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UPDATE: Pictures of Recent Daycares Donated To

posted Nov 11, 2016, 8:55 PM by Beatriz de Oliveira   [ updated Nov 11, 2016, 9:00 PM ]


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

UPDATE: Our First Daycare

posted Aug 23, 2016, 12:05 PM by Beatriz de Oliveira   [ updated Aug 25, 2016, 8:38 AM ]

I am pleased to say that our first daycare has just sent us an update! They loved the books, and the children have started reading them non-stop. With your help, we can continue to give children like these the love of reading, as well as a brighter future!



Where We Have Donated

posted Aug 16, 2016, 11:10 AM by Beatriz de Oliveira   [ updated Aug 16, 2016, 11:11 AM ]

We now have an interactive Map showing the cities where we have donated shelves! As we donate more bookshelves, the map will be updated!

Where We have Donated


2nd and 3rd Shelf Delivery Pictures and Daycare Contact Info

posted Aug 5, 2016, 10:53 AM by Beatriz de Oliveira   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 1:03 PM ]

2nd Daycare Information: 
Name- Creche Vovô Nestor
Contact Information:
Director - Cristina Bertuzzi
Email - vovonestor.crianca@gamil.com

Pictures:

Three Workers from the Daycare 
Three of the Workers at the Daycare

The Daycare's Entertainment Corner

The Shelf that we Donated (contained 40 books) 
 
Our Bookshelf

 The Ceiling at the Daycare

 Our Bookshelf


3rd Daycare Information:
Name- Creche Tia Léa
Contact Information:
Email - tialea2010@gotmail.com

Story:

    At the 3rd daycare I donated to, I was given the honor to read various books to different classes and meet the children that attend the daycare! I must say, the children that go to Creche Tia Léa are some of the sweetest kids that I have ever met in my life. As I read the books to them, their eyes lit up, absorbing every piece of information and immersing themselves in the story. The moment that the book was over, they chanted ",one more book! One more book!" I had to oblige, the children loved the books and the beautiful pictures inside of them. This continued for four more classes until the children were sent to snack. At the daycare, they were given three full meals a day and were completely cared for.

    During snack time, a group of three to four year olds pulled me over to their table and invited me to eat with them. They had loved the books and were very intrigued with me - I was the first foreigner that they had ever met. One at a time, they told me various stories about their lives and I even taught them a few words in English. At first glance, it was impossible to tell that the children lived in poverty. Their uniform was clean, hair gelled back, and shoes polished. It was only when you saw where they lived, that you could tell. Even in an area with crime and drugs, these children were as happy as can be - a beacon of life. I believe that with the love of literature stowed within them, they will go far.


Pictures:

 
The Bookshelf we Donated
 
Me with the Children
 
Reading a Book that we Donated
 
Reading a Book that we Donated
 
 A Teacher from the Daycare Reading a Book we Donated
 
The Children Eating Snack
 
The Children Listening to a Story
 
Me Eating Snack with the Children

Welcome to our Website

posted Jul 29, 2016, 12:27 PM by Beatriz de Oliveira   [ updated Aug 5, 2016, 10:55 AM ]

Hello, and welcome to the Books for a Change website! We are an up and coming organization with a mission to expose young children in Latin America to literature as an entertaining pastime which will stick with them throughout their entire lives and allow for successful development. Learn more about who we are and what we do here

We have delivered our first shelf!

posted Jul 29, 2016, 12:26 PM by Beatriz de Oliveira   [ updated Aug 29, 2016, 1:02 PM ]

I am very proud to say that thanks to all of the various donations we have received, as well as a great amount of support, Books for a Change has delivered its first shelf! I must say, the experience of donating 40 books to a public daycare was amazing! To know that because of you, and Books for a Change about 200 children will have the chance at a better future is an astounding thought.

Our first donation took place at an UMEI daycare in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. For those of you who may not know, UMEI is a government funded project that creates daycares in Brazil. The government builds and funds the UMEI, but what is done with the daycare and how it is run is up to the director. The UMEI that we were fortunate enough to visit, has a wonderful and dedicated director, Adriana Fonzeca de Castro. With the small sum of money that she was given from the government, Adriana was able to create a kind and welcoming environment for every child that entered the daycare, as well as the primary school which she also directs. But with the financial state that Brazil is currently in, the UMEI is left with almost no money to feed, clothe, and teach the children. They have fallen upon hard times but with the support and donations of others, can continue to do the amazing job they have been doing. Adriana and the Daycare's contact information will be below.


From the moment that I entered the daycare, I knew that this bookshelf donation would be like no other. The atmosphere was welcoming and the smell of rice and beans being prepared wafted through the air. Though the building was torn up and worn, you could tell that the space was very loved. The cracked walls were painted bright colors and the school was covered in hand drawn images, as well as positive messages. With the books and shelf in hand, I waited to meet with the director, Adriana. Class was almost in session, going to begin a day later, and the school was filled with a flurry of activity. People were cleaning the rooms and cribs, preparing food for a lunch break, and fixing broken classrooms. We were sent into a small, white room filled with two desks and an ancient computer where the director would be. It was there, that for the next 15 minutes, I explained the Books for a Change project to the school director and learned of her work at the school. The school has been open for the last 10 years or so and every year, they have strived to create the best atmosphere possible for their students.

The children that attend this school have to go through a special process to qualify to become students. 70% of the kids are chosen based on income and their quality of life. In this case, the children picked, are the ones with the lowest family income. The other 30% are chosen by a lottery. Some families that do not make the cut to be one of the 70%, can re-apply and hope to be chosen. For most families and children, the school is a safe place. All students are placed in a warm, nurturing environment where they can thrive, despite various difficulties outside of school.

The Director of the school and all of the staff that work at the UMEI have done a phenomenal job in assisting these children and giving them a chance to succeed in life, despite the many challenges they may face. If you would like to help the school and get in contact with them, the information will be below. Note: the school is based on donations, and although partially funded by the government, Brazil is in a tough economical situation causing the Daycare to fend for itself. All donations toward the school are greatly appreciated!


Our bookshelf is only one of the many ways that we try to help the children that go to these daycares. By giving them books, we are creating an incentive for these kids to begin reading at a young age. As they develop, their love in literature can only grow, allowing them a successful time in school and their futures. We hope that the books we give will spark their love in reading and lay a path for a better future.


Contact Information of the Daycare:

Email: emmp@pbh.gov.br

Phone Number: 011 - 55 - (31) 3277 -8840

Name: UMEI Belo Horizonte


Pictures:



The director and I 
 
The entrance to the school 

 Their book corner (a small shelf with ripped books held together by tape
 

 
The bookshelf we donated! 
 
The exit of the daycare
 
 The Director and I with the bookshelf
 
 The area the daycare was in

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