Working Through the Local Church
Compassion has established a partnership with local churches in northeastern Brazil to bring hope to the region. Each partnering church has earned a reputation as a safe haven in the community – a place where even the most desperately poor are welcome.
Compassion works with the church to create a child development center where children can go to escape the harsh realities of everyday life. At the center, children receive physical, emotional and spiritual nourishment. Specially trained workers instruct them in everything from personal hygiene to God’s Word. They are introduced to a better way of living and given the tools to create a brighter future for themselves.
How Compassion Works in Brazil
Compassion’s work in Brazil began in 1975. The ministry started small, but has grown tremendously, thanks to the generosity of Compassion’s donors. Today more than 37,300 children are registered in 188 child development centers throughout the country. The centers are staffed with caring workers who are trained to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the children. These centers offer hope where little existed before.
The Role of a Partnership Facilitator
The Partnership Facilitator serves as a bridge between Compassion and local churches, drawing on the resources of all to create life-changing ministries for the children of northeastern Brazil. Andrea Cardoso, a Partnership Facilitator in the region, is responsible for 15 centers in the city of Fortaleza. She oversees Compassion’s ministry in each one.
The facilitator helps transform the church into a child development center – a place where children will feel at home. The facilitator helps select and train the staff, familiarizing workers with Compassion’s specially designed curriculum. The facilitator makes sure the children’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs are being addressed. When a program is up and running, the facilitator acts as a troubleshooter, dealing with issues as they arise.