Ndawo Yakho is the name of the house and it means place of safety. It gives refuge to women and children that have experienced domestic violence. Here women have the chance to heal and regain self-confidence in order to live their lives in dignity and love.
Life in Cuba is very hard. Poverty, crime, drug trade, and spiritism are the source of great lack of perspective and despair even for the younger ones. Children learn about the word of God and Christian values in the Bible clubs. The kids receive food and tutoring, and their families receive social help.
Many children in Brazil are living on the streets. Either their parents work in order to make a living or they are overwhelmed with their own problems in life. The children are growing up without any perspectives. The social centers in Ijuí and Cotia are places of refuge for many children and youth.
Many children and youth in Brazil live in poverty and are being neglected. Crime, drug trade, prostitution, and abuse are the biggest dangers for them. For children like these a social center was set up in Diadema, a town close to São Paulo.
Poverty, crime, and drug trade characterize life of many children and youth in Argentina. About 25 years ago in 12 de Mayo close to Mendoza, a family started taking in children in need. From that emerged a social center which in time grew bigger and bigger with programs, properties, and facilities.
Children from slums do not have a chance to go to preschool since there is none or are not enough preschools in those areas. Without having gone to preschool though, they have a tough start in school. PEPE is a preschool program for these children.