Brazil. Children in Brazil must face many barriers to even have a hope of getting an education. Because parents are poor they cannot afford to provide an education for their children. Moreover, parents are dependent upon their children to help them provide enough income to support the family with basic needs such as food, shelter, and water. Children often work hard labor jobs such as factory workers, quarry workers, trash pickers, and vendors to help their families. Through sponsorship Compassion provides children with the opportunity to receive an education and they also receive nutritional meals throughout the day to help them focus and learn at school.

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Up, up, and away we go!

It's around 7 a.m. in Recife and time for 8-year-old Emidio to get out of bed and ready for his day!

Let the day begin.

Emidio's house is just one small room (about 8' x 10') that he shares with his mom, stepdad, and little brother. Emidio washes his face to get ready to go to Compassion's center.

Here, gato, gato!
[gahto = cat]

It's almost 8 a.m. and Emidio stops to pet a neighbor's cat on his way to the Compassion center. Emidio will walk for five minutes to get to the center and then eat a breakfast of yogurt, bread and milk.

Oi, amigos!
[oye ah-me-gos = Hi, friends!]

Emidio plays a game with friends. They pass a cup between their legs to the person behind them and then run to the front of the line.

[foote-ball = soccer]

Next, Emidio heads to his neighbor's house to get ready for school. On the way, he plays soccer. At his neighbor's he'll take a shower and eat before school.

Time for escola.
[eh-skole-ah = school]

Emidio's classroom is probably like yours. Everyone has his or her own desk and they are studying math. But take a look at those uniforms. Do you wear shorts to school?

Boa Noite.
[bwah-noy-tay = goodnight]

In the evening after school, Emidio goes home and helps his mom wash dishes. When he's done, he'll spread a blanket on the floor and go to sleep.


Millions of children have to work instead of going to school. Most of the time they work to help their families buy enough food to eat. Many kids who work don't learn how to read or write and can't get good jobs when they get older. Here are some jobs kids do around the world:

Factory worker

These kids often work with dangerous chemicals and get burned or sick.

Quarry worker

These kids cut their skin breaking heavy rocks all day in the hot sun and breathe in harmful dust.

Trash picker

These kids sift through garbage dumps to find recyclables to sell. Chemicals can burn their skin or start fires, rusted trash could cut them, and heavy trash could fall on them.


These kids hang around on dangerous busy streets, selling gum, food or other small items to make just pennies a day.