Project #651

Job Training for poor mother- sick children Brazil

by Associacao Saude Crianca

Last week, 34 mothers assisted by Saúde Criança graduated in a cosy party at Saúde Criança headquarter.They finished their courses in the beauty area and cooking area.

Saúde Criança donated for each one, a packet of tools to begin to work.

December was also very important because effectively marking our expansion beyond Brazil’s borders, the Associação Saúde Criança inaugurated its first franchise abroad, Saúde Criança Colombia.  The opening ceremony will take place at Javeriana Pontificial University in Bogotá, Colombia.

Vera Cordeiro, founder and CEO of Saúde Criança and Ashoka social entrepreneur, will preside over the event with a lecture on the history of the social franchise.  During the event there will be an exhibit with paintings done by Colombian artists, and drawings done by the children treated at San Ignacio Hospital, a partner institution with SC Colombia.

The inauguration will be attended by Dr María Lucía, Director of Ashoka Colombia; Martha Naranjo, founder and executive director of Saúde Criança Colombia; Jorge Adrian Naranjo, Chairman of the board and founder of SC Colombia, Vicky Colbert, advisor to Child Heath Colombia and founder of the Escuela Nueva Foundation; and Dr. Julio César Castellanos, Director o San Ignacio university Hospital.

Saúde Criança Colombia will begin to assist its first five families in January of 2013.  At the end of next year, Saúde Criança Colombia aims to raise the number of families helped by the innovative methodology of the Saúde Criança Franchise to forty.


The son of Maria de Lourdes, Rogério, was born with sickle cell anemia, a hereditary disease that causes malformation of red blood cells. But it was not until the boy passed by a surgery appendage to it was discovered that the problem of their severe abdominal pain was not appendicitis. Referred to Hospital da Lagoa, the disease was quickly diagnosed and the boy was treaty. The life of Maria de Lourdes, however, was already seriously affected.

Separated from her husband, she could not work. Due to the constant child crises, Maria de Lourdes spent the time leading Rogério to the doctor or watching him while  in the hospital. Working as a Maid and manicure, frequently she was missing  work: "I felt  like a useless  woman," she says. "When I got a steady job, he got sick and I had to miss." With self-esteem shaken Maria was refer to  Saúde Criança. That's when everything began to change.

She  took a professional course of manicure,  hairdressing, makeup and colorimetry. Rogerio made the beauty  course to be a hairdressing and  in his grandfather's house, set up a small salon with barber chair donated by ASC. Maria de Lourdes is transformed: "Now I feel like a true professional!"She says, adding that with the increase of income already managed to buy a sink and a chair manicure. She wants to work with the child and it is already planning to expand the salon, with floor and door donated by ASC.

Rogerio goes well with the disease controlled and Maria de Lourdes sends a message to mothers that are coming to Saúde Criança: "Do not miss this opportunity, enjoy. Saúde Criança has been a blessing in my life. "


Family Picture
Family Picture


"Hi, my name is Rosa and today I'm taking a course on manicures and hair removal, so later I will be able to have a salon of my own to work and be a professional.  For his, I am thanking all the employees for the opportunities that has been granted to me. I ask god to always enlighten us. Before, I didn't know how to raise my daughters alone. Today, I am well organized and have help for my children, mainly due to the course which I will be able to have my own income." 

Thank you for this opportunity


Mother before graduation
Mother before graduation

The following account tells the story of a family that, during its time in Saúde Criança, strove, with much perseverance and commitment, to reach the targets set for in their Family Action Plan. Saúde Criança provided services to Andréa Mendes, her husband, and their three children in the five areas covered by the program: health, income generation, citizenship, education, and housing. Beyond a verifiable improvement in the well being and structure of the family, the story of the Marques da Silva family provides us with yet another example of growth amongst the many witnessed by daily by the staff of Saúde Criança.  

Childs’s Name: Vitória Marques da Silva     Date of Birth: 11/08/2004

Guardian: Andrea Mendes da Silva      

In November 2004, Andrea arrived at Saúde Criança referred by doctors from Hospital da Lagoa. Her daughter, Vitória, was hospitalized in the hospital’s intensive care unit with a serious infection. Doctors diagnosed her with chronic encephalopathy. Andrea was going through the worst moment of her life when she got to Saúde Criança: unemployed and with two other children to raise. Despite counting with her husband, who worked and earned a salary, the family did not have enough resources to pay for the most basic aspects of their child’s treatment. Moreover, because Andrea had to take care of Vitória, her two other children would remain home unattended, a situation that put them at social risk given the conditions of their neighborhood. The family’s house was in terrible condition, which aggravated Vitória’s health problems. For all these reasons and symptoms of misery, Andrea joined Saúde Criança in a very fragile situation and with a low self-esteem.  

Firstly, ASC provided Andrea and her family with all the basic needs for Vitórias treatment: a wheelchair, medicines, milk, and staples. Next, Andrea’s house was refurbished so Vitória and the rest of the family could live with more dignity. A stronger Andrea under treatment with ASC’s psychologist enrolled in the hairdressing, manicure, and breading courses offered at Saúde Criança. With the confidence her knowledge transmitted her and with a heightened self-esteem, Andrea started to make her own money and eventually transformed the porch of her house into a beauty salon with wash basins on other instruments donated by ASC.

Ultimately, the family became strong enough to be discharged from Saúde Criança and stand on its own two feet. Right at this point, however, Andres’s oldest son, who was 17, died. His 12-year old brother Matheus, was greatly affected. Andrea’s life turned upside down and, in face of this tragedy, we decided to maintain this family in the program. During this period, Matheus joined Saude Criança’s project for adolescents, the mother continued to receive psychological support, and Vitória entered school. When she’s not taking care of her children, Andrea works in the beauty area. The family is purchasing a house in the plot of land where they currently live. Their goal is to increase the size of the beauty salon in order to increase their income. Despite the many obstacles it has encountered, this family remains united and strong, both from the psychological and socio-economic point of view. Andrea, mother of Vitoria, upon joining Saúde Criança, and at her graduation from the professionalizing courses, at the end of her period at Saúde Criança.






Mother after graduation
Mother after graduation
House after Housing Project
House after Housing Project
House before Housing Project
House before Housing Project






The Professionalization  Project  increase and improve a lot since the beginning.

Last November, Saúde Criança won an important award, Making More Health from Changemakers from Ashoka.

 Since the beginning of the project, during the past  years now we have offered to students 1749 work tools and 2756 professional training courses, internal and external and we hope to keep increasing the numbers of graduation.

 In January, Saúde Criança is recognized as the best NGO in Latin America and the 38th in the world

According to the ranking published by the Global Journal, Saúde Criança is ranked the best Brazilian organization and 38th among the top 100 NGOs in the world. This initiative seeks to recognize the important role of NGOs as agents of global change.

The Global Journal, a monthly magazine based in Switzerland, is a new media dedicated to global governance. To reach the final selection, Global Journal used the following criteria: innovation, effectiveness, impact, efficiency & value for money, transparency & accountability, sustainability, strategic & financial management and peer review ( NGO and donor perceptions / awards and recognition).

Initially a list of 1,000 NGOs was established. This first list was then subjected to two group reviews, the first resulted in a ‘short-list’ of 400 and after a qualitative selection the final ranking of 1000 institutions was mounted.

It is the first time that such a list is organized and according to the article published in the magazine, it aims to stimulate debate by providing scholars, diplomats, public policy makers, international organizations and the second sector with an insight of the innovative approaches of the third sector and its main actors.



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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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