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Task Brasil - The Abandoned Street Kids of Brazil Trust

 

Helping street children… to help themselves!

 

*  IN THIS ISSUE

 

The children

The teenage mothers

The teenage boys

Events & Donations

Visits

In London

What’s coming up

Friday 29th February – 2nd March – One Life Live, Olympia, London

Sunday 13th April – Flora London Marathon

Saturday 14th June – Sunday 29th June – Edinburgh World Justice Festival

Friday 20th June – Sunday 29th June – Ecotour, Brazil - 'Path construction in the forest'

Saturday 28th June – Sunday 29th June – Carnival de Cuba, London

Sunday 29th June – Rio de Janeiro Marathon

Sunday 20th July - BUPA Great Capital Run, Hyde Park, London - contact us to secure a place - we have a limited number still available

Friday 25th July – Sunday 27th July – WOMAD, Charlton Park, UK

Monday 25th August – 29th August – Farming experience, Brazil - Daily upkeep of farm for example harvesting, animal treatment and feeding, maintenance of vegetable garden, plantations and fences etc

Friday 17th October – Sunday 26th October – Ecotour, Brazil - 'Tree planting'

 

For more information on any of the forthcoming events, please contact us at info@taskbrasil.org.uk 

The children

We are extremely happy to inform you that a number of children at Casa Jimmy have been reintegrated and/or adopted.

 

Brother and sister Julia (3 years old) and Christian (5 years old) arrived at Casa Jimmy in January for a brief stay. Little Christian had to spend a short time in hospital but has now recovered. The judge however decided that the children should be transferred to a shelter closer to where the family with whom they will be reintegrated lives.

 

A new home (yet to be named) in partnership with Homeless Child NGO has been under construction since Nov 2007. It will be an extension to Casa Jimmy for 6 to 11 year olds and will provide more much needed space for the children,

The teenage mothers

Developing a specifically dedicated building for Casa Charlotte is very important, since the home will cater to the specific needs of the teenage mothers, which cannot be met as effectively while they remain in Casa Jimmy. Your support and donations are crucial to the teenage mothers. After a long time searching for a suitable property, Task Brasil, with donations from Hunter Hall, Accenture and Ballymore, bought Casa Charlotte, located opposite Casa Roger Turner, at Christmas time. There is much work to be done on the building however, before the girls can move in, beginning with repairs to the leaky roof. Show your support to the girls and donate now!

 

Diane (15 years old) with her son Thiago, has happily been reintegrated with her mother in Sao Paulo.

 

Jocilene with 2 year old daughter Lorrany briefly left to live with her father but returned to Casa Jimmy a few days later.

The teenage boys

Rodrigo, the youngest boy at Epsom College Farm at 9 years old, has been transferred to a shelter in Rio in preparation for international adoption.

Leonardo (12 years old) arrived on the farm in December. We are in the process of transferring Rafael and Roberto (brothers) and Thiago from Casa Roger Turner to the farm. The 3 of them have spent the school holidays on the farm and we are waiting for the juvenile judge's decision.

 

There are 9 boys currently living at Casa Roger Turner. Some of them have spent the school holidays with their families, as part of the reintegration process.

Events & Donations

Jimmy Page, Led Zeppelin's rock icon, generously donated tickets to the hugely successful Led Zeppelin reunion concert at London's O2 Arena in December last year. His donation enabled us to raise much needed funds for Task Brasil's projects.

 

Brazilian Led Zeppelin tribute band, Black Dogs, performed on 21st December. The fans donated 180 kg of food to Task Brasil. More food has been received from the Fundição Progresso (100 kg) and Rio Banco Alimentos (50 kg). The record was beaten by Doctor Renato and his veterinary clinic whose clients donated 330 kg of food on the 9th January. Such donations are extremely important, since Task Brasil feeds a number of hungry mouths!

 

A donation of valuable medical supplies was received from the American Benevolent Healthcare Foundation and its subsidiary Project Cure, to be shared with another organisation in need.

 

Britannia Language School has been extremely generous in its support of Task Brasil, giving many presents to the children and teenagers at Christmas. On the 6th December, Philippe our fundraiser in Brazil and Roberto, a teenager from Casa Roger Turner, were invited to the End of Year party to receive a donation of R$1,764. On the 25th December, a representative from Britannia visited Casa Jimmy and brought donations of 11 video tape recorders, 5 DVD players, a radio tape recorder and a printer. A visit to Casa Roger Turner and more fundraising activities will be organised during the year.

 

Cultura Inglesa, which runs English language schools in Rio, has offered Task Brasil 15 scholarship places for the teenagers or staff of Task Brasil to learn English. We are extremely grateful for this kind donation, since education is key to providing the children with a more promising future.

 

Philippe presented Task Brasil projects to students at the International School in Barra da Tijuca in Rio and received donations of clothes, food and cleaning products. The talk was organised by our committed supporters Sherita and Maj-Britt. In preparation for the new school year that begins after Carnival in February, students will be donating school materials to our teenagers.

 

Thanks also to the members of the Dream Can Be charity who raised over R$10,000 for us in 2007.

 

Run the Rio Marathon!

After the challenging 26 miles through Brazil’s magical city, enjoy the beach, the vibrant night life and the beautiful sites of Rio! Register online until 31st May and check out the official website

Registration before 31st March costs R$100 and after that date will cost R$120.

Visits

At Christmas time we received many visits from supporters bearing presents and donations for the homes, including Mrs Julie Anderson, the American Defense Attaché's wife, with two of her friends, and representatives from the Igreja Messianica in Santa Teresa. Mrs Drew, who is painting a mural in Casa Jimmy babies' room, and her daughter, also paid a visit to Casa Jimmy. A religious community run by Mrs Renée Murdoch and her husband generously donated new clothes to the teenage boys at Casa Roger Turner, Forest House and the teenage girls at Casa Jimmy. Mr Gouvêa Vieira's solicitor company and staff, who have for many years shown loyal support to Task Brasil helping in particular with legal issues, also made a donation of more than R$ 1,520  for a set of clothes, shoes and an educational toy for each one of our Casa Jimmy's children at Christmas.

 

Father Christmas was so busy this year that he had to visit Casa Jimmy early, bringing presents on the 5th December. Everyone was extremely excited, especially the youngest ones. 

 

Emilia and David, two Task Brasil volunteers, brought their parents to visit Casa Jimmy.

 

Jenny Byers from the British and Commonwealth Society is planning a visit to Epsom College Farm to open the new pig house and donate money towards buying the pigs. The society is a regular donor of Task Brasil, giving R$150 a month.

 

We were very pleased to receive Mr William Salomon, whose company Wilson Sons donates regularly and most recently donated R$ 40,000 (£11,000).

 

Ken and Vinicius who participated in an Ecotour last year and are now sponsoring a child, visited the projects in February. They also donated school materials for the boys at the farm.

 

Volunteers

Daniel from the UK has come to the end of his time volunteering at Casa Jimmy and Helen, also from the UK, has just begun her volunteer placement. She hopes to run artistic activities with the children. We are pleased that Andrea, who spent 12 months volunteering at the projects, is to return to Task Brasil for another 12 months at least, following a period of training in Ireland with Viatores Christi. The organisation will be partially financing Andrea's volunteer placement with Task Brasil. Ceri will begin her placement in Brazil in April and we look forward to her arrival.

 

In London

One Life Live

Task Brasil will be exhibiting at the One Life Live three day event at Olympia in London, between Friday 29th February and 2nd March. Come and join us on stand G8! We have a limited number of free tickets, worth £15, so contact us for your free ticket before they run out!

 

London Marathon

Eleven courageous athletes will be running for Task Brasil in April’s London Flora Marathon this year, amongst which five are from AT&T. Each one has pledged to raise at least £1,000, but let’s hope they manage to beat last year’s record of Manoj Jangra raising over £4,000!

 

Come and support the runners on Sunday 13th April! Please contact us if you can meet us and the runners after 2.30pm on the day of the marathon to celebrate their successes. We plan to meet in the Red Lion pub off Pall Mall, SW1Y 6PP, but this is still to be confirmed.

 

Christmas Party 2007

We enjoyed a busy December with the Task Brasil 2007 Christmas Party that was held at trendy London Brazilian club, Guanabara.

Guests bought reams of raffle tickets for a chance to win one of the much sought after prizes. The following fortunate guests were the winners:

*      Pair of British Airways tickets to Europe or the USA: Nick McBride

*      Signed Led Zeppelin album Mothership: Camilla Ashenhurst

*      Romantic dinner cooked in your home by professional chef: Shelly Say

*      Pair of tickets for the Oxford vs Cambridge rugby match: Richard Doman

*      Pair of tickets for Guanabara’s New Year’s Eve party: Neil Grant

Most importantly the evening enabled us to raise much needed funds for Task Brasil to continue its crucial work with street children. Thank you to everyone who supported the evening!

 

Discovering Latin American Film Festival

London hosted the 6th Discovering Latin American Film Festival in November and December and Task Brasil was the chosen charity to receive the proceeds. Directors and actors flew to Europe to present their films and journalists closely followed the ten days packed with films. On the Task Brasil Gala evening, Portia presented Task Brasil’s work to a full audience and volunteers ran stalls at selected screenings.

 

Office News

In September Task Brasil will be moving offices, since the current building is to be demolished by Southwark council. We are looking for new offices measuring about 90 metres squared, so please contact us if you know of a possible space to rent.

 

Sani Ittoo has joined the UK office as our part-time administrative assistant to replace Haddy Jadama who has left to pursue her studies.

In Brazil, Queila and Christiane have joined the management team as Senior Social Worker and Projects Leader respectively.

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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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