Powerful words from the president of ECD Brasil, Patrick Reason.
We need your support, through prayer, encouragement or finance.
If you can support financially, please head over to www.encontrocomdeus.org/donate . Every penny counts!
If you can't, why not post a message if encouragement in the comments that we can send over to Brazil?
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We love celebrating ECD Brasil's valuable partnerships and the wonderful work they can do to increase opportunities for the mums and children being looked after in Curitiba.
This comes from the Federal University of Paraná, Catédra Sergio Vieira de Melo and the UNHCR / UNHCR - UN Agency for Refugees.
Mums were able to access a mini-course on Basic finance where they learned about finding possibilities for earnings, managing money, plus financial planning with an aim towards a solid path of financial stability. We hope this will make a huge difference for social reintegration, too!
Thank you 📒
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ECD Brazil really need your help right now. The pandemic continues to bring increased financial strain at a time when things are already so difficult. The support received from generous UK donors is making a huge difference, and helping to keep them afloat. We want to say a big thank you to those who have already donated.
If you haven't, could you spare a small amount? Literally every penny counts.
Head over to www.encontrocomdeus.org/donate or www.encontrocomdeus.org/coronavirus-support to donate or find out more about how you can help.
If you can't support financially at this time - your prayer and emotional support are so needed, too.
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Walking in their shoes:
What a kind and wonderful gift of women's shoes and children's toys from the 2nd Renewed Presbyterian Church of Curitiba. These things mean such a lot when times are tough 😍
Thank you! 🥰
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A very Happy Easter from all of us at ECD UK to all of our fabulous supporters!
This Easter we are grateful for all of you.
Through your financial donations, words of encouragement, and prayers this year, ECD Brazil have been able to support their local community in ways they never have before.
What are you grateful for this Easter? Share with us in the comments!
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On this solemn day, when we remember how Jesus suffered on the cross, we reflect on all those who are suffering in our world today, including victims of domestic violence in Brazil.
We are grateful for ECD Brazil and the work they do protecting vulnerable people from more suffering.
What will you reflect on today? Let us know in the comments.
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A time to Bloom!
The mums in one of ECD's special homes in Cajuru received a virtual visit from a brilliant employment program called the Bloom Project.
They provided online classes with loads of info about life skills and careers and so much learning.
There will be 6 months of these wonderful weekly meetings and they will involve practical challenges that ECD will support its wonderful mums to complete.
It's such a fantastic opportunity to learn and develop and gain important employability skills as well as family skills and life skills.
Another wonderful partnership, right?!
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This picture is from the first day of the 'Seminar of the Brazilian Movement of the Rights of the Child and Adolescent to Live in Family and Community' with over 700 participants. ECD organised the Seminar and has been national secretary of the Movement for the last three years.
The event launched a piece a study aimed to understand care-leavers´ perspective, highlighting positive and negative experiences in relation to the three main dimensions of the Brazilian National Care Plan:
(1) support for the family and prevention of family separation;
(2) continued development of alternative care services; and
(3) adoption centered on the best interests of the child and adolescent.
The research heard the opinions of twenty-seven young people who had been in care services for children and adolescents, from the five different Brazilian macro-regions.
This took place during the months of August and September 2020, using focus groups and individual interviews. All of these were carried out online respecting the implications ofsocial distancing imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
It's so exciting that ECD is able to influence national policy!
Here's the full article: www.gov.br/cidadania/pt-br/noticias-e-conteudos/desenvolvimento-social/noticias-
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A touch of kindness:
ECD have been working hard to support and serve the refugees of the Haitian and Venezuelan communities in Cajuru and the wider area of Curitiba, who desperately need help at this tumultuous time.
A little while ago, with the help of OIM - International Organization for Migrations in partnership with SODEXO, ECD could provide 15 families with essential food vouchers to support them!
What a fabulous gift and a wonderful partnership.
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Not so long ago, the Coordinator Alessandra Vidmontas and Social worker Viviane Silva from ECD Brazil, were able to take part in a great LIVE event, promoted by students of the Unicesumar University's Social Service course!
This was such a valuable opportunity because they could spread the word about the work of ECD, sharing experiences and discussing the challenges faced in the world of social work and social care.
Portuguese-speakers, check out the full LIVE via the link below:
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