘local lockdown’, meaning the lifting of measures has been postponed and shops and schools remain closed.

 

Brazil has been hit hard by Covid-19. The country’s president, Jair Bolsonaro, is a sceptic who even led anti-lockdown demonstrations and decisive action to stop the spread of the virus was slow in coming. Poor communities like ours, where families live in close quarters, running water is not guaranteed, products such as soap and hand sanitizer are not readily available and access to healthcare is limited have been hit the hardest. 

 

Nevertheless at the ECCSVC we are doing what we can to offer practical support to the community and prepare for a return to a full timetable. We are currently offering childcare and lessons for those children whose parents have returned to work. The numbers we can cater for are limited, but we are lucky to have a lot of outdoor space to enable social distancing. What we have been working on is providing shade to enable outdoor lessons to proceed safely. Temperatures in Salvador are always high and will rise over the next few months as we approach the Brazilian summer. If we can find a way to keep our students safely shaded then we will be able to return to full capacity much sooner. We are working on erecting sun shades and makeshift awnings. 

 

For the children who have returned to the ECCSVC our teaching staff are working hard to catch up on lost time, we have never seen our students so enthusiastic to learn after so many weeks away from school! We are also reinforcing principles on how to prevent the spread of Covid-19, practising regular hand washing, teaching nursery rhymes that our youngest kids can use to help them wash their hands properly and thinking of fun ways to teach social distancing principles.  

 

For those students not yet able to return to classes we are still offering food and, whenever funds allow, parcels of essential items like cleaning supplies. Our school staff have been available every day to talk, support parents, to advise, help with practical solutions to the dilemmas they are facing and point families in the direction of the government assistance available. 

 

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. 

 

With Gratitude,

 

Brazil Education

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Dear Supporters,

 

Greetings from a very quiet Educandário Creche Comunitária Sonho da Vovó Clara (ECCSVC) or Grandmother Clara’s Dream Educational Community Creche in Mata Escura, Brasil. Sadly, as we are seeing across the world, we have been forced to close to comply with lockdown restrictions in the fight to slow the transmission of Covid-19. This deadly virus is hitting everybody hard at the moment, but that blow is most acutely felt in poor communities like ours.  

 

Poverty stricken areas struggle to be able to take the basic measures needed to stay safe - on a practical level many homes in Mata Escura lack basic sanitation to make regular hand washing a possibility and sanitizing hand gel, gloves, masks, extra quantities of soap – these are items that are not in the budget of our families. As waves of panic buying have hit Salvador many of our families have been left behind – you cannot stockpile if you do not have expendable income. Consequently, many of our families have been very worried about dwindling supplies of basic items like baby formula, flour and eggs in the local stores. For our parents that work, most are employed in either essential manual services – for the transport system, refuse collection, cleaning, working in supermarkets etc and as such as still working – or in unofficial roles such as selling items on the beach, in the markets etc – there is no support in place for these workers, therefore there is little choice for many but to keep heading out and looking for ways to make money. It is a terrible dilemma faced by poor families, there is no lack of appreciation of the seriousness of the crisis, but when you have mouths to feed how do you stay home? 

 

Fortunately cases of Covid-19 in the local area have so far been limited, but there is evidence that numbers are beginning to rise sharply. This is extremely concerning given the poor, crowded and unhygienic state of the local public hospitals, coupled with poor diet and healthcare that will mean many locals, both young and old, will be disproportionately affected by the illness. The atmosphere in the area at the moment is one of fear and tense expectation.  

 

For our part the ECCSVC is doing what it can to help. Our school cooks have continued to cook up a storm – offering food for collection each day to our students and their families. We have also put together food and essentials parcels for families to take home – including comestibles and cleaning/hygiene supplies. Whilst our teachers have been unable to come to work due to the restrictions in place, our school administrator Eraldo, who lives on site, has been available every day to talk, support parents, to advise, help with practical solutions to the dilemmas they are facing, administer emergency aid and point families in the direction of the government assistance available.

 

 As in communities all over the world, Mata Escura is battling on. There will be tales of awful tragedy before this fight is over as I am sure there will be tales of wonderful community spirit and success against the odds; and the odds are stacked against many here. These are resilient people, with big, bold hearts and a fabulous ability to stay smiling through the roughest of times and I am sure they would want me to wish everyone the very best, stay safe and stay positive. 

 

On an entirely different note and in the spirit of focussing on the positive – our wonderful Andrea finished her studies just before the Corona outbreak took hold and has now qualified as a teacher. Andrea has worked in the school for nearly a decade and is beloved by staff and students alike for her calmness, kindness and fabulous sense of humour. We have been supporting Andrea to attend night classes at the local college and our students have already been benefiting from all the new techniques, knowledge and resources she has acquired. We are so proud of you Andrea, you have always been a marvellous teacher, but now it’s official! 

 

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,

 

Brazil Education

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Dear Supporters,

 

At our school,The Educandário Creche Comunitária Sonho da Vovó Clara (ECCSVC) or Grandmother Clara’s Dream Educational Community Creche in Mata Escura, Brasil, students are currently in the middle of their Christmas and Carnival break. This is the longest holiday in the school year in Brazil and coincides with the year’s hottest weather, when temperatures soar and studying in un—air conditioned classrooms can become impossible. Our project still works hard to support the local community during this period – we provide food parcels of rice, pasta and vegetables for our students to take home, to ensure they continue to eat well during the holidays. We also still offer reinforcement classes for older children and the school buildings remain open for children who want to pop in off the streets and play, dance or chat to our school founder, Sr. Eraldo, who is always a friendly face. 

 

The end of Christmas term was full of celebration in the school.  The Christmas party was a great success, with lots of dancing and games. There was also a small gift from Santa Claus for each child – only possible thanks to the kind donations we have received. Most of our students won’t receive gifts at home – in many cases their parents simply do not have the funds for this. They were ecstatic with the gifts they received at the party, although a little suspicious that Santa Claus might in fact have been Sr. Eraldo.  

 

This year we also decided to mark some exceptional educational achievements in the school by holding a graduation ceremony for the students completing the first and second stages of their primary education. This was the first year we have held these ceremonies and they had a huge emotional impact on our students – it was so great to see them celebrate their academic work and realise the rewards and recognition that can come from participation in education. The ceremony also created a huge sense of pride amongst the parents that attended. In a community where education has been so underfunded and neglected by the authorities, it is key that we continue to reinforce the significance of learning amongst our families.

 

For the past week our school teacher Andrea has been working hard to prepare the school for the new term and she has also been receiving visits from new students and their parents wishing to enrol. It’s great that we will have lots of new faces for 2020 and we are really hoping that all our regulars return – we know that many have travelled to the interior of the state to visit family. It is normal for some families decide to remain in the countryside after the festive period and, alongside the new faces we welcome, we are always prepared for some students to disappear. This is a pattern we witness every year; most of our families have migrated to Salvador from the very poor and barren interior of the state looking for employment. Unfortunately the promise of regular work in the city does not become a reality for most. We believe we will see a net increase of students this year, but we must wait and see.  

 

Thank you once again for your fabulous support that makes our work and the success of the children of our school a possibility. Happy New Year or Feliz Ano Novo! 

 

With Gratitude,

 

Brazil Education

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Dear Supporters,

 

Students at Educandário Creche Comunitária Sonho da Vovó Clara – an independent, community school offering free education and food to the children of Mata Escura in Salvador da Bahia, Brazil – have been extremely industrious in the last couple of months. 3 huge learning projects have been completed and the school has been a riot of colours with all the beautiful work…some of these colours have even spilled over into the streets of the Mata Escura favela! 

 

To begin the month of September students celebrated the arrival of Spring with the ‘Spring is Alive!’ project. Students completed work on the seasons, the life cycle of plants, birds and other animals and an art project to create Spring inspired carnival outfits. A large group of students then completed a fun parade through the streets of the favela, showing off their outfits and hailing the end of the rainy season and the arrival of drier Spring days. It was a lovely event that brought some much-needed cheer to the streets of this deprived town. It was great to see the students' pride in their school and their project work, the children sang songs as they walked and showed the positive side of life in Mata Escura, when all too often only the crime and deprivation in the area are visible. 

 

At the end of the month our younger students celebrated Day of the Tree (21st September). They created a lovely mural for the school entrance hall, featuring all their handprints making up the leaves of a giant tree. Teacher Andrea also took the older children into the wooded area at the back of the school and they identified trees and did some leaf rubbings. Mata Escura means ‘dark forest’ so it’s very appropriate that our students learn about trees! 

 

The beginning of October saw the start of ‘Transport Month’. We began with a practical project with the students making their own road signs and traffic signals. Our teachers then put their heads together to design a fantastic game, with a road layout on the floor and large movable buses. The students split into teams and played for points, going round the road course and obeying the traffic signals. This was fantastic fun and a great way for the children to learn how to understand the transport system and stay safe on the roads. With so many children walking long distances to and from school and having to cross numerous busy highways, this work could prove invaluable in preventing an accident.

 

 
We hope you enjoy these colourful photos of our fabulous Spring months (September and October) at the school and thank you for the donations that make our work possible.

 

With Gratitude,

 

Brazil

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