The project Casa Madre Giovanna was born in 1995 with the objective of receiving and supporting children who used to stay on the streets of Campo da Tuca District, a poor area with many social problems such as child work, adolescent pregnancy and drug abuse. The project has grown considerably since then and counts with a new and better structure since 2000. Nowadays it receives more than 70 children from 5 to 15 years old, divided into 3 age groups and coming from families under risk (drug addiction, lack of male figures at home, strong poverty, etc.). The mission of the social project is to help the children from the local community to develop skills, knowledge and values and to give them the chance for a better future.
The idea is to avoid children staying on the streets, to stimulate their awareness, responsibility and will to get over the limits of their family situation; they can be reckless but are very sweet and needy for love. You can read more information at madregiovanna.tripod.com.
The educators try to encourage the skills and interests of the kids through different activities, such as educational and pedagogical activities, music and art workshops, sports, lectures and debates (about social themes, drugs, sexuality, health…), Capoeira and dance, English lessons and the promotion of activities for their inclusion in the community.