The Secret Garden or in Portuguese Jardim Secreto is the name of a very special project that is taking place in the city of Curitiba, Brazil.
Each year in Brazil there are more than three million births and in 21,9% of them the mothers are between 10 and 19 years of age. Many of the pregnancies are the result of violence. The studies point out that in 84.5% of the cases the agressor was known to the teenager:
21.6% of the cases was the father
16.7% the stepfather
11.6% an uncle
16.7% a neighbour
21.7% a known person of the family
The study also points that in Brazil the first sexual act takes place when the girl is between 12 and 15 years old. The majority of those adolescent mothers (64.7%) experience their first pregnancy between 16 and 19 years of age, and 72.2% at age 15! These adolescents need our help to rebuild their lives and to gain a new vision to face the future.
The Jardim Secreto is a home where those girls and their children find a safe heaven, loving hands and lots of comprehension. Our dedicated team of volunteers, doctors, nurses, social workers and counselors help them become a real family ready to grow together.
Your generous donation will provide food, clothing, medicines and will help us to pay the electricity, transportations and many other needs that our home has. Thanks for your support!
Would you help us to help them?