In Brazil, Star of Hope works primarily with pre-school in the slums. The desired outcome of this work is that the children will acquire the preschool skills they need to enter the primary school. It is also important to give them a good start in life and prevent them from becoming street children. Of Brazil's large population, more than half of the children, millions of them are street children.
Elementary school in Brazil is both good and free. However, in order to survive in the Brazilian primary school children must have a pre-school education. Preschools, unfortunately, are not free. The better the school, the more expensive they are. This means that many children of poor parents are excluded from the outset. It is in this socio-economic class that the number of street children increases exponentially. Many of them live in Brazil's favelas (slums), regions marked by violence and crime. They are often controlled by criminal gangs who annually recruit thousands of new members among preschool children by driving around the streets.
An Opportunity for Education
By giving children living in severe poverty an opportunity for schooling, health care and nutritious food, we are laying the foundation for their growth and the possibility to develop into healthy, educated adults who can support themselves and their family. In this way we help to develop entire communities! For how should a child be able to lift themselves out of poverty if he or she cannot read or write, always hungry or sick? Another important goal of the operation is to show children and their parents that there are people who see their plight and want to help them to change it.
Help In Many Different Ways
In addition to pre-school, Star of Hope in Brazil is running a project that addresses the plight of the street children. Among other things, we have a rolling health clinic that provides children in several slum areas regular health care, vaccinations and basic medical care. The clinic reaches about 4000 children a month.