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« Reply #25 on: December 11, 2010, 12:08 »
I had thought crche was a well known foreign word.  :)

Thanks all for your support.  :-* We've basically finished all the letters (a friend is buying the last three we will deliver on Monday), and there is still money left from the CD auction, so I haven't yet touched in the money collected here. I have made contact with the person in charge of the crche, and she said she would talk with the other people in her team and would come with a proposal.  They take care of 45 kids there, so it's quite small in fact.  Also, another colleague is asking for donations to a shelter for children with cancer that come to Rio for treatment. Their supporters have already purchase presents for the kids, but the shelter is always in need of stuff like Sustagen and other special nutrition items.

On Thursday I was able to buy and deliver (thanks to a helpful taxidriver!) two byclicles.  The mail office was full of them, so many children will get one, and that only makes me happpy. Many girls will be rollerskating in Christmas too.  I'm attaching photos of the stuff we bought until last Thursday.  I had six photos, so it's not shown here: 1 doll, 1 kick scooter (I hope this is the right name), 3 balls and 2 backpacks (one with wheels).   Besides that we have 5 rollerskaters, 2 skates and 2 kick scooters.  Again, this is all still with the money collected at work, not here.
« Last Edit: December 11, 2010, 12:17 by madelaide »

« Reply #26 on: December 11, 2010, 12:11 »
Thanks for the update.


« Reply #27 on: December 11, 2010, 16:50 »
I have just talked to the lady who takes care of the crche and they have kids aging 2-5 there.  She will send me a list of names and ages.  We arranged that I will buy one toy for each kid, and perhaps also children books and toys for the crche, like building blocks and plastic instruments. 

So guys, I think we will get something done.  ;D

« Reply #28 on: December 11, 2010, 18:12 »

« Reply #29 on: December 11, 2010, 22:26 »
Wow, sorry, late to the thread.
I absolutely do not want my money back (I'm sure nobody does). I'm sorry things are a bit more complicated this year than they were last Christmas, but I'm relieved and grateful that you have already found an alternative way to use our funds.
All in the name of the same cause - bring a moment of joy to kids in need.
The photos look beautiful, thank you Madelaide for all your efforts and thank you for the update :)

« Reply #30 on: December 12, 2010, 09:38 »
Thank you for your support, guys.

I'm here in tears, as I have just received the photos from last year that a girl at the mail office took when the kids got their presents.  I've picked three to show you here.  The lady with the kids I'm almost 100% sure were presents bought by us (I do recognize the wrapping paper from the kid at left and at right) and the two bicycles were also ours (not from MSG though).


« Reply #31 on: December 13, 2010, 13:07 »
Maria, thanks for the updates and for sharing the beautiful photos of happy kids!  Please keep my donation and direct it how you see fit.  Great to know kids will get toys who otherwise would not :)

« Reply #32 on: December 13, 2010, 19:25 »
You guys are super!  ;D

Here is what I purchased with the money collected here, give or take one toy due to the exchange rate.  Dolls for the younger girls, Polly sets for the "older" ones (4 y.o.) - oooh, I love those Polly sets! - friction cars and dinosaurs for the younger boys, bikes and cars for the older ones, musical toys for the very young kids.  The second photo shows what I purchased today to complement the list of 45 kids of the daycare, using the money collected at the CD auction, which I will use also for educational material for their use (they are going to send me a list of suggestions, but we've been talking about puzzles, crayons, memory games, childrens books).  Now I have to wrap everything and put the names. Their Christmas celebration was postponed from tomorrow to Friday in order to allow these preparations.

Our colleague fotografer asked me about having photos from the event. I am considering going there, although I am a bit scary of entering a favela. I'll talk to a guy I know, the one who directed me to the daycare manager, because he often visits as part of his duties as a member of the social responsability group of our company. In any case, I will ask the manager to take photos, even if on a cell phone.


« Reply #33 on: December 13, 2010, 19:30 »
Those look great!  Thanks for all the hard work.  :)

I don't envy you all that wrapping!  Eeeeek!  Maybe you can get some nice volunteer to help you out with it?

« Reply #34 on: December 13, 2010, 20:26 »
Lisa, actually I am cheating with the packing and I bought those small gift sacks.  ::)


« Reply #35 on: December 14, 2010, 01:06 »
Those look great!  Thanks for all the hard work.  :)

I don't envy you all that wrapping!  Eeeeek!  Maybe you can get some nice volunteer to help you out with it?


Just jealous that madelaide gets to have all the fun giving them away.  ;)

« Reply #36 on: December 16, 2010, 20:05 »
Presents to be delivered tomorrow. We hired a Santa Claus - the kids will be so thrilled! I'm going there, so hopefully tomorrow night I'll post some photos of the event.

« Reply #37 on: December 17, 2010, 08:59 »
Presents given, children delighted. Santa worked very fast, so photos were done also in a hurry. More later, with photos.


« Reply #38 on: December 17, 2010, 09:33 »
Sounds like you really went all out!  How wonderful :D

Looking forward to the pics!

« Reply #39 on: December 17, 2010, 11:22 »
Beautiful !
This is my best Christmas present, once again thank you Madelaide for giving me the chance to take part :)
Hopefully we'll do it again next year :)

« Reply #40 on: December 17, 2010, 19:27 »
A background about this daycare, as the girl who was our contact was explaining us (she doesn't manage it as I thought, she coordinates part of an educational initiave sponsored by my company with several public schools in this slum).

This is a daycare that receives financial support from the city government, which is basically the rental of the house, the salary of the eight workers (4 "caretakers", which I believe are not actually teachers except by one, 4 helpers for kitchen, cleaning, etc). Kids are given four meals a day there.

Our company sponsors educational activities in many schools in the area, through an NGO (Redes Mar) that have several other sponsors for education, sanitation, healthcare, art and even a community blog. In the case of the daycare they provide art and music teachers and a storyteller.  I have just found out that one of the activities offered, I don't know for what age range, is photography.  I will certainly dig into this later.  There are programs not just with the kids, but with their parents, who are mostly uneducated people without regular jobs, many unfortunately involved with drugs (alcohol or illegal drugs).

The event took place not in the daycare, because they don't have a large room, but in this NGO's head office, which is an oasis inside the shanty neighbourhood - well built, well kept and its faade is decorated with painted tiles made by kids from one of the art programs (older kids).  Their Christmas celebration was not just the presents with Santa, but singing and other activities.  We weren't able to stay for the whole thing, though, because we could not stay so long away from work.

Checking the images now I realized that only around 35 of the 45 kids were there. I will ask my contact what happened.  It seems they did not bother by the very fake look of our Santa Claus. They knew he was coming and were very excited upon his arrival. When they had their names called to receive their presents, reactions varied from a high-five greeting to some fear of that man in weird costume. After all presents were distributed, they were allowed to open them (and it is interesting how almost all of them respected this arrangement) and I captured some cute reactions that I will show later. Some grouped with friends to show each other what they had gotten, some surrounded Santa for chating.

Below are images of the tree with the presents, the kids waiting Santa to enter, one of the kids receiving his present and kids with Santa.
« Last Edit: December 17, 2010, 19:29 by madelaide »

« Reply #41 on: December 18, 2010, 04:30 »
Oh my God, I'm all in tears here :)
Giving money to charities is almost the norm around here, we all do it, all the time, but this is something truly special and I'm so grateful I was able to participate.
You've done a wonderful job Madelaide, thank you for your time, your efforts, the background story and the photos.
Were the kids happy? Were they excited? Was there joy?
They look wonderful and I bet the moment was magical :)
Let's do it again! Can't wait :)

« Reply #42 on: December 18, 2010, 13:31 »
Thanks for posting the pictures. I'll be looking forward to seeing the rest. The Santa didn't look fake, he looked pretty good IMO! Looks like overall you did a wonderful job!!

« Reply #43 on: December 19, 2010, 00:43 »
Nice job Maria! Thanks for the pics and giving us a chance to participate in your campaign.  :)

« Reply #44 on: December 19, 2010, 22:13 »
I had expected to upload other images tonight, but one of our lovebirds escaped (I left his cage door opened after I medicated his partner's beak - stupid me!) and it took me almost one hour to find his in a neighbour's apartment five floors above us. I was very shaken. Gladly it all ended well, but I'll edit the images tomorrow (I'm making a composite) and upload it.

Michael, there was a boy named Micael, he was one of the friendliest.


« Reply #45 on: December 20, 2010, 09:34 »
Wonderful pictures!  What a great thing you did for these children!  Thanks again, Maria, for allowing us to be a small part of your efforts :D


« Reply #46 on: December 20, 2010, 14:50 »
Wonderful pictures!  What a great thing you did for these children!  Thanks again, Maria, for allowing us to be a small part of your efforts :D

Yeah, that covers it. Nice to be included and be able to do something. It looks like madelaide really spread it out which makes even more kids able to get something.

« Reply #47 on: December 21, 2010, 20:31 »
So, this is a composite of 26 of the children as they received their presents, and some that I only got a better shot later. A few I didn't get any decent photo of (back or side only - there is one of those backs here, with Santa patting on his head). About 10 were not there, I don't know why.

I hope those smiles make you have a nice Christmas.  I have some other smiles I will send later.

Thank you all for being part of it!

« Reply #48 on: December 22, 2010, 00:15 »
Thanks..  ;D

« Reply #49 on: December 22, 2010, 12:30 »
Thanks..  ;D
+1 Great pics, they make me wish I could have been there!!!


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