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who you helped:

Casa de Maria is a center for children and young adults that was founded by Sister Silvia in 2001. Students in Tietê attend school for only half a day due to the lack of school buildings in the area. For the remainder of the day, these students need a safe place to go.

Casa de Maria helps 64 children (ages 8-18). The center provides meals and education beyond what is taught in the classroom, including lessons on topics such as literature, music, Spanish, and English.

how you helped:

Casa de Maria’s original location was no longer available for use. You Assist donated just over $16,000 that went towards building a new, state of the art facility as a replacement. The donation was made in the name of SAS U-Assist founder, Karl Eriksson. As a sign of gratitude, one of the rooms was dedicated in his honor.

The new Casa de Maria opened on February 2012. The 6,000 square foot building contains a modern kitchen as well as multiple classrooms. For the first time, the facility now has six computers for the children to use.

goal:

You Assist reached its goal of contributing money that went towards building the new Casa de Maria.

partners:

Ulf is a former SAS employee who currently lives in Tietê. In the past, he has worked with both SAS U-Assist and SIDA, the Swedish equivalent of USAID, to help build an orphanage in Sãn Paolo, Brazil. He has worked intimately with SAS U-Assist on this specific project.

assessment visit:

The Rotary Club of Uppland-Bro, Sweden visited after the opening of the new facility. During construction, members from SAS U-Assist traveled to Tietê to observe how the project was moving along. Ulf has made repeated visits to Casa de Maria and continues to do so to this day.


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