is our local full time project manager. Since joining us
in early 2005 Ana has worked tirelessly to help Maria and
the children and her achievements include:
- The new roof
on the refuge
the inside of the existing refuge
- Building the
new kitchen and Bathroom
- Many other
imporvements to the refuge
- Forming the
local NGO (SOMAR)
- Much lobbying
and legal work with the authorities
- Forming relationships
with local companies and organisations
Ana has also
put together a wonderful group of local trustees who between
them now run SOMAR. Ana handles all the day to day operations
in Salvador, and current projects include:
- A new child
care and community centre
- Opening a
- Planning and
preparing the way for the new orphenage
main duty however is to look after Mari and the children.
Ana has been organising classes for the children and providing
a whole range of supports for everyone at the refuge, from
hygene to finding some older teenagers work.
is working very hard to lay the groundwork for the new child
care centre and orphanage. This includes getting to grips
with a lot of local legislation as well as the practicalities
of location etc.
are moving rapidly and we look forward to reporting lots
of encouraging news soon.
two years of beating our heads against various brick walls
Ana is a breath of fresh air and we are very excited about
the next few months.
is the only paid member of staff at Children of Bahia and
is a vital on the ground resource who is looking after Maria
and making sure she is getting everything she needs whilst
the new refuge is planned and organised. Ana does have a
part time assistant, a lovely girl calles Sachibama who
is similarly very passionate about helping Maria and the
children. Sachibama's wages are very kindly paid for by
one of our wonderful supporters Maralyn, who has also been
paying for the office rent. We had to get an ofice to form
the NGO and when Maralyn visited Salvador in 2005 she saw
the real need for an office and has marvelously provided
one for us.
Ana's assistant Sachibama (left) and on the right a picture
of the SOMAR office
SOMAR is giaing
its own momentum now which we are absolutly deligahted about.
It is become far more than we had hoped for, a local group
of trustees who are dedicated to helping the thousands of
street children in Salvador. SOMAR is however completly
reliant on funding from Children of Bahia and we are working
ahrd to raise the necessary funds both to continue the wornderful
work already achieved, and to fund the new chid care centre
and the new orphanage.
Once we get the
new centre the office will move in there to save money,
and we hope to hear in mid February if we have secured the
funding to get the new building.
The very best
way people can help is to give money. It sounds mercenary
but that's what is most needed to help the children. Local
people are volunteering to help but we need to get, equip
and run a building, and that costs money.
can make a donation Online now - please
help if you can.