Happy Child International

Happy Child International

Charity information

Happy Child International

Our mission is the rescue and restoration of street children, and their re-integration in to family and community. Our purpose is to create a world where every street child can have a childhood, with opportunities of education, of a family and realise their potential.
The charity was founded in 1993 by Sarah de Carvalho (see her book best-seller "Street Children of Brazil - One Woman's Remarkable Story" at amazon. Com) who left her successful television career in the UK to work with street children in Rio de Janeiro. Our first centre was opened in Belo Horizonte which is the 3rd largest city in Brazil. Today, Happy Child employs over 70 Brazilian staff who look after over 120 street and 'at risk' children, running 10 homes - one of which is a farm on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte. Over 7,000 children in Belo Horizonte have come under the care of Happy Child, and most experience a life-changing opportunity through the support and care we give them. In 2007 Happy Child opened its second city centre in Recife, north east Brazil, where children are turning to prostitution simply for a plate of food.
We offer our unique 12 step programme of rescue, restoration and re-intergration in family and community covering accomodation, social care, counselling, parenting and education. We seek first to re-unite children with their families, and if this is not possible, then we look after the children until they can be fostered, adopted or leave our care for employment.
Happy Child's aim is to reverse the slave trade route, along which European, Portuguese and African slave traders brought millions of slaves from Africa, particulaly Angola and Mozambique. It is not a widely known fact that Brazil received 3. 8 million slaves transported from Africa, by far the largest of any country, and 6 times more slaves than those transported to the USA. The legacy of that slave trade still survives, as the majority of the street children in Brazil today are the direct descendents of those African slaves, with many being forced into prostitution.
Our goal by 2010, is to open our third city-centre in Angola from where many of the slaves originated; who were then shipped to the main city-port of Brazil, Recife where they were then sent to work in the plantations and mines of Belo Horizonte.

Founded 1993

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