Based upon the work that the Jairah Funds team have been involved with during the past few years in Rio de Janeiro, we plan to continue with these projects and expand on them as funds become available.
Our work in Brazil consists of two completely separate - and ongoing - projects:
Children’s School in Rio de Janeiro
The “City of God” is one of the most infamous shanty towns (‘favelas’) in Rio de Janeiro and is known for its incredible violence. Generally speaking, living conditions in certain pockets of the ‘favela’ are controlled by drug lords or other criminal elements and this has a very detrimental effect on the lives of the inhabitants, especially the children who, if they have little or no family unity, are usually caught up in a criminal environment.
Our project in the “favela” is support and assistance towards the running of a school for up to 80 children from broken and deprived families. Those children who attend the school are given a basic education, reading and writing, as well as good morals, hygiene and how to build up confidence by two teachers under the guidance of a dedicated lady, Deusdette, on a twice weekly schedule.
(We continually receive reports that other people who know the children are seeing a complete difference in them in a very short time period).
Rehabilitation Centre in Taquara, Rio de Janeiro
This Centre, set up more than 10 years ago, assists local people who come from backgrounds of prostitution – (both male and female), those with drug and alcohol problems and those who, due to abject poverty, are homeless and destitute and have no other place to go. At any one time there are between 20 – 30 people staying at the centre and, whilst there, they are given 3 meals a day, clothing as and when required and medical help if needed.
Those being helped are encouraged to work in and around the centre during the day and, as one of the centre’s aims is to equip people with a skill for when they leave, various workshops have been set up in the centre where basic learning and writing classes are held for the adults.
When people enter the rehabilitation centre they are encouraged to stay for at least 6 months, with an additional 3 months of supervision and help as they find work, a home and are reintegrated back into their families and society. As many of the people who arrive at the centre suffer with severe mental illness or addiction problems, their stay can be extended for as long as the team, who run the centre, see fit and necessary.