Sonho De Crianca

Sonho De Crianca's Community is graduating

Sonho De Crianca’s community is making strong progress toward caring for all  its children, not just those who are sponsored. Together with other Canadians, you’ve played an important part in helping Sonho De Crainca  get there. Thank you!

With the help of your generous and loving support, life in Sonho De Crianca has transformed. Children and families are much stronger now. The community has met its goals, and its members are working together to tackles new ones. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come.

The Sonho de Criancas (pronounced son-yo doh cree-an-sa) community is an impoverished urban settlement known as a favela, located on the outskirts of Fortaleza, Brazil's fourth-largest city. The favela was formed when rural families migrating in search of work occupied empty swampland around the city.

Initially, family settlements in the area consisted of flimsy straw houses. Today, many houses have been replaced with wooden and brick structures, but families still have no title to the land. Roads are normally narrow, unpaved alleyways that overflow with mud and waste, and flood regularly between February and April. Some families still cultivate vegetables, although this way of life is dying out as the population becomes less rural. Most people work in informal, poorly paid jobs.
Thanks to the generosity of Canadian sponsors like you, life in Sonho De Crianca has improved. Your support will have a lasting impact for years to come. Let’s celebrate these accomplishments!  

Child Protection
  • 2 community groups are in place to protect children by monitoring and reporting child rights violations
  • 2 youth received birth certificates, ensuring their access to basic rights and services like health and schooling
  • 30 young people are participating in community decisions and advocating for the protection and wellbeing of children
  • 5 children survivors of abuse received support to help them cope with trauma and recover​

  • 1 school was renovated to create a safer and stimulating learning environment for students
  • 60 children are developing vital language and motor skills, setting a solid foundation for their education

Explore Sonho De Crianca

current conditions

To protect the privacy of children, this map shows only the general area of the community, not the exact location.

The needs in Sonho De Crianca

The most pressing challenge is that, with just two preschools, one elementary school and one primary school, there are spaces available for only half of the children and teenagers in Sonho de Criancas to attend school. Day-care centres meet no more than 10% of the demand, and there are no high schools or technical schools. The quality of education provided by existing schools is poor. According to census data, more than 33% of the community's population is illiterate. Compounding the situation is the fact that children are often required to work to help their parents earn an income, which means they have to drop out of school.

Economic Development
Rural migrants have low levels of education, and they lack the qualifications and skills necessary to obtain work in the formal urban environment. Finding consistent work in these conditions is very challenging, and most people are limited to temporary and unskilled labour, such as construction or domestic positions. Some people sell coconuts or pick through piles of garbage in order to survive. Chronic under- and unemployment have led to a prevalence of social problems like domestic violence and alcoholism. Family breakdown due to economic difficulties is also leaving children more susceptible to drugs and gang activity.

Health Care
There is no hospital in Sonho de Criancas, and the only family health unit has the capacity to serve just 40% of the population. Unfortunately, the children and youth in this community have limited access to information about sexuality, early pregnancy, and sexually transmitted diseases. This leaves young people particularly vulnerable to drug abuse, gender inequality, sex abuse and exploitation, early pregnancy, and HIV and AIDS. Young people are also engaging in sexual activity at an earlier age, and unlike the downward trend nationwide, there has been a significant rise in AIDS cases in recent years.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Sonho De Crianca,  is in Phase 3

PHASE 3: Enhance sustainability

Children and families enjoy improved living conditions. They're ready to become independent and continue the work you helped start. We invite you to help another child and community!