JOB TRAINING FOR POOR MOTHER-SICK CHILDREN BRAZIL
Update October 2011
The Professionalization Project increase and improve a lot since the beginning.
Saúde Criança made some huge changed in the last year, becoming a social franchise and spreading the methodology on that model through Brazil.
Since the beginning of the project, during the past years now we have offered to students 1730 work tools and 2725 professional training courses, internal and external and we hope to keep increasing the numbers of graduation.
During those years, we had a lot be proud. Some great results and families histories that make us going, searching from results like that mother Silvana and her daughter Renatha.
Renatha was a healthy eight-year old when, all of a sudden, she started to get weak fevers that would come and go, with no particular symptoms associated with them. Silvana, her mother, thought these fevers were caused by a mere cold. But the fevers would not go away. Renatha was taken to a local health unit, and later remitted to a hospital. Nobody knew what was wrong. At last, Silvana took her daughter, Renatha, to Hospital da Lagoa, where she was diagnosed with a lymphoma. “Okay, so what does that mean?” –said Silvana, unaware of the gravity of the disease. “It’s a type of cancer,” said the doctor. “If she gets chemo she could leave the hospital, if she doesn’t get chemo, she will leave us,” he added.
After the initial shock, Silvana turned to Saúde Criança: “I got there expecting the worst. What am I doing here?” –she wondered. “I never thought one day I would need help.” Time management was a great concern for her, as she would have to spend an undetermined period of time at the hospital with her daughter. Before Renatha was diagnosed with cancer, Silvana had managed to make ends meet as a manicurist in São João de Meriti, Baixada Fluminense (RJ). Her daughter’s disease, however, changed everything. Silvana would now have to stop working, a luxury that, as an independent beautician, she could not afford.
Silvana was not alone. “You come from a life where you never get any words of encouragement. Suddenly you get there [Saúde Criança] and they say: “you are not alone.” That’s how it works at Saúde Criança: you’re never alone.” In addition to receiving a housing stipend, in her two years at Saúde Criança, Silvana received formal training as a manicurist, hairdresser, hair colorist, and make-up artist. She earned a diploma, working tools, and self-esteem. Renatha got chemo and lost all her hair, but she never lost her courage and the will to move on. She continued her studies and defeated cancer. Today she is her mother’s greatest supporter. She started a blog , so that her mother could advertize her work as an independent beautician. Renatha responds to all the emails, is engaged in various social networks, and is always looking for new ways to support her mother. Silvana, in turn, decided to reciprocate all the help she got when she most needed it. She has participated as a volunteer at Saúde Criança’s “Beauty Day,” where students and volunteers from the institution’s beauty courses offer free services for women. Additionally, Silvana is a hairdressing instructor at Roda Viva, an NGO in Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro.