Children of Bahia" is a small UK charity that has been
set up to support street children in the state of Bahia
in Brazil, and in particular homeless and impoverished children
in and around the city of Salvador. One by one, we're trying
to get the children off the streets and into a loving home.
of Bahia was set up in 2005 by an English couple, Iain &
Kirsty Beveridge, who were on a trip to Salvador in Brazil
for their Latin American crafts business "Kon-Tiki".
Iain & Kirsty were very upset to see such young children
living on the streets. They had encountered poverty in their
travels before, but never such young children and never
so desperate for help. Upon further investigatuion they
found a huge number of children were trying to survive on
the streets of the city, and this prompted them to do something
realised that it was beyound our ability to help everyone,
so we vowed to start helping just a few at a time".
Over the years
it has proven best to work thorough local projects, many
of whoom struggle for funds and have hopes and aspirations
way beyond their available resources. They also invariably
have dedicated volunteers and passionate project managers
who are crying out for support and additional funds.
To this end we
have a core team of people in Brazil who visit and work
with projects to draw up action plans, requests for funds,
and provide practical support with everything from sanitation
& nutrition thorigh to education programmes, keeping
the accounts in order and even professional training for
the volunteers and teachers.
Since the early
days the team has grown - we now have 6 trustees (4 in the
UK and 2 in the USA), an NGO and several part time people
in Brazil working with the projects and children directly.
We now provide support for over 300 children through 4 main
projects, but we have great hopes for the future if we can
raise sufficient funds.
Thank you for
taking the time to read this page. We know there are so
many worthwhile charities, and it impossible to help everybody,
but if you can spare a small donation, or some time, it
will make a huge and direct difference to these very desperate
help if you can!