The organization Brazil's Children raises money and education supplies in Mount Vernon, New York to send to a children's afterschool program in Poces De Caldes, Minas Gerais Brazil. The money is raised in America through donation and fundraisers within the Brazilian community for the benefit of their compatriots at home.
The most recent event was an indoor soccer tournament on November 25th attended by over 100 people. The money raised by the event will be used to ship children's books donated by elementry school libraries to Poces de Caldes. Here is a link to the news article in a popular Brazilian paper recounting the success of the tournament: http://comunidadenews.com/?secao=noticias_ver&id=3273.
The children's program Galpao das Gallinas helps keeps kids off the streets when not in school. They currently have programs for arts and crafts, pottery, weaving and sports. Hopefully with our help, they will be able to create a library of English books and expand their current English cirriculum.
Last February, the focus was not on educational material but rather sports equipment. Brazil's Children sent soccer balls and other necessary equipment to the children. Hopefully with our enxt package we can have the same kind of impact.
This summer, Brazil's Children hopes to send a current college student to teach English in Poces de Caldes. This will be a great step for the young organization currently in the process of web development. Once we open our website, we will be able to reach more people and continue our good efforts.
Our next trip to Brazil is planned for this January to bring the collected books to Galpao das Gallinas.