Chairperson, ABC Trust
Children living in extreme poverty in Brazil are often excluded from the support systems necessary for their development. Consequently, a large number of them drop out of school and resort to begging, drugs, prostitution and face the dangers of living on the streets. Estimates on the numbers of Brazilian street children vary from 200,000 to 8 million*. They find themselves increasingly isolated from their own communities and disillusioned with life.
Action for Brazil's Children Trust (ABC Trust) is one of the few international NGOs working on the ground across Brazil that supports a variety of locally-run projects that gives disadvantaged children the opportunity to transform their lives by providing much needed nurturing, education and training.
Through collaborating and providing essential financial support, ABC Trust has built strong partnerships with community-led local organisations to take the lead in overcoming the problems of extreme poverty that affect so many children across Brazil. These projects bolster the children's self-esteem and encourage their creativity through dance, film, drama, music and sport.
iProbono is ABC Trust's 'go to' advisor on legal help and has provided continual support on a number of projects to strengthen its efforts. These include:
*According to the UNEP Country Profile on Street Children