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Going to Salvador? You lucky things!

Visiting Projects

Supporters are welcome to visit and establish links with any of the projects and to see and discuss the situations first had with our local project coordinators and teachers.

But be warned - Several of the projects are in dangerous areas.

Your safety is paramount. We strongly advise you go with a COB representative - if you are visiting Salvador drop us an e-mail and we will be happy to arrange to collect you from your hotel (if you are in Salvador) and take you to see one or more of the projects. This is much safer for everyone, and you will get much more out of your visit, particularly if you don't speak Portuguese well (Ana and some others speak good English).

If you are a well seasoned traveler you might want to venture there under your own steam, however the following advice should be noted:

  • Make an appointment with the project (through COB) before you go
  • Go with a local - Never go alone
  • Don't wear or take anything valuable
  • If you take a taxi, get it to wait for you
  • Get the driver to go and find someone who is expecting you
  • Ideally don't stay too long - they generally have a lot to do
  • Never be left alone with the children (this should not happen anyway)
  • Carry some form of ID and our contact details in case the authorities visit and want to know who you are
  • Please do not take too many photographs, particularly of the children (there are laws regarding this in Brazil).

 

One of our trustees Elio visiting
Sin. Nilzettes refuge in 2008

Why not take an extra bag full of goodies for the children - usually asking around friends, family and colleagues can rustle up a pile of free stuff such as:

  • Children's clothes & shoes
  • Nappies, Babies bottles & general baby stuff
  • Pens, Pencils, colouring books
  • Some toys, games and sweets

Don't worry about sizes - anything they can't use is either stored away for a needy child or sold - nothing is ever wasted.

You can make a donation when in Brazil - please hand it to a COB representative - or alternatively send it to us directly on your return. If you wish to give money to a project direct we would be delighted - but please do discuss it with your COB representative - they may not be able to cash your cheque and passing what will probably amount to a large amount of cash (in local terms) can be difficult and even dangerous for the people receiving it.

All money is carefully allocated and accounted for. Cash payments in Brazil are possible but need to be done carefully (e.g. pass it to COB somewhere safe, we will make sure your wishes are adhered to and will provide a receipt and ongoing report on the project you are supporting).

Similarly if you take lots of things for the children please discuss it with either COB or the Project Leader before handing the stuff out - they may not wish to give it all out straight away. Reasons for this can include using ensuring a fair distribution, using some items as incentives, saving some for Birthdays / Christmas etc.

Need a guide? - meet Alberto!

Here are the contact details of a great friend of ours and a very trustworthy guide called Alberto. It was Alberto who originally introduced us to projects in Salvador! And he visits regularly and keeps and eye on things.

Alberto is a fabulously knowledgeable guide for Salvador and the surrounding area. I think he charges about US$50 per day and an extra US$25 if you need him to drive and bring the car. It's a very good rate and Alberto is an excellent guide who speaks fluent English.

You can email Alberto on albertonorris@gmail.com

Or call Alberto on... 71-9176-0388 or 71-8665-7090

Got any useful contacts?

We are always looking for useful contacts in Salvador to help. Please let your hotel know if you are going to see a project - they may not know about it! Or you may know a builder who might be willing to help with some renovation work, or a local business person who might be interested to help. Any contacts or advice gratefully received,

What to see and do in Salvador

Despite the large numbers of very needy people who live in and around Salvador it is a magnificent city. The best on-line guide available is managed by our American friend Randy who runs a record shop in the Phelerino - a must visit destination if you love Brazilian music!

Visit Randy's guide Bahia Online here: http://www.bahia-online.net

Please make a donation if you can to help save more children - click here

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