ONE LIFE AT A TIME.
Poor, remote communities along Brazil's BR-116 motorway are living an epidemic of child sexual exploitation. Our aim is to change that, one life at time.
Girls are so often ignored by social projects in Brazil, yet they are often the ones whose needs require a specific, targeted approach.
Meninadança tailors its projects to meet the unique and complex needs of at-risk young girls.
To be at the forefront of the fight against violence, sexual exploitation and injustice against girls in Brazil.
To defend the rights and aid the wholesome development of girls who are at risk from, or victims of, violence and sexual exploitation.
To promote actions which combat abuse and exploitation, and provide to girls the means to live creative and meaningful lives.
WHERE WE WORK
Meninadança's mission to rescue girls from sexual abuse and exploitation along the BR-116 began when founder, journalist Matt Roper, and Canadian country music singer Dean Brody, came across 11-year-old Leilah, who was selling her body on the side of the BR-116.
The encounter led them into a hidden, unreported world involving thousands of young girls, where abuse and sexual exploitation of children had become a normal, accepted part of life.