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helping shanty town children

Lilian Bosboom, President of the LIGA Brasil, reports on their Child World Nursery Project  in the densely populated “comunidade” or shanty town of Santa Marta in Rio de Janeiro. 
 
We entered the Nursery Child World in 2011 and initially started by donating clothes and toys because we saw how very poor the children and the facility was. Later that same year, during a meeting with a coordinator Adriana, we asked what they would need from us. She only asked for clothes (uniforms) for the mothers who worked as helpers and were not always dressed appropriately. Then we saw the need for an industrial stove because they provided 200 daily meals on a broken stove. Later we also donated bathroom rubber flooring so the little guys would not fall and hurt themselves during showering.
 
At the suggestion of the nursery staff, we gave them a party to celebrate Children's Day, in 2012. As part of our cultural program we took the staff to enjoy International Women's Day at a concert. On that field trip we brought 30 women from the community and got to know their lives and hardships better. We sang and dance and laughed. We had a wonderful time.
 
As Jewish women in Brazil’s class oriented society it is important to listen to each other. It is not just about giving “MATERIAL THINGS” but recognizing them as equal members of society with equal rights.
 
In 2013, the Jewish Councilwoman Teresa Bergher wrote to us in recognition of our institution, asking to point out a worthwhile person within our organization to receive a tribute on Mother's Day. The LFIB decided to appoint the coordinator of the nursery, Adriana Maria da Silva, a grandmother, mother of two and at this stage of her life a college student improving her business skills.
 
We learned by coming together with other women that it doesn’t really matter what they have in a material sense because what we believe is poor and inadequate, they handle with a tremendous amount of dignity and happiness.
 
What matters for LIGA Brasil is to break the barriers between all groups in society recognizing their values beyond race and social classes. And most of all, telling women that we care about them and will always honor their leadership and good practices towards the wellbeing of all women and their children.