Happy Child rescues children and adolescents from the streets and from situations of personal and social risk in the large Southern city of Belo Horizonte and the Northeastern city of Recife on the Atlantic coast of Brazil. Founded in 1993, Happy Child is regarded as one of the leading and most experienced Christian charities in Brazil working with these children. In Belo Horizonte there is a 24-hour emergency centre, eight safe homes and an eco project, all of which provide a secure environment for their rehabilitation and reintegration back into family and community. The Belo Horizonte operations are now fully self-funded from within Brazil. Happy Child UK is now helping to replicate this model in Recife, Northeast Brazil, in partnership with local government, churches and businesses. (V10.1.13)
Dr. Dilsa Doddrell, wife of Brazil's British Consul-General, is patron of Happy Child Recife, Brazil.
For photos of our House of Commons dinner 2012, the Diamond Jubilee dinner at the Ricardo Brennand Institute in Recife, and numerous other great events, browse our Facebook page. Read our last Newsletter and watch our fantastic new Promo produced by Double Barrel Productions.
To hear more about the story of Happy Child, read Sarah de Carvalho's book, The Street Children of Brazil, available for online order from most well-known bookstores including WHSmith, Amazon and Waterstones. Buy from Amazon »
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2013 is Happy Child's 20th Year of rescuing children from the streets and abuse in the slums. Please help us to celebrate and continue our work by donating now.
Campaign for Happy Child Recife - We are trebling our work to help children and families with a further two projects starting in February 2013.
A new campaign called 'It's a Penalty' is to be launched in September 2013 by Happy Child International in partnership with children's rights charity Jubilee Campaign and award winning marketing company Quick-Thinking to find ways to protect children from sexual exploitation in the run up to the World Cup in 2014. Read more >>
Article published 18/06/12 in the Daily Telegraph's Business Section in a special section on Sustainable Development in Brazil. The article is entitled 'A Sense of Community'. Our thanks to Sorcha Hellyer and Gabriele Villa from Image Diplomacy for the article. You can also read the excellent full Brazil feature here.