Joao is a young Brazilian boy who lives with his mother, Jessica; grandmother, Dinecir, and with one uncle in a slum area on the outskirts of the city of Belo Horizonte, which is marked by poverty and social problems. Their simple home has brick walls, rough cement floors and a roof of asbestos-cement sheets. It is rented and has a small bathroom. The father has not been providing any type of financial support for his child. Jessica works as a manicurist and Sebastiao (uncle) does odd jobs as a servant when available. The per capita family income is about US$ 40.00 per month. They are of the Protestant faith and face hardships to survive. Joao is lively and playful. He likes playing tag and hide-and-seek. Joao is allergic to dust (receives proper medical care when needed). He attends a local public preschool and loves drawing and painting. His wish is to be a police officer when he grows up. The family is needy and your support will enable Joao and his family to have access to important projects in the areas of health, education, nutrition and recreation.
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