AA Crianca

PROJECT NAME: AA Crianca 

 

WHEREIn the central region of the city of Sao Paulo, known as 'crackland' 

 

WHYMany young people in the area get involved in crime, prostitution, drug and alcohol abuse. Some children become addicted to crack and solvents as young as eight years-old, and children in the Sé region are often exploited by drug gangs, and become victims of police brutality. 

 

WHATAA Criança works to guarantee the rights of children and adolescents who live at risk or on the streets of central Sao Paulo, providing social, psychological and legal support and aiming to end any form of abuse against them. To achieve this, they raise awareness amongst young people of their rights, build their self-confidence, and work to both improve the services offered by the local government and other NGOs and their families’ access to these. It is composed of two programmes:

Rebuilding Ties: invites street children to a drop-in centre where educators, a psychologist and a social worker work to earn their trust and rebuild the ties between the child and their family. Families are prepared to receive the child back and receive psychological and social support when the child returns home.

Quality of Life Group: supports and strengthens the families and prevents children who have been victims of abuse from being forced onto the streets in the first place. Through workshops, children develop their self-confidence and learn about their rights. Families receive basic food supplies and are offered counselling, legal representation and advice.

In addition, AA Crianca offers psychological and social support and social and legal advice to other vulnerable families of the area in need.  

 

WHO: Young girls and boys living on the streets in the city of Sao Paulo.

 

RESULTS

Rebuilding Ties: Street children and teenagers regularly attended AA Criança’s workshops and activities, with significant improvements in self-esteem in 2014.  Originally, children would mainly use AA Criança for its washing facilities, but now 90% actively participate in the activities offered and many would tell staff if they were unable to attend.  This testified to a growing trust amongst street children and adolescents toward AA Criança.  Towards the end of the year 2014 80% of the street children and teenagers regularly attending became more open and admitted they had begun to speak of personal experiences for the first time.

 

These children also received support in acquiring IDs, accessing health services and learned about their rights and how to deal with situations of police abuse.

 

Quality of Life Group: For children at risk AA Criança’s presence provides a safe space for its children and adolescents to talk about the problems and fears they face, discrimination and prejudices they are subjected to on a daily basis, and their hopes for change and dreams of a better life. Whilst discussing their challenges, children learn about their rights and duties as citizens, and many have showed changes in attitude towards these. They are encouraged to discuss and air their opinions, allowing them to have a more positive outlook on life and make better choices as active youth citizens.

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