Goiânia is a city with 1.5 million inhabitants. It is a modern city with elegant skyscrapers, but it is also surrounded by densely populated suburbs, where poverty is rife and whose residents live in truly destitute conditions. Unemployment, violence and drug dealing are unfortunately the protagonists of these districts on the edge of the city. Our aid projects are focused on one such district, the Capuava neighbourhood, and they were established by a very brave Modenese missionary, Anna Maria Melini, who has lived there for thirty years.
Projects in Goiania
Todos os Santos Association
The association is made up of three kindergartens/schools which can accommodate around 600 children aged between 3 and 8-years-old. Here the children receive three meals a day: one when they arrive in the morning, lunch and then tea or dinner before they return home. The “little schools” provide the district’s families with a safe place to leave their children during the day, particularly during periods when the state school is closed. Children left at home alone face the risk of becoming easy victims of the street, that is of the violence, delinquency and drug dealing that is found there. On the whole the schoolteachers live in the district too and have the safety and the best interests of the children at heart. Modena Terzo Mondo contributes to the building’s running costs, since funds from the council are scarce and infrequent.
Thanks to help given by supporters of Modena Terzo Mondo, a new house was built three years ago, which is used for school support lessons for children aged eight and above. The new building houses PETI, the Program for the Eradication of Child Labour. The PETI programme was developed by the government to keep children away from child labour. In fact the children who come here receive a small allowance from the State, which is so important for their families as the child can contribute to the family budget while studying instead of working. The new school can welcome around 200 children, divided into two turns, morning and afternoon.
Capuava’s Information Technology School
The Information Technology School was created six years ago to allow the district’s children to learn how to use computers and various computer programs, which are now essential in the majority of workplaces and universities. The school currently has five computers available, but ten more are on their way thanks to a donation from the Banco do Brasil.