(Brazil CNSAM). October 8, 2014, a crime was committed in the Nazarene Educational Center in the city of Curitiba, Brazil. This center, which attends to 110 children with ages varying from four months to five years of age, was robbed of electronic equipment such as: computers, a television, and other materials used for education and administration of the center.
Nazarene Educational Center (CENAZA) was started in 2000, through the initiative of the Church of the Nazarene in Curitiba. Partnering with the city government, which was willing to assist the church because of the great needs of the area, they organized a daycare where local children could receive early education, food and physical care.
The Center’s 25 workers (among them teachers, doctors and assistants whose fees are paid by the government) provide for the children’s educational needs each day through a preschool and an infant daycare, nutrition through five meals a day, and health through pediatric and dental check-ups.
Since CENAZA is located in the most deprived area of Curitiba where the majority of families live by scavenging recyclable materials, financial support for the center comes in part from the city government through the department of education, with the remainder from donations and sponsorships.
Those in Brazil who wish to partner with CENAZA can either send it to Rua Montese 521-Barrio Parolin-Curitiba-PR or to the bank account: caixa económica Ag. 1971 c/c 989-7 op. 03. Those outside Brazil can communicate with the Regional Compassionate Ministries Coordinator, Tabita González, email@example.com.
Source: Sonia Ely dos Santos.
Write: Susana Cabral.
Translation: Jennifer Edgerton.