Bom Jardim'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 Bom Jardim program is located in the district of Granja Portugal in the city of Fortaleza, in northeastern Brazil. The area was given the name Granja Portugal, as it was inhabited by the Portuguese who raised chickens in the area.

The climate is tropical, hot, and humid. Temperatures are high throughout the year, with an annual average of 27°C. The rainy season stretches from January to May. Intense rains can occur, causing floods that greatly affect communities. Most streets do not have drainage and more than half are not paved and are in terrible condition. Children also suffer from seasonal illnesses such as dengue fever.

The economy is strongly driven by the informal artisanal work done by families. They make accessories such as belts, jewelry, handbags, key chains, and other decorative items.

Similar to other cities, Fortaleza has its contradictions and social challenges. Communities struggle with a lack of opportunities to generate income as well as poor sanitation, health care, transportation, education, and security. Children in particular are at risk of violence, drug use, and trafficking and child exploitation.
  • 867 children and youth learned about their rights, how to voice their opinions, and ways to protect themselves from harm.
  • 1 community group is engaging with local authorities to advance their rights and create positive changes for children.
  • 419 women were counselled on how to properly care for themselves and their babies during and after pregnancy.
To ensure children can access and benefit from quality education, World Vision will assist the community by:
  • Encouraging families to participate more in children's schooling by informing them of their rights and responsibilities regarding education.
  • Improving teachers skills, methods, and knowledge.
  • Organizing school councils and clubs with the participation of local families.

Child Protection
To ensure children and youth enjoy a safe and protected environment, World Vision will work in:
  • Setting up drug-prevention activities for children and teens to protect them from getting involved with drugs and drug-related violence.
  • Empowering parents and caregivers to deal with children at risk or involved with drugs.
  • Supporting community organizations to work together to fight drug-related problems.
  • Organizing peace-building activities to strengthen self-esteem and the sense of community values.

Explore Bom Jardim

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 Bom Jardim

Children in Bon Jardim struggle to access quality education. They are not supported in their school development and parents have little involvement in their children's school life. Teachers teaching methods and materials are not developed for the local environment and are unsuccessful in encouraging children to learn.   
Families are also not aware of their rights and responsibilities in education, as seen in the lack of knowledge concerning the role of school councils. In addition, local organizations fail to raise awareness in the communities about children's rights.

Schools do not encourage families to participate. As a result, families are unable to influence school decisions that would benefit their children's development. ​

Child Protection
Children and teens in the Granja Portugal area are vulnerable to violence and drugs. There are almost no resources for career preparation and development, and young people do not have the means to improve their economic abilities. Parents struggle to protect their children against drug use and drug trafficking. The existing social networks to protect children and youth are weak, and there is a lack of public policies and local organizations working to address the issue.
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Life cycle of a sponsorship community

Bom Jardim,  is in Phase 2

PHASE 2: Evaluate and grow

We monitor progress and make adjustments to meet goals. More community members become involved, lead projects and gain ownership of their success.