Sonho De Crianca

The community of Sonho De Crianca has graduated

In 2019, the community has transitioned from sponsorship to self-sufficiency and World Vision is no longer on site. Local people and organizations have been equipped to take over and lead the community's development - and that is something to celebrate!

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.
People in Sonho de Crianca are celebrating that they are now empowered to move forward without World Vision’s presence. Here are some of the 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.


Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Sonho De Crianca has completed Phase 3 in 2019.

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!