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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

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E na Praça da Sé que minha historia começa, lá eu comecei a usar drogas, a roubar, á pedir esmola para comer.

Na praça eu conheci Gregory John Smith, que desde 1993 ele féis uma trabalho comigo na Praça da Sé. La eu aprendi muitas coisas com ele, Gregory nos pagava comida, levava nós para o Zoológico e simba safari e Play Center.

Então logo veio a idéia de pedi para morar com ele, mas no começo eu fiquei muito assustado e fugi da casa dele 23 vezes ate me adaptar com ele.

Mas foi muito difícil para mim, pois na rua era muito difícil para sobreviver você e muito discriminado,... Read More

The story continues...

During a visit to Wender’s family, the year after his tragic death, I discovered there was a new, but unexpected member in the family; a beautiful little girl. Not recalling Wender’s mother being pregnant on my earlier visits that year I really wondered where this sweet little angel had come from.

On asking about her, Wender’s mother simply replied: “Look a little closer and tell me what immediately comes to mind...”

My answer was the inevitable question: “Wender...?”

....and Wender it was!

That young rascal that we all missed so much... Read More

Wender belonged to the first group of kids rescued from the streets by me between 1993 and 1995. He was 13 years old at the time.

His story was an incredible one, although not uncommon in a country hosting hundreds of thousands of abandoned and neglected children on the streets of its major cities; himself being lost to the streets after having run away from home at the age of nine together with a young boy from his neighborhood, who already had strong ties with the streets at the time.

Once engulfed by the other kids on the streets Wender was soon indulging in all that is far... Read More

During the holidays most of us are thrown headfirst into social situations whether we like it or not. There’s the work holiday party, friend’s parties where everyone is trying to be more dynamic than the next person, and those memorable family gatherings where relatives think it’s okay to squeeze your face just because they haven’t seen you in a year. Some of it may make you nervous, and some may bore you half to death, and you’ll probably get through it all with a smile on your face and a drink in your hand.Why then do people say that anxiety sufferers should avoid alcohol lest their anxiety... Read More

Roney and Claudiney’s story represents not only their tragic lives, but the lives of so many underprivileged children in both the world’s poorest and wealthiest countries, abandoned by our neglect and our insatiable appetite for self gain. Greed has no class or colour.

Two beloved brothers, united by their involuntary dependency to the streets, forced upon them in childhood by the insecurities of a malfunctioning home and parents.

Roney, the youngest and a born leader, was to meet his match in the face of Brazil’s brutal and almost untouchable street kid killers. I told that story... Read More

...a continuation of my story on street kids Roney and Claudiney, Surviving The Streets of Brazil....

Roney and his brother Claudiney had just successfully finished a 30-day hospital internment ordered by the juvenile judge, to recover them from a serious drug relapse. Now they were ready to take a short holiday break together with me, my son and some of the other kids in our street migration prevention programme. It would have been an ideal week to re-strengthen our relationship after them both having lost some time to this drug relapse so we were preparing to go to Hummingbird’s small-holding... Read More

You know, the whole "Merry Christmas" versus "Happy Holidays" thing is getting old. At least with me. To the rest of the world it may be just revving up, but I'm over it. The emails have started up again from all the self-appointed defenders of Christmas, strongly condemning the "happy holidays" greeting. Got one the other day with the usual, 'this is not a holiday tree, it's a Christmas tree, this is not a holiday wreath, it's a Christmas wreath' etc. I understand the frustration. It's upsetting that schools won't allow Christmas trees in their hallways, and non-Christian neighbors complain... Read More

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