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Task Brasil - The Abandoned Street Kids of Brazil Trust
Helping street children… to help themselves!
We're pleased to announce that on Sunday the 9th March Forest House celebrated its third anniversary. A total of 18 boys have lived and been helped at the house since it opened in March 2005. This gives us cause for celebration and reason to thank you all for having supported us all these years. Another recent anniversary was the Casa Roger Turner's second anniversary on 4 April 2008. This will be celebrated on 25 April and these celebrations will coincide with the visit of Task Brasil's Trustees Lady Charlotte Petsopoulos, Duncan Innes, Ligia da Silva and Lisa Atkins to our Rio projects. Casa Roger Turner goes from strength to strength.
In 2007 Casa Jimmy provided a home for 58 children and teenagers, of which 17 were successfully reintegrated with their families and seven children adopted. At Casa Roger Turner we had more than 130 admissions resulting in at least 12 boys living at the house regularly. Many of them are also studying English at Cultura Inglesa, thanks to scholarships generously provided by the school. Many other boys have also benefited from the day care facilities that Casa Roger Turner offers. We're particularly proud to report that five of the boys at Casa Roger Turner have recently succeeded in obtaining apprenticeships, which we hope will help them to become productive and independent members of Brazilian society in the future.
We are also proud of Daiana who started university recently (click here for Daiana's life story). Estacio de Sa University has generously provided a 20% reduction in their fees, and her studies are being sponsored by a private individual. Daiana is studying law and will be contributing 30% of her salary towards her university cost when she becomes employed. She is looking for a part-time job with law firms in Rio. Daiana has also been attending English classes on Saturdays for the last year sponsored by a school of English in Rio. Congratulations to Daiana!!!
The children at Casa Jimmy recently enjoyed an Easter Party, at which they received presents generously donated by Rio law firm Gouvea Viera. Meanwhile, Epsom College Farm has acquired two new residents - two splendid pigs! Thanks to Mrs Jenny Byers and her friends from the British Commonwealth Society for playing such a big part in making this possible! This is a real milestone in the development of the farm's productive capacity, and enhances further the educational potential of the project. There are currently seven residents at Forest House at Epsom College Farm, who are doing very well at school.
The building of the extension to Casa Jimmy is now well under way. This new home, which is being built in partnership with the NGO Homeless Child, will provide much needed accommodation for 20 children aged from six to eleven years. The pictures below show work being carried out on the foundations of the new building.
We are also pleased to announce that the US Navy is currently maintaining its valuable tradition of assisting Task Brasil as part of the visit of the aircraft carrier USS George Washington to Rio.
The 2008 Flora London Marathon will take place this Sunday. We have 11 brave runners raising money for us, including a team of five from AT&T, so why not come along and cheer them on? You could also watch our friends at the London School of Samba. They will be performing (and raising much needed funds for Task Brasil) in Montgomery Square, near to Canary Wharf tube station from around 9:30 a.m. until 2:00 p.m.
A huge thank you to all of you for all your valuable contribution which has enabled Task Brasil to keep caring for so many children and teenagers in need.
We know you share our aims of facilitating the reintegration of these children and teenagers into society, caring for their immediate needs, encouraging the development of each one's abilities and potential while offering them love and security. Task Brasil's projects aim to make a lasting difference to children and teenagers on the streets of Rio, providing them with alternative and supporting them before the damaging influences of street life rob them of their futures.
You can raise money for some of Brazil's vulnerable children and push yourself to the limit!
We have guaranteed places for runners in the Rio Marathon on Sunday 29th June, held on one of the most beautiful marathon courses in the world! If you would like to run the marathon, not only will we organise your hotel and stay in Rio, but also give you the opportunity to visit Task Brasil's projects.
Alternatively, in the week before the Rio Marathon the Ecotour is on - you could be one of our group of intrepid Ecotourists from 21st to the 29th of June and then support the Task Brasil team that will be running the marathon!
For the truly ambitious amongst you, we could arrange for you to take part in the Ecotour and the marathon!
If you are not able to travel to Brazil but still want to support our work you can join the Task Brasil team on the BUPA Great Capital Run in July. This is an annual friendly 10 k.m. fun-run event in one of London's most charming parks.
To secure your place or for more information in any of the above contact us now!
Finally, Task Brasil will be represented at this year's WOMAD festival, which runs from 25 -27 July.
The Task Brasil team
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Alternatively you could organise your own fundraising event. Supporters have raised money by organising a fashion show, run stalls and rowed in the London Great River Race to name but a few fundraising activities. For more details and ideas go to our web page
If you are a UK taxpayer your donation can be worth an additional 28% to Task Brasil, making your gift go further. Click here to download the Gift Aid form print out and complete and send to us at Task Brasil, PO Box 4901, London SE16 3PP.
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