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UK Charity 1091792

The 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.

Children 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 about it!

"We 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 children.

Please help if you can!


© 2005 Children of Bahia