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Street Children of Brazil
Transcript of Street Children of Brazil
•It is reported that around 2 million children between the ages of 10 and 15 are caught in child prostitution in Brazil (1)
•Around 16% of children from the ages 10 to 14 are estimated to be working on the streets (3). With such low income the children are forced by their parents to work in the streets, which is less than an ideal situation.
-With a county as large as Brazil there is also one of the largest splits between the rich and the poor. The most affluent and rich 1% of the population in Brazil control 50% of the income. On the flip side of that the poorest 50% is left to live with only 10% of the wealth in the country. Threats of the streets -The CRP identifies the internet the greatest threat to the innocence of these girls. They state on their website that, “36% of girls are married under the age of 18 and. . . many girls are not psychologically prepared for the marriage. Many girls are raped on their wedding night and are subject to repeated sexual assaults over and over again.” (CRP)
-Most of the sexual assaults occur to children who live in the favelas. Children who receive education have a better chance at living a life away from gangs, drugs, and sexual abuse.
-Many times the children will be left with a choice to continue to work on the streets to bring money back for his or her family or to abandon the family completely.
-One of the primary reasons for the lack of healthcare for children is largely in part due to the inability for families of low income to afford any housing at all. These families live in favelas or shanty towns where they are at-risk for disease and susceptible to a wide variety of injustices. Due to this type of living environment, many health care professionals think twice before entering these areas, keeping many people form the proper health care that they need. Exemplary Organizations -According to the Latino Pastoral Action Center, the key components of holistic missions are: conceptual, contextual, organic, and incarnational.
- LPAC stands on the four main principles of holistic ministry: liberation, healing, transformation, and community.
-Hope Unlimited developed in 1991 when thousands of children were killed because people saw them as “public nuisances”. That is when Rev. Jack Smith and his son started this indigenous and self-sustaining organization to bring aid to many children. They guide children through an education process, vocational coursework, within the context of family life.
-Jubilee Action, Here abused girls are given proper care and counseling that they desire. The charity’s goal is to bring the girls to a stable state in order for them to be reintegrated with their families or with relatives if the family poses a threat.
- Pastoral do Menor- three sub-categories. 1. Protection 2. Training 3. Reintegration Possible Holistic Ministry Developing an arts program for children as well as providing them a safe place to stay would be a possible ministry plan that could reach many street children. Through painting, singing, dancing, acting, music, the children would be able to voice frustrations, fears, and pain that would not otherwise come out. The arts would be correlated with things that revolve around God. Similar to a children church-type setting, the children would be able to put on performances for the community and will not only show that they are not nuisances and worthless, but also will voice their feelings to the community through stories, songs, poems, and drawings. The End
A Extremidade Works Cited
1. “Brazilian Street Children” http://www.abctrust.org.uk/useful_docs/Jubilee_Action_EN.pdf
2.) “Brazil’s Sex Tourism Boom” http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-10764371
3.) “International Labor Organization” http://www.ilo.org/wcmsp5/groups/public/---dgreports/---exrel/documents/genericdocument/wcms_182879.pdf
4) “The Children’s Rights Portal.” http://childrensrightsportal.org/brazil/ 2012. Web Access: November 28, 2012.
5) “The CIA Fact Book.” www.CIA.gov. Web Access: November 28, 2012.
6) "Four Principles of Holistic Ministry." Latino Pastoral Action Center. Latino Pastoral Action Center, Inc.. Web. 3 Dec 2012.
7) Levenstein, Susan."Three programmes for street children in Rio de Janeiro ." Unisa Online.Unisa, 07 2009. Web. 3 Dec 2012.
8) "Brazilian Street Children." Abc Trust. N.p.. Web. 3 Dec 2012.<http://www.abctrust.org.uk/useful_docs/Jubilee_Action_EN.pdf>.
9) "Hope Unlimited: About Us." Hope Unlimited for Children. Hope Unlimited for Children, n.d. Web. 3 Dec 2012.