The day care facility allows young mothers in the community to work and earn money to feed their families whilst their vulnerable youngsters are well taken care of. As with the programme in Brasilia, these young children have the chance to play and learn and receive three meals a day plus milk when funds allow.
An Elementary day School was subsequently opened in 2012, offering education to 292 children in grades 1 to 5 (ages 5-11). It operates half-days to serve two groups of children (one from 7:30 am to 12:30 pm, the other from 1 pm to 5:45 pm) maximising the opportunity for learning.
The elementary boys and girls follow a curriculum of academic studies including maths, Portuguese, history, geography and computing. Each session, the children receive a full meal and a snack. There is now a huge demand for this programme because it provides local disadvantaged children with a good start, offers them regular nutrition, proper stimulation and keeps them safe.
Both the Day Care Centre and the Elementary School programmes are currently operating at full capacity with long waiting lists and provide care to over 450 of the poorest children in the area.