Pastoral da Criança
Country of Operation
SummaryPastoral da Criança, founded by Dr Zilda Arns and the confederation of Catholic Bishops in Brazil, aims the holistic development of children and promotes the development of families and communities, without distinction of race, profession, nationality, gender, political and religious affiliations.
Through 260,000 volunteers in Brazil, the Pastoral da Criança promotes community actions for health (disease prevention), nutrition, education and citizenship. The program aims to promote the comprehensive development of poor children from conception to age six in the family and community context by providing health and nutrition education.
Key program components
The methodology consists of organizing representatives in communities and training volunteer leaders. These leaders and representatives take charge in guiding and advising 10 to 15 children in their neighborhood on disease prevention, nutrition, education and citizenship. The goal is to empower individuals and make them responsible for their personal and social development.