Project #651

Job Training for poor mother- sick children Brazil

by Associacao Saude Crianca
Mother and her children
Mother and her children

We think there is not a better way to thanks, as from a mother assists testemonial:

"Relieved, Greice concluded that their life improved 100%. “I will carry this experience with me for the rest of my life. Now I have other dreams, other expectations.”

Mother and wife, Greice found herself in a desperate situation in 2012. What seemed at first to be a joyous occasion, the birth of Luíza, her youngest daughter, quickly became unfortunate: she was born with gastroschisis and intestinal atresia, problems of malformed intestines and abdomen. Her husband was unemployed.

L was admitted to Hospital da Lagoa and shortly afterward the family was referred to Associação Saúde Criança. At first, the help was for Greice’s transportation, so that she could go to the hospital and return home to see her two other daughters. Starting there, as L’s condition improved, Saúde Criança began to monitor the family and expand the assistance already provided, buying necessary special milk and helping with social issues, such as Bolsa Família and family planning.

When L developed an allergy, the association evaluated the living conditions of the family, and when they discovered very poor conditions, they initiated a renovation project. In August of 2014, the Housing Program was finished. L’s mother declared that after Associação Criança Saúde´s work her husband felt more at home in her house. “My children are much better, and I have a more adequate environment to attend my clients”.

In the workshops offered by Saúde Criança, she perfected her skills and learned new techniques. In a few months she was able to work and contribute to the family income. “I learned how to better work with my clients and to care for them, with the assistance of Saúde Criança. I was always a manicurist, but now I am a professional,” said Greice, who now is taking a hairdresser course.

For the family to improve, the husband needs to be employed and earn an income in order to cover the special and extra costs for her daughter, aside from the basic care of the family. The association is helping him to attain a driver’s license and thus become a more complete professional.

Little L’s family has grown a lot since 2012 and now much better off and close to setting out on their own. Relieved, Greice concluded that their life improved 100%. “I will carry this experience with me for the rest of my life. Now I have other dreams, other expectations.”

Mothers getting donation of working tools
Mothers getting donation of working tools

"My name is Vanessa Oliveira, I finished with a course on Introduction to Digital Photography from Senac Rio and to be able to know that this course will be a huge value in my work and very gratifying. I needed much more knowledge, and Saúde Criança and their professionalization project again believes in my mission. I hope to be able exceed the expectations and I only have appreciation for the care and respect shown to me and my family. It is an opportunity to grow professionally and an experience that I will carry for my whole life.

This is the next opportunity that I am pursuing through Saúde Criança, the first opportunity was an English course of which I’d dreamed a lot, but at the time I was going through personal problems and I could not enjoy the opportunity that was given to me as much.

After three years out of the job market, I was honored with a job opportunity as Archive Assistant with a producer in Rio de Janeiro, my dream come true, but I understand that we always have to improve, to gain more knowledge and in this moment I feel included again with a space in an outside course. To have one more opportunity, I thought deeply about the care that Saúde Criança has shown to our family. It is funny that I was looking for courses in my area, and the same week as my attendance, and I was called by the coordinator Rosa to talk about courses that would help me in my area. God does everything right in the right moment.

 Thank you so much to the whole team,"

Mother assisted with her two daugthers
Mother assisted with her two daugthers


When Tifany was diagnosed with cerebral paralysis and sent to Saúde Criança, her parents, Stephanie and Francisco, decided that they wanted to spend more time together as a family. That was when they enrolled in a cooking workshop offered by Saúde Criança and opened a bakery operating out of their home.

Stephanie and Francisco’s lives were transformed.The couple joined Saúde Criança in 2011 after being transferred to Lagoa Hospital because the eldest daughter, Tifany, age 9, was diagnosed with cerebral paralysis and congenital cytomegalovirus. Tifany has neuromotor delays and requires intensive care. Despite all of this, she is a joyful, friendly and very sweet girl who loves to play with her younger sister Ana Clara, age 6.

The parents completed the Saúde Criança Cooking Workshop and became excited about the possibility of opening up their own businessin their home to have more time to dedicate to their eldest daughter. A short time later, Francisco was laid off from the bakery where he worked and decided to invest everything in the new business: he used all of the money from his severance pay to purchase machinery from a bakery that was closing and adapt a part of the house where they live in the community of Vidigal, in Rio de Janeiro, to serve as a small pastry shop.

Today, by selling cakes, snacks, mini-pizzas, pastels and other baked goods, the couple is able to support the family. “We are happier now that we can work on our own. We are always supporting our children to raise them well, make sure they are healthy,” said Francisco. Tifany returned to school and to physical therapy. “My daughter is enjoying the quality of life that all children deserve,” concluded Stephanie.

The changes in the family’s lives do not stop there. In 2014, Saúde Criança will remodel Stephanie and Francisco’s home. The structure will be adapted to facilitate Tifany’s mobility, since she depends on a wheelchair to get around. The kitchen will also undergo a transformation. The idea is to expand the shop’s production capacity and increase the family’s income.

Mothers getting working tools donations
Mothers getting working tools donations

" I recently began the course, Introduction to Digital Photography, offered by SENAC Rio (an institute that offers vocational courses in Rio de Janeiro), and I am happy to say that this course will be extremely valuable to my work and is very gratifying. I really needed to improve my knowledge and skills, and Saúde Criança’s professionalization project is once again helping me reach my goals. I hope to exceed all expectations, and I have to thank you for the respect and care you showed my family. This is an opportunity for professional growth and an experience that will impact my life.

This is the second opportunity that Saúde Criança has given me. The first was an English course which was really empowering for me, but at the time I was having personal problems that stopped me from fully taking advantage of that opportunity. After three years without working, I was thankful to find employment as a Secretarial Assistant at a manufacturing company, a dream of mine.

 Yet, even with this dream realized, I believe that we always should be working to improve ourselves and gain more knowledge; I am once again entering a course. To have this additional opportunity, makes me think about the concern Saúde Criança has shown for my family. It’s funny that the same week I was looking for courses in my area, I had my monthly check-in at Saúde Criança, and I was called by the coordinator, to talk about courses that would help my professional development. This beautiful coincidence increases my faith that God provides everything at the right time." 

Mom assisted by Saúde Criança

mothers receiving working tools donation.
mothers receiving working tools donation.

The services at Saúde Criança are very important and have helped me very much. Not only have they helped my child’s health but with many other things.

I think Aconchego is very important because it includes the lectures, the hugs, and the affection of the volunteers, and they really do care about us. Every time I participate in these meetings I feel relieved, and I can only thank them.

Hairdresser Course

It is very important to me. It has really improved my self-esteem and my appearance. I was really worn-down, and thought I’d work my whole life in rich ladies’ houses, now I think about opening my own salon, being the boss and not the employee, who is so often humiliated. I can now dream about my children going to college. I want a different life for them, a better one…

Cristiane-mother assist by Saúde Criança



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Associacao Saude Crianca

Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Mariana Velloso
Rio de Janeiro, RJ Brazil

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