the age of 18 Donna Nilzete adopted her first orphan son.
Shortly after she took in three more orphans when living
in the countryside of Bahia. In 1964 she moved to the city
of Salvador with 26 orphans.
In 2008, at the
age of 78, she now manages three houses and looks after
over a hundred and forty children:
is pictured here with one of our Trustees Jewel on a recent
1) Baixa de Quintas:
house, that belongs to her family and provides shelter to
56 children - the younger ones, including babies. All of
them are brought by the Guardianship Council (Conselho Tutelar)
and by families who say they can't look after their children
any longer (this happens sometimes with very poor families).
2) Simoes Filho:
shelter to 63 people - adolescents and adults. The house
was donated by the priest of a local church. The priest
made a symbolic contract of 20 years of rent so, then, the
house could not be taken by the next parishioners. After
2 years, when the priest died, some parishioners have tried
to take it back to develop new activities for the community.
As Mrs. Nilzete states, two members of the church (jácomos)
have donated the house to the Institution, but it needs
the registration of documents which we are assisting with.
for 22 girls
Why does Mrs.
Nilzete do this work?
She says: - I can't see a child suffering, a child crying
- I just have to try and help them.
Today Donna Nilzete's
main concern is what is going to happen when she dies. COB
are working to help with this concern.
Children of Bahia
also provide a regular monthly donations, pay several bills,
and also provide educational support for the children and
training for Donna Nilzete's volunteer staff.
help if you can!