THE HISTORY OF PROJETO CRESCER:
The history of Projeto Crescer began in 1997, when sociologist and entrepreneur Wania Howard, who at the time was living in Lauro de Freitas (state of Bahia, Brazil), noticed the deficiencies of the local educational system. She then started helping to complement the education of her maid’s children. Her maid and family lived in the nearby Lagoa dos Patos (Duck Lake) slum community, an area overtaken by violence and drug trafficking.
Wania started thinking about all the other children and teenagers in the same depressed area who were also in dire need of educational reinforcement, as well as a broader education, and away from the violent streets where they were being raised.
Wania proceeded to gather some friends, family members and community leaders to discuss the idea of creating a safe place within the Lagoa dos Patos community itself, which would offer meals, reinforcement of regular educational programs and many other complementary activities, to assist in the development of the children and adolescents living in that slum community.
Therefore, the Projeto Crescer (Project Growth) Association was founded by Wania Howard in 2000, announcing the dawn of the new century. Initially, the association space was one rented room in which 18 children were provided with a lunch meal and educational reinforcement. After a while, the founder purchased a lot and built the Projeto headquarters. When the new space was inaugurated, the number of children enrolled jumped to 100. The Projeto started being recognized by the community as a safe space for their children and teens. Over the years, the association has gained a lot of credibility and visibility, and has been able to establish partnerships in the private sector and government.
Please give our children the gift of Hope!
Projeto Crescer is a not-for-profit organization; IRS# 83-2604041
For more information, please contact:
Wania Howard, Founder
Tel.: 407-557-2376 • Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Projeto Crescer-Brazil website: projetocrescer-ba.org.br