Comunhao 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."The Christian Commitment Project, aiming to reach wellbeing of children: “Children know and experience the love of God and Children have good relationship with colleagues”, has fostered during FY114 playful activities and the celebration of the Bible thought, strengthening spirit and emotional relationship among communitarians as a tool to overcome inequalities, family conflicts and resistance of the culture of violence that is each day higher in communities. Only through the practice of the culture of peace, Christian values and faith, relationships of solidarity, cooperation and respect may bring to the communitarian a harmonious and peaceful experience."2."Communitarian Economic Development Project, through seminars, trainings about techniques of marketing, lectures, craft workshops with simplified techniques (painting on tissue, fired glazed ceramic, glass painting, decoration on slippers, workshops of bags customization, sewing, etc.), has fostered opportunities to the professional grow and has contributed to the wellbeing of all family. The discovery of abilities to develop an output, with creativity and quality, has changed stories and has demonstrated the force to overcome difficulties and to rescue self-esteem, especially of women, responsible for the basic necessities of their families (housing, food, clothes, etc.). The project activities have turned into a field of learning, integration and, especially, exchange of knowledge and life experience. DEC project is recognized as an initiative to the professional growth and empowerment to the exercise of citizenship and life improvement of families, which, besides production techniques to the income generation, fosters an active participation to express their ideas and to discern about social issues that affect their lives."3."During this year, workshops have taken place in all Comunhão ADP, changing towns and using fields from Institutions, enlarging the number of participants and disseminating the project and entrepreneurs from each region. The marketing of products was carried out by entrepreneurs, in fairs, schools, small markets, churches, among families, in the International Fair Economy Forum, organized by Nova Iguaçu University (UNIG) and in the exhibition of the Fair Economy Seminar from Comunhão ADP, which has debated children wellbeing aligned to the economic situation and income generation, showing social programs of investment in small entrepreneurs"4."Under the strand of socio educative formation, cultural and artistic activities, theater, dance, capoeira, music and artistic design awake abilities and foster a better interaction of the child with itself and with other, unleashing talents and contributing to self-esteem. The activities to encourage reading have contributed to the reading and writing development, through reading mediation, literary games, poetry evenings, cordel literature (a type of regional literature), etc., enlarging the vocabulary and improving the indexes of school performance. Sportive activities, as soccer and tae kwondo, have contributed to the child body development, recognizing the potential and limits, besides working discipline techniques and the relationship with others, using the sport with respect and without competition. Playful activities have fostered to children leisure and playful moments, and have developed cognitive and psychomotor aspects in jokes, educative games, museums sightseeing, cultural centers, environmental park, etc. "5."As regards participation and political incidence, MJPOP/Youth action in debates and political mobilizations has contributed to the formation of new leaderships and youth empowerment in issues that involve their lives: human rights, public policy, youth extermination, student rights, etc. During this semester, a diagnosis about education and a lag of educative tools have been proven by researches in Nova Brasilia community. Educommunication workshops, with children from 06 to 12 years old, debate important subjects to develop a critical knowledge, and recognize themselves since childhood as citizens, with participation and voice in decisions that affect their lives."6."Related to the Rights Assurance, the youths have taken part in campaigns during the week of joke, eradication of children labor, including the participation in forums and redesign seminars of the Children Labor Eradication Program in town, emphasizing ECA Birthday Week, fostering a dialogue about this statute in an adequate language to the age group, with movies, jokes, games and building of rights, a game with simple questions and answers about children rights that need to be ensured and respected."7."During FY2014, families and children have demonstrated greater interest to know subjects related to health and protection, with understanding about care with the body, maintaining healthier habits, hygiene, nutrition, comprehension that this is the best way to prevent diseases. The project has fostered thoughts about life habits of a healthier life, encouraging children and their families to plant garden and workshops to reuse food, with all the necessary nutrients to a good health." 8."Emphasizing the protection network, workshops were carried out, besides campaigns against the abuse and sexual exploitation, using Claves methodology, and prevention against maltreatment. The week of the environment has started with a series of activities to debate the environment preservation, focusing on practices of selective collection and recycling, tree plant and ecological workshops, mobilizing teenagers and youths from local schools and enrolled in the project, aiming to debate the garbage problem, discarded in the community in an interactive way, with games, decorative walls, toy manufacturing with recycling, parodies with the environmental subject and much fun."

Cross-cutting issues

Advocacy

Locations

  • Brazil>Rio de Janeiro

Sectors

  • Economic Recovery and Development
  • Education
  • Health

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