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Task Brasil Inc. is a US non-profit organisation set up to support Task Brasil in the UK with its projects for street children and teenagers in Brazil. Our aim is to help unfortunate children, teenagers, pregnant girls and their babies by providing them with secure housing away from the street, where they can find comfort, love and affection in a place they can call "home".
Task Brasil runs a number of projects, supporting the most vulnerable of the young people living on the streets of Rio de Janeiro. Task Brasil's Project Daiana for Street Children runs the following programmes:
* Shining Light Programme: providing a home for pregnant teenage girls and their babies, temporarily operating at Casa Jimmy for up to 5 pregnant teenage girls and their babies. The establishment of Casa Charlotte will be an essential step which will enable Task Brasil to transfer the girls and their babies from Casa Jimmy. This will allow an extra 10 children to live at Casa Jimmy and 10 young mothers and their children at Casa Charlotte.
* Stepping Stone Programme: providing a home, at Casa Jimena, for for young girls and mothers between the ages of 18 and 22 and their babies, who have previously lived at Casa Jimmy (as part of Casa Charlotte) who are in the process of gaining their financial independency to develop into responsible and productive members of society.
* Give Hands Programme
The Street Approach, an outreach programme, offering support and advice to children and teenagers still living or working on the streets.
Casa Roger Turner a Day Centre and Overnight Shelter opened its doors to accommodate boys aged 12-17 still living on the streets, who attend our Street Approach outreach project.
*The Organic Programme
Epsom College Farm is a 55-acre farm close to Cachoeira de Macacu, a 90-minute drive from Rio de Janeiro. In this project teenage boys, previously at social risk, who are committed towards their self-development, are referred from other shelters or the juvenile detention system or Casa Roger Turner to live at Forest House. The boys learn about sustainable farming techniques, develop income generating skills and participate in educational, cultural and leisure activities in the local community. They attend school and receive health care treatment. Forest Houseis the first of five houses for boys aged 10 - 14 years who have lost contact with their family or are orphans. All food produced on site is organic. Fruit and vegetables produced are also supplied to Task Brasil's other projects.
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