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Happy Child Chairman John Doddrell
and his wife Dilsa visit the Happy Child Project home in Recife in March

Happy Child are delighted that its Chairman John Doddrell and his wife Dilsa visited the Happy Child Project Home in Recife. The project home staff team, volunteers Daniel and Sarah Medeiros and members of the Recife Board were also present and very much enjoyed the opportunity to get together. Happy Child’s plans are to continue working with young teenagers who have become pregnant on the streets of Recife. Happy Child’s Co ordinator Delza Ribeiro said “There is a really good atmosphere in the project home and the team here were very encouraged with John’s visit”

Visit from International Justice Mission to Happy Child Project home in Recife
Last month the Happy Child project home in Recife received a visit from the International Justice Mission.   International Justice Mission partner with those working in the local justice system to help victims of violence.  See their website www.ijm.org for more information on their work.   The Happy Child team were able to help IJM better understand the situation of young teen age girls on the streets of Recife and the kind of abuses and injustices they are facing.  Delza Ribeiro commented “It is very important that Happy Child works and collaborates with other organisations who are tackling social injustice and we would be as supportive as possible to IJM if they were to establish their work in Recife.   Their visit to Happy Child was very encouraging  and interesting for us.

Candian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) journalist Susan Ormiston investigates Under Age prostitution in Brazil. Watch her report here.


Led by Happy Child International, Channel 4 News investigates child exploitation in Brazil in 2014.

Watch Channel 4 news report on "Brazil's darker side-drug addiction and child prostitution" aired on 9th June 2014 in the run up to World Cup 2014.


Watch Sarah de Carvalho MBE, Board Director and founder of Happy Child International, speak about It's a Penalty Campaign live on Sky News.


Emmy and BAFTA award-winning journalist and ITV presenter of News at Ten, Mark Austin, is now an Ambassador for Happy Child. Mark will work alongside the team to help getting our message across. Therefore, helping directly to transform the lives of street children in Brazil and Africa, where we are now also working. Thank you Mark


"Poverty is the root of the problem" affirms Sarah de Carvalho on a talk given to Double Barrel productions, back in August 2013 that you can view here.


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Kamila's Story

Kamila was 16 years old when she arrived at Happy Child at the beginning of 2013 with her son, who was 2 months old.  Kamila received regular sessions with a psychologist to heal the traumas of a life lived on the streets.  Kamila is now 18 years old and reunited with the father of her child.   She is also back at school and says her time at Happy Child made all the difference in her  life and that she learned how to be a better mother.

Project to rescue pregnant young girls from the streets of Recife, North east of Brazil

The Girls & Babies Project is functioning to rescue, care for, and to provide a safe environment for up to 12 young girls like Mary and their babies. These young teenagers are being sexually exploited on the streets in Brazil. As a result many become pregnant as young as 12 years old. Therefore, they are in urgent need of rescue, protection, care, and education.
Please help us to rescue many more young girls like Mary who are pregnant on the streets and who are being sexually exploited. We need to raise more funds so that it can operate at full capacity, as we have many girls on the waiting list in Recife, Northeast Brazil, where the problem is serious.
We are working to raise £6,000 a month towards the running costs so that these girls can give birth to their babies off the streets and be given the physical, emotional, psychological support they so deserve. Also, they will be provided with the opportunity to go back to education whilst their babies are cared for.

Read the Spring 2016 newsletter here

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Music Soiree

Friday 15th July 7.30pm


Happy Child Tea Party

English Garden Tea Party
2.30pm to 4.30pm
To be held on July 18th
in the garden of
47 Northcote Crecent
West Horsley
Hosted by the Mother's Union

In aid of the charity Happy Child International

Entry by pre-sold tickets only.
Cost of which is £6.50 per person.
For further information or to obtain a ticket
Phone 01483 281898/284784


Make a Donation

Read more and arrange a Gift-Aided donation in our donations leaflet.

Click here to download a copy or visit our Just Giving page to make an online donation.



Watch here a short film produced by Double Barrel Productions about Happy Child's work in Brazil.

and watch an introduction to how we work on the ground...

The Street Children of Brazil

To hear more about the story of Happy Child, read Sarah de Carvalho's book, The Street Children of Brazil, available for online order from most well-known bookstores including WHSmith, Amazon and Waterstones. Buy from Amazon »

Solomon's Song

Read about Sarah de Carvalho's latest book, a novel, Solomon's Song. Watch Sarah's short video about the book. Buy from Amazon » Read an interview with Sarah in Woman Alive.




It's a penalty



IT’S A PENALTY campaign is run by the sister charity of Happy Child International, set up to campaign and advocate globally to harness the power of sport to protect children from violence, exploitation and abuse.

The next IT’S A PENALTY global campaign is around the Olympics & Paralympics in Rio 2016 Click here to find out more: www.itsapenalty.org


Young Athletes Club

On Friday, 1st July and Monday, 4th July, the Young Athletes Club in Guildford is putting on two sponsored ‘Olympic’ training days to raise funds and awareness of HAPPY CHILD.

Paralympian long jumper, Ryan Raghoo, will be making a guest appearance to offer his support to these young athletes. The athletes will be organised into mixed teams to take part in 3 different events; mini hurdles relays, vortex throw and shuttle relays. We wish them well! Who knows, one day we might see some of these athletes competing at an international level!



Zika Virus

ZIKA VIRUS is still spreading across Brazil - but the Happy Child Home is equipped to protect its young mums and babies.

The World Health Organisation “WHO” says “There is a very low risk of Zika virus spreading globally as a result of holding the Olympics in Brazil”. “There is no need to move the Olympics from Rio de Janeiro or to postpone or cancel them.” WHO experts said.



Watch a BBC report by Chris Rogers illustrating the problem.






“Please help us! There are children as young as 9 and 10 who are being prostituted here in this city.I feel like I am no one. Please help us and protect us.”
(child prostitute on the streets of Recife)

In response to this cry for help from Rose, who represents, hundreds of girls in a similar situation, Happy Child has opened a project for these girls and their babies. (picture below) These girls are in need of emergency protection and care from situations of violence or exploitation. The home will provide psychological treatment, medical referrals, access to better hygiene, return to education, and due support and preparation for birth in the case of pregnancy.   

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