Happy Child rescues children and adolescents from the streets and from situations of personal and social risk in the large Southern city of Belo Horizonte and the Northeastern city of Recife on the Atlantic coast of Brazil. Founded in 1993, Happy Child is regarded as one of the leading and most experienced Christian charities in Brazil working with these children. In Belo Horizonte there is a 24-hour emergency centre, eight safe homes and an eco project, all of which provide a secure environment for their rehabilitation and reintegration back into family and community. The Belo Horizonte operations are now fully self-funded from within Brazil. Happy Child UK is now helping to replicate this model in Recife, Northeast Brazil, in partnership with local government, churches and businesses. (V10.1.13)
“Happy Child International is a formidable organisation which, despite its small size, has had a huge effect in a very large country. It has helped to reintegrate thousands of vulnerable young children back into society and I am very proud to be a Patron of the charity.” Sir Paul Beresford
“I am very proud to be Patron of a charity which has done so much to help some of Brazil’s most underprivileged children. It certainly lives up to its name and its rescue and rehabilitation programme has transformed the lives of thousands of children and set them on the path to a brighter future.” Baroness Anne Gibson
Dr. Dilsa Doddrell, wife of Brazil's British Consul-General, is patron of Happy Child Recife, Brazil.
Read more about these events and other Happy Child activities in our latest newsletter (October 2013)
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 »
Watch here a short film produced by Double Barrel Productions about Happy Child's work in Brazil.
An introduction to how we work on the ground...
Please help us to continue our work by donating now for this specific project. We are trebling our work to help children and families in Recife, one of the poorest areas of Brazil. In December 2013, a new home for girls only, and those who are pregnant living on the streets, will open its doors. Please help by donating now!
Text HCIN12 and £ to 70070 or go to our just giving page.
Led by Happy Child International, Jubilee Campaign, Quick-Thinking and CEOP(NCA) 'It's a Penalty' is to be launched in February 2014 to raise awareness of child sex exploitation and trafficking around the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil. Read more >>
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
Would you change your life to help others? Click and scroll 10min then 24min ahead and listen to BBC interview done on 30/09/13 with Sarah de Carvalho, the founder and CEO of Happy Child International, and how she changed hers to do so.
"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.