The Julia Centre/Garden of Angels (the Creche)
The Julia Centre, “O Centro Julia”, was inaugurated in February 2009 as an addition to an existing project, “The Garden of Angels”.
The Creche provides daycare for children from the ages of 2 to 10 years.
The Julia Centre takes care of the older children, 6 to 10 years old, enabling their parents to work, a great necessity for the poor in Brazil.
The children at the Centre are not only looked after and fed on a daily basis, but also given any learning support they need to help them with their daily school work. School in Brazil is half-day only and after their lessons the children have somewhere safe to go where they can be supervised, helped and encouraged.
The children’s parents are asked, whenever their circumstances allow, to participate in the day to day life of the Centre. Many mothers volunteer to help in ways they can, perhaps by helping occasionaly in the kitchen, cleaning, and assisting with the children. They are immensely proud to be part of a system that values them and their children.
Regina Bispo da Silva
The Association of the Garden of Angels started by Italians, has been fortunate in having Regina as their headmistress. We at the Julia Centre owe her a debt of great gratitude for all she does to support everything we are doing in Brazil.