Grandma Clara's Dream
child care centre"Grandma Clara's Dream" is located
in the neighborhood of Mata Escura, on the outskirts of
the city of Salvador.
objective of the centre is to provide children and adolescents
in situations of extreme poverty with education and physical-social
assistance, with the purpose of improving their physical
and psychological development. Around 40 children attend
the project daily.
The center offers
a range of activities in the areas of Social Assistance,
Education and Citizenship, each of which help to expand
the children's horizons. In addition the centre provides
good meals, general education, art and culture.
include the daughters and sons of poor families in the area,
the majority of whose parents are unemployed or work informally
on the street.
community where they live is marked by a high rate of violence,
a lack of basic sanitation, and the Center is located on
a dirty street. Nearby is a Penitentiary that leaves the
community even more vulnerable, and also contributes to
a negative perception of the community and the residents.
The aim of the
centre is to provide a better quality of life for these
children and their families, preparing them for a better
future. A world where the children are not in the street
and the parents can work and support themselves.
include the development of self-esteem and the discovery
of talents and skills in these children, and to help them
grow in a healthy and dignified environment.
centre is in a very poor state of repair, with broken drains
and sewage causing hygiene problems, a broken roof, an unhygienic
kitchen to name but a few of the problems. In October 2008
COB received a very generous donation from Action for Brazils
Children (ABC) to help renovate the centre, and work is
underway to transform it into a healthy, bright and clean
place for the children to attend each day.
We will report
of how the work and the project develops, and will post
more detailed information on this wonderful project soon.
helps not just the kids, but also the wider community. It
creates a sense of community in a very deprived area, and
the centre is run mainly by volunteers from the local community.
the centre is refurbished there are plans to provide more
help to the parents and older children & adolescents
with evening classes in basic skills from reading and writing
to cooking and nutrition, and other practical courses or
sessions. We also hope to provide regular "citizens
advice" sessions for families to come and discuss their
situation and get advice and help on what benefits are available,
how to get their children a place in school, what help or
support might be available to them, how to get work in the
local area, how to get on a educational or skills based
course and the like.
In addition COB
are providing educational support with teachers, and helping
them formulate their plans for the future, and keep their
accounts and official paperwork in order.
This is an extremely
worthwhile project by the community, for the community,
and we are very pleased to be able to offer them the support
they so desperately need and deserve.
help if you can!