Thanks to the project “Casa Lar – A cozy atmosphere”, 21 children and young people can grow and continue their educational and personal development in three of the shelters the association Aldeias Infantis has in this Brazilian city.
This project’s main goal is to provide comprehensive protection services to these children and adolescents who are at serious risk of social exclusion due to various circumstances. The most common are breakdown of family ties, ill treatment, belonging to broken homes or situations of abuse, discrimination and exploitation. Almost all of them also have great learning difficulties and suffer from malnutrition.
Each one of the three houses is occupied by seven children or young people in which every effort is made to keep biological siblings together. The small number of foster children allows a closer interaction among them, as well as the possibility of conducting a thorough monitoring of each case, giving them the care they need at all times. Furthermore, the three shelters are fully integrated into their local social context, so they can continue taking an active part in the community.
During the time spent at these shelters, they are provided with all basic care necessary for their personal development: psychosocial care, food, education, medical care, as well as various opportunities for free time and entertainment. In this way, they are offered the opportunity to continue growing in a real home.
Currently Aldeias Infantis SOS Brasil is carrying out 24 programs in 12 Brazilian states. Its programs which care for close to 5,000 children and young people in situations of need, focus on two areas: foster care, in which it has 89 houses, and the strengthening of family and community with 17 projects being developed at present.