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Project information

UMPM da Roupa Suja Daycare Centre

The daycare centre enables mothers in Rio's Rocinha favela to leave their children in a safe place whilst they are out at work. This prevents children from being left alone at home or on the street where their safety is put at risk and allows the family to generate an income for their basic needs.

The project is ongoing.

Charity information: Action for Brazil's Children (ABC) Trust

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  • Need


    As there is no free education or child-care in Brazil for children under 7, mothers of low-income families often have to leave their children unattended during the day whilst they work to earn money for the family. This often means that young children are put in danger of getting caught up in the violent and illegal activities on the streets of the favela. Alternatively, the mothers are forced to stay at home to look after their children, preventing them from earning money to support the family.


    The Daycare Centre at Roupa Suja provides the mothers with a safe place to leave their children whilst they work to support their family. The children are looked after, fed and stimulated through educational and extra-curricular activities, which also keeps them away from danger. Caring for these children from a young age and ensuring that they don't fall victim to the dangers on the streets will help to empower them to break the cycle of unemployment and poverty that they are born into.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    Protect children from the dangers on the streets and enable parents to work to support their family.


    » The daycare centre will be open Monday to Friday from 7.40 to 16.30 and has room for 70 children in four classes of 15-20 students each.
    » Activities will be run for the children throughout the day and teachers and a social worker will be onsite at all time to ensure the children's safety
    » There is a roof top space where the children can play in a safe and secure environment.

    What success will look like

    Less children are forced to be in the streets or stay at home alone inthe day. More children will be in a safe environment during the day and away from the dangers of the streets.

    Aim 2

    To look after the health of the chidlren who attend this project.


    » The children attending the day-care centre are given a bath once a day by one of the employees at the project.
    » The children are provided with healthy meals every day which are prepared by a full time cook at the project.
    » The children are kept out of the dangers and often unhygienic environment of the street.
    » The children are offered medical care and the project keeps them up to date with their vaccinations and medical checks.

    What success will look like

    Children will be in better health as they will be benefitting from regular meals and baths at the centre and their parents will be better equipped to provide for them at home.

    Aim 3

    Introduce children to education and literacy from a young age and beat the school drop-out rates.


    » Children at the project will take part in a number of activities during the day, both educational and recreational.
    » Trained teachers will be in charge of each class.

    What success will look like

    Literacy rates in the region will increase and school drop-out rates will decrease.

    Aim 4

    Provide support to the children's families, many of whom are in difficult financial situations.


    » The project will have a full-time social worker who will help the families evaluate their situation and assess how they can help to make changes to it
    » A psychologist and paediatrician are available onsite at the project to provide assistance to the children and their families.

    What success will look like

    More parents are able to enter into employment and therefore earn enough money to support their family and even contribute towards the costs of running the project.

  • Impact


    In the long-term, the project will see a decline in the number of children getting involved in street crimes and violence and drop-out rates in local schools will decrease as children will be receiving a good quality education and support from a young age. Hopefully these children will stay in the project throughout their school years which will help them to develop their skills and knowledge under the guidance of good teachers.


    Working with children and families in a community that suffers from social exclusion and problems of drug trafficking and violence is very challenging. For this reason, Roupa Suja employs trained, experienced educators who understand the situation that the people are in. The project has been running for 8 years and everyone working at the centre is well equipped to deal with any problems that may arise. The project leader grew up and currently lives in the community and is respected for her work


    ABC Trust receives quarterly updates from Roupa Suja and a full report twice a year detailing their progress at the project. We also maintain frequent communication with the project via phone and e-mail. We can also update our donors via our website and monthly eNewsletter.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £6,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £3,500 Social worker salary Trained social worker to provide assistance and support to the children and their families.
      £2,500 Nursery teacher's salary Nursery teacher to look after a classroom of 15-20 children.
  • Background


    Roupa Suja is located in one of the poorest neighbourhoods of the Rocinha favela, which is the largest slum in Rio de Janeiro. The Rocinha community has very poor access to public services such as electricity, water and sanitation as well as health care and education. The community witnesses violence daily and is affected by the violence and drug trafficking in the area. Illiteracy rates are very high and public schools are often overcrowded, under-funded and very far away.


    The daycare centre will benefit 70 children and their families in the neighbourhood of Roupa Suja in the Rocinha favela in Rio de Janeiro. These children and families are existing in very basic living conditions and are surviving on very low or often no income.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    ABC Trust has worked closely with Roupa Suja for four years and has built up a very good relationship with the project over this time. We have successfully managed grants for numerous projects for over ten years now and are very familiar with the work of Roupa Suja itself and the people who manage the project in Rio. Roupa Suja has been running successful for eight years now and has achieved some very good results in the education of children in the community and support for their families.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Maira Inae

    Projects Coordinator - ABC. Maira's knowledge, experience and understanding of the situation in Brazil are key in delivering our aims.

    Marcia Ferreira Da Costa

    Roupa Suja Director. Marcia grew up in Rocinha and founded Roupa Suja in 2002. Marcia feels all children have the right to good education and care.

I was born in Rocinha and started to help my classmates when I was 12. Now I see how a good education makes an impact on the children of my community.

Marcia Ferreira da Costa