The rhythm of life.

Our projects help young girls at risk in Brazil to stay safe and flourish.

Here's how we make a difference.

 

THE GIRLS -

FIRST & FOREMOST

Our Pink Houses in Medina and Cândido Sales work with 170 girls, aged 10-17, in situations of risk and vulnerability.

WHO WE WORK WITH

THEIR FAMILIES - SECURING LASTING CHANGE

Our family teams assist the girls’ parents and siblings, providing material help and encouraging change and reconciliation.

THEIR COMMUNITIES - BREAKING THE CYCLE

Our Changing Minds Programme engages with the wider community to encourage people to see and treat girls differently.

WHERE WE WORK

Meninadança has projects in four towns along the BR-116, Medina, Padre Paraiso and Catuji in the state of Minas Gerais, and Cândido Sales, in the state of Bahia.

Our campaigns also reach communities in the region between the two projects, along a 300km stretch of the BR-116 known as the 'child prostitution corridor' because of the high incidence of child sexual exploitation.

CÂNDIDO SALES

 MEDINA

PADRE PARAISO

 CATUJI

Rio de Janeiro

 

MEDINA

CÂNDIDO SALES

“I really don’t know what would have become of my life without the Pink House. You have helped us to be children again, taken away the sadness and made us happy, content, healthy. So that in the future we will be able to say with pride: I won, I am somebody in life.”

Sofia, aged 12

We rescue girls from danger

At our Pink Houses girls find safety and friendship, an environment where they can open up and find help, and people who care and will stand up for them.

 

HOW WE WORK

We empower

We help girls to take back control of their lives, believe in their own ability, and live with confidence and without fear.

We heal and restore

All our activities are meant to allow girls to overcome their past, achieve their potential and look forward to fulfilled and meaningful lives.

We help give girls a voice

Regular performances and events help raise the girls' self-esteem and allow them to take a powerful message to the communities where they live.

We focus on the family

We work with the girls' families too, knowing that, just as the family can be part of the problem, change and reconciliation can also be part of the solution.

We reach out to communities

We work in the girls' streets and neighbourhoods, knowing that tackling the entrenched attitudes which leave girls unvalued and vulnerable is the key to lasting change.