Brazil

Working With Children in Brazil

For more than 40 years we have been helping the most vulnerable children in Brazil access education, health care and skills-building social programs. The stress caused by the Zika virus recently is an added burden for families in the communities we serve, who already suffer the effects of poverty and widespread crime and violence.

Brazil has the second largest number of murders of children under 19 in the world. Together with our Brazilian communities, we are working hard to change the culture of violence through child protection campaigns, youth advocacy groups and extracurricular programs that encourage kids to stay in school and off the street.

Your impact in Brazil

Together, we’re making real change in the lives of children, families and communities. Just some of what was achieved with the support of Canadian child sponsors in 2016:
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared-for by their families and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.

 
  • Through child protection groups, children and adolescents have been encouraged to understand their rights and participate in community decision-making
  • 566 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions
  • 4,775 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation
  • 14 child and adult victims of abuse or exploitation received counselling and resources to help them recover
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease and have access to essential health services.
 
  • World Vision created campaigns to inform communities about the Zika virus in order to prevent the spread of this disease
  • 419 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy
  • 3 water sources are providing access to safe water and protecting children and families against waterborne diseases
Children learn and develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future and families support children's education.

 
  • We partnered with educators to improve children's reading skills by supporting libraries, inviting authors to visit, and encouraging kids to read at home
  • 52 teachers and volunteers learned child-friendly teaching methods to improve the quality of education for children in Brazil
  • 5 clubs are in place for children and youths to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities
  • 30 schools were renovated or furnished with educational materials to provide a better learning environment for students
Adults and youth acquire knowledge and skills, and gain access to resources, to help them increase their family income.

 
  • 477 youths were equipped to enter the job market through apprenticeships, vocational training or career counselling
  • 600 children and adults are members of savings groups, helping families meet their financial needs and access small loans
  • 30 savings groups are helping children and adults save money and access loans to grow businesses or cover basic expenses

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