Club - URGENT APPEAL!!
down for more information on IBCM who run the club)
on Wednesday mornings (they can't afford to do it every
Wednesday - but most), a buss travels around the city of
Salvador picking up street kids to go to the Wednesday Club.
The kids call it "The Happy Buss" - and by the
time it reaches it's destination it is packed full of children
looking forward to a day of fun, play, good food, a shower,
medical care, safety & love. For one day they can relax
and be children, play, get taken care of, and when they
leave they will be clutching a "Happy Bag" of
food "for tomorrow".
Wednesday Club costs around £500 and this includes
the rent of the bus and fuel, some staff costs (there are
plenty of volunteers too!), lots of food (and happy bags),
medical supplies and some drugs costs (sometimes local medical
students help for free too), Hygiene materials, some educational
materials and a few other bits. Often there are up to 80
kids and some mothers and their children from very poor
COB paid for
all four Wednesday clubs in December 08 and have paid for
two in January - we hope to do much more - please support
this amazing project and help us to keep the "Happy
can play and have fun and have good food. I wish it
was every day!"
held in a public park or any available large area
8:00 - Gathering
children from the streets by coach.
8:30 - 9:00h Breakfast
9:00 - 10:00h - Play outdoors
10:00 - 12:00h - Workshops of wisdom (Hygiene, Safety, Health
11:00 - 12:00 - Lunch
12:30 - 14:00h - Rest
14:00 - 15:00h - Songs and play
15:00 - 15:30h - Supper
15:30 - 16:00h - Hygiene and good-bye
16:00 - Buss leaves back
Director (unpaid!) Donna Conceicao says: "There are
more than 200 willing to come but we cannot afford it. If
there were other NGO's doing the same, we could split and
cater for all of them, but for now it is just us doing this
is extracts from an interview with Donna Conceiaco done
as part of our project appraisal process:
"I know the city well, every spot. Our focus is not
just donating food and clothes - we do donate them - but
providing health. Without health there is nothing left,
isn't it? The majority is HIV infected, on this Wednesday
we check up their health, provide medicine and send to the
hospital. I already know about these ones over here, what
is going on with their heath. We start taking care of their
health till next Wednesday. Sometimes for longer than that,
depending on the situation.
"We know they will get some food here and there. People
will sometimes feed them, but none will take them to the
hospital, wait there, provide a doctor, medicine, prescription,
find a sponsor, sell things or even take from my own pension.
The reason I do this is because someone must. We do not
know of someone else doing it. Projeto Axé (another
NGO in Salvador) is great, but it is art, playful related.
Health wise, I do not know
so far only me. My team,
I mean. We go everywhere"
note from the COB trustees
It may seem almost criminal to return these children
to where they sleep on the streets after the Wednesday Club
- there are simply not enough funds at the moment to do
more and there is nowhere else who will take these children
is our main aim this year - to provide more support
and opportunities to IBCM to firstly run the buss and the
club more frequently. Secondly to try and get somewhere
to become a shelter for these children (with associated
advice and services to help them on a more permanent basis)
and thirdly to start opening small houses with up to 10
children (and "house parents") in each to become
a more permanent home with proper education and the like.
is a heart breakingly sad fact that many of these children
already have HIV/AIDS, we need to act as quickly as we can
to give them as good a home as possible and the best chance
of the medical care they need. A home and the right care
can mean a long and happy life, without it the risk of developing
secondary infection is very great, even before the other
problems associated with living on the streets.
It would cost
a lot of money to do everything we would dearly love to
do for this project, open a child refuge centre, increase
the outreach program, improve the medical care, open up
to 10 small homes for up to 100 children in total. Whilst
this sort of money is a pipe dream at the moment we just
have to do what we can. £500 pays for a Wednesday
club, around £6 pays for a child to attend one Wednesday
club. We just have to approach this one day at a time, one
child at a time, and hope and pray that we can rally enough
support to do more.
really is an URGENT APPEAL
- please help us to help these children - please give what
you can - every penny will get there!! Any ideas - any help
- please do contact us!
Benficiente Concição Macedo )
IBCM have been
working in Salvador for 18 years and they focus on preventive
work and aid to impoverished people. Many who live with
HIV/AIDS. IBCM currently carry out the following work, but
hope with our support to help many more people:
- Aid to 15
families with HIV/AIDS that used to live on the streets
and are now on houses rented and totally maintained by
the institution. The funds to pay the rents are provided
by family members, friends and and sponsors. Without these
houses the families would be living on the streets.
- Aid to 40
children, ageing from 2 to 6 years who have HIV/AIDS.
Residential and drop in nursery which provides individual
treatment plans, medical care as well as education &
- Weekly club
with up to 80 street children, including breakfast, lunch,
educational activities, social assistance and medical
checking (see The Wednesday Club)
Director (unpaid!) Donna Conceicao says: "The vast
majority of street children and teenagers run away from
their homes due to mistreatment. This is why is pointless
to send them back to their families straight away, but we
need somewhere to host them overnight. In order to know
them better we want to open a place where they can feel
safe and at ease.
To win their
trust we try to answer their immediate needs, to offer them
a place where they can look after themselves, take a shower
and do their laundry, have something to eat and importantly
talk to adults who counsel them as friends.
We have started
the work with the Wednesday club - but it would be better
to have a place where the children can come at any time
to get access to basic hygiene, nutrition, medical care
and education, allowing them to build up a positive image
of themselves and acting increasingly with independence
and confidence in their capacities. A positive place where
drugs and violence are not allowed, a place for the ones
who wish to get off a life on the streets."
Children of Bahia
are currently helping to fund as many Wednesday clubs as
we can and aim to provide greater support to the amazing
work of IBCM over the coming months and years.
more funds we can raise the more children we can support.
help if you can!