Sonho De Crianca's Community News

Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families. These are a few of the areas we focused on in the past year: 2016

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.
  • 8 people learned about child rights and protection issues, helping ensure children's safety and participation.
  • 1 child parliament is empowering young people to advocate for their rights and participate in community decisions.
  • 24 young people are leading or attending child parliaments to advocate for their rights and influence local decisions.
  • 29 people learned how to work with local authorities and influence decisions to improve services and child well-being.
  • 5 clubs are in place for children and youth to improve their learning through tutoring and extracurricular activities.

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!