To bring about the types of change that will help families thrive and raise emotionally successful children, we seek to understand the world’s inequalities. Whether the challenge is parenting skills, social and emotional education or lack of enough food for the families, we help address these issues and provide a foundational support to these families so they and their children can be successful, productive citizens in our community.
To date, we have helped:
350 parents and children attend monthly educational programs
Provide 100 monthly basic-needs packages
Provide 80 daily meals to children in an after-school program
What We Provide.
In the U.S., we run awareness campaigns, educational workshops, and work on community fundraising to generate money for our Foundation's efforts.
Youth Group Programs
We provide self-esteem and leadership workshops, college preparation, and volunteer opportunities to prepare children for adulthood and the world.
Brazil Programs and Family Support
We provide a monthly program for families in Brazil, monthly food baskets, and parenting and socio-emotional workshops for parents and children. We also ensure that individuals and families have ongoing support from a social worker, and provide financial support for an after-school program for 100 children in Aguas Formosas, Brazil.
Where We Work.
Massachusetts - US
Over the past thirty years, Massachusetts has become a hub of Brazilian immigration. It is estimated that 200,000 Brazilians live in Massachusetts, and Portuguese is the third language spoken in the state. The Brazilian community has limited access to educational printed materials and mental health professionals in their native language.
Governador Valadares, MG - Brazil
Governador Valadares is a city in the eastern region of Minas Gerais and sits on the banks of the Rio Doce River. Because of its geography, it’s known as the Princess of Vale. Vale is Brazil’s largest iron ore mining company. Today the city boasts a population of over 300 thousand inhabitants. Most of the job opportunities are in commerce and in the local universities. Due to the lack of large industry, Governador Valadares struggles with a high unemployment rate. As a result, the surrounding communities suffer from the economic hardships of the city.
Aguas Formosas, MG - Brazil
Aguas Formosas is located in the region of Vale do Jequitinhonha, Minas Gerais, Brazil. The city has 75 thousand inhabitants. The region is known for its high levels of poverty, malnourishment, illiteracy, violence, and unemployment.
Emotional intelligence for Children.
Researchers have found that even more than IQ, emotional awareness and ability to handle feelings will determine a person’s success and happiness in all walks of life. The good news about Emotional Intelligence is that it can be learned and developed at all ages. Families can benefit from learning about Emotional Intelligence to build healthy relationships and raise successful children. Parents can be great educators by being aware of their children’s feelings, and being able to empathize, soothe, and guide them. Children can learn the ability to control impulses, delay gratification, motivate themselves, read other people’s social cues, and cope with life’s ups and downs. Research findings in the arena of Emotional Intelligence motivate organizations, educator send parents to use the power of emotions to create a more effective and compassionate society.
Nurturing Skills for Parents.
The scientific research community has recently learned that a nurturing home environment may have a tremendous positive impact on children being raised in poverty. Children’s brain anatomy is altered for those facing the challenges of being raised in poverty and by parents without nurturing skills. The lifelong problems can be depression, learning difficulties, and limitations in the ability to cope with stress. However, recent studies have shown that a nurturing home life may offset some of the negative changes in brain anatomy, fostering a child’s resilience to deal with stresses and conditions like allergies, diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. These results emphasize the importance of investing in public health prevention programs, concentrating on teaching nurturing skills and empowering parents to provide a nurturing home for every child.