Sonho De Crianca

The community of Sonho De Crianca has graduated

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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:  

Health and Nutrition
  • 100% of children are fully immunized, and the community has made strides to overcome mosquito-borne diseases, particularly Zika virus.
  • Child protection committees monitor and report cases of neglect and abuse.
  • Two new elementary schools and two new preschools have increased the quality of education, and literacy has improved with extra classes.
  • Student councils give youth a platform to advocate for their education.
  • A self-sustaining association partners with 100 companies to find internships and employment for vulnerable youth.
  • Professional and practical skills training has empowered people to increase their incomes.
  • 3,000 at-risk young people have entered the workforce thanks to job skills training and support.
*Results for this community updated for 2019

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current conditions

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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!