Casa Grande Development Program

This Development Program aims to improve the well-being of children, especially the most vulnerable, using an approach that is long term (15-20 years), holistic, focused on children, and seeks to enable their families, local communities and partners to address the underlying causes of poverty. These root causes are not just lack of access to the basic necessities of life like water, food or health care, but also include inequities like gender or ethnic discrimination, or abusive practices like exploitation or domestic violence that affect a child’s well-being.

Activities

1.This Project’s goal is to increase the families’ income through the acquirement of new skills. The women who take part in the art craft and hairdressing workshops have had more expectations about the future and have increased their family income. The items created in the art craft group (Aritana community) are sold and the participants of the hairdressing course provide their services in the community (Córrego do Jenipapo). They have increased their production more and more each day due to requests made by community members. Most of the times, the profit they get from their work is used for their families’ nutritional or educational needs.2.Women have been more careful with their personal hygiene habits and have had better self-esteem. Women and mothers with better self-esteem are more prepared to take good care of their children, reduce maltreatment against children and adolescents and reduce child labor. Women have been more articulate and critical regarding the services offered to the children. They have attended more meetings of school councils3.5 community groups with 20 women each take part actively in income generation workshops. The art craft and hairdressing courses have resulted in a meaningful increase in the art craft production in order to meet the needs of local consumers and the women who have taken the hairdressing course are currently working in the communities, thus improving their families’ financial situation4.2 community groups were formed during the vocational courses . They are self-managed groups monitored by an instructor from the Programme and today they have new expectations. They are more mature and have savings accounts that increase each month thanks to their production: personal hygiene products and food.5."Adolescents and young people have taken part in workshops related to the theme of the Vaccination against Maltreatment Campaign (against abuse, violence and sexual exploitation), where there are discussions about drugs, sexuality, early pregnancy, child labor and spiritual nourishment. These actions promoted discussions about the problems and mentioned possible solutions for communities with adolescents and young people."6."The strategy of establishing partnerships with schools and political events was strengthened and the activities have taken place in schools, the Catholic Church, community associations and youth groups. Several learning tools are used, such as music, dance, capoeira and soccer, which work with recreation, discipline, human values and children rights." 7."Most of the adolescents and young people registered in the Programme take part in decision-making community meetings aiming the development of the community. Thanks to the knowledge they have gained, they can fight for their rights motivated by the lack of public policies."8."In the dance, capoeira and music activities the adolescents have improved their reading and participation skills and have showed more respect for other people and for themselves."9."Several adolescents were able to have their first job through a partnership with CIEE (Integration Center of Schools and Corporations). After the first workshop about personal marketing, leadership, conflict mediation and related topics, they could enter the labor market as young apprentices and have a 20-hour-a-week job, health insurance, food vouchers and bus fares. They always work part time, so they can go to school either in the morning or in the afternoon."10."The Project has made progresses towards its goal through regular and itinerant workshops that enabled the empowerment of adolescents and young people. The monitoring of public policies done by them has contributed to guarantee their rights and duties and has enabled them to search for access to public services." 11."Several youth workshops took place with young people from MJPOP (Youth Monitoring of Public Policies) and adolescents and young people registered in the Programme. They have taken part in events, protest marches, capacity building, lectures and workshops about public policies in order to fight for improvements for their communities and themes of public interest. They also took part in the meeting with community leaders and the Department of Health of territories III and VII (RPA 3) to discuss along with community leaders and young people of Casa Grande ADP a temporary location for the public clinic. 30 adolescents and young people got engaged in discussions about public policies. Community members, adolescents and young people have a better knowledge about violation of rights and know how to talk to the appropriate governmental organizations, thanks to the social-political training connected to MJPOP"12.1917 participated effectively in regular and recreational-pedagogical activities in the communities, in order to support children to improve their cognitive, motor, social and emotional skills. 13.The project has helped children have good relationships with other children, their families and community members through group games and activities, pedagogical and recreational activities promoted at partner agencies, schools and other community places. This way, children and adolescents have experienced in the activities situations where they can respect others and show solidarity to each other. The Community Reading of the Bible has enabled us to have a better knowledge of the children and of Jesus Christ’s love. Some children have showed a better behavior and have had a better school performance due to the educators’ encouragement and to the spiritual nourishment.14.25 social educators and partners participated effectively in meetings and capacity building workshops about Child Protection 15.70 Mothers and/or caregivers were invited to take part in lectures and community meetings in several partner agencies (schools, day care centers, associations). The areas explored were child labor, good quality of education to develop the children’s cognitive skills, and other crosscutting themes that were approached throughout the year. 16.The participation of the families in Project activities happened in bigger events (bounce backs). There was also more participation in sponsorship in programming itinerant activities. The sponsorship team has monitored the children who didn’t take part in the activities through home visits17.We worked towards the strengthening and expansion of partnerships with organizations and institutions that are committed to develop actions to benefit the children. 18.There are currently seven (7) educators in the Programme who understand the details of the workflows and operations of the sponsorship system and four (4) educators of the programming activities, with a total of eleven (11) educators to work with all the children in the Programme.

Cross-cutting issues

Gender, Advocacy, HIV&AIDS

Locations

  • Brazil>Pernambuco

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Protection

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