CHAIN OF LOVE: TRANSFORMING LIVES
With the goal of taking in children and teenagers in situations of social vulnerability and transforming their lives, Chain of Love (known as Lar Colmeia in Brazil) was created. The organization has homes in the cities of Campo Bom and Novo Hamburgo, in the state of Rio Grande do Sul, Southern Brazil.
The homes take in children and teenagers (between 0 and 18 years of age) sent by the judicial system (in a protective measurement) after all attempts to place them with their extended families have failed. The organization provides a familial living where the resident caregiver/housemother devotes her full time to looking after and protecting the children and teenagers taken into the homes. A resident housefather also invests significantly in the lives of the children and teenagers.
Additionally, there is our Transition Home (aka Youth Home),
Where some of our young people live once they pass the age of 18 after spending some time in the regular COL homes. The Transition Home is the home for young adults who are not yet capable enough to function independently and so need more time to obtain their financial independence and autonomy.
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By recognizing the importance of the roles played by the resident caregivers (housemothers), Chain of Love offers a space of continuous training with active listening, dialogues, interaction, approach, knowledge, and exchange of experiences aimed at improving the caregiver’s health and the care she provides to the children and teenagers.Read more...
In this project, volunteer teachers of a variety of subjects such as Math, Portuguese, Chemistry, Physics, and English generously donate their time to help children and teenagers with learning difficulties due to traumas and losses achieve success in areas in which they are struggling.Read more...
In order to develop a higher quality of life for the Chain of Love children and teenagers, Somando Saberes Project offers specialized consultations in areas such as psychology, psychiatry, educational psychology, and speech-language therapy, which enhance the care of children and teenagers.Read more...
In consideration of how important it is to build a life project with a teenager concerning his/her independence as well as the process of his/her eventual disconnection from the organization, the Taking Higher Flights Project (or Projeto Alçando Voo, in Portuguese) was created.Read more...
Created in 2014, the EducActive (Education + Active) Project aims to improve the children’s and teenagers’ health, physical conditioning, and school performance. It also aims to diminish the tensions and aggressiveness in the social relations between children, teenagers, houseparents (resident caregivers), schoolmates, teachers, and the community in general.Read more...
"One day, I want to be a fashion designer so I can show my personal style to everyone and also show the differences and genres of fashion, the way I express myself and relate through my clothes. Since I was a child, I’ve wanted to work with fashion in my life, because being in fashion means life."
“I dream of being a dancer. I like to dance in different styles. It is such a big passion that I can’t imagine myself doing a different thing. When we had Phys. Ed. classes, sometimes we learned different choreographies and l loved doing this. Then, I started to watch videos and TV series and I was inspired by the South Korean K-pop boyband BTS”.
“My biggest dream is to be a vet to help the animals that suffer and feel cold on the streets. I want to be their protector and look after them”.
“I’ve been studying English for four years and I can speak English fluently. So, my dream is to be an English teacher. What motivated me to study English was the fact that many Americans and Canadians came to Chain of Love for mission trips and they felt lost because at the time few people spoke English here and I always wanted to help them and talk to them. Because of this, I want to be an English teacher, teaching English to other people who don’t know this language, and also travel the world”.
Note: we are identifying the children with their initials and ages because of legal policies regarding their privacy.