When someone first mentions Brazil we usually think warm and pleasant weather. Vacation is probably the first thing on a person's mind, especially in the cold weather during the often brutal winter months. What many fail to acknowledge is that as beautiful as Brazil is, there lies an astronomical amount of beautiful Brazilian "street children". But, what is a street kid? Who are the street kids? To put it briefly, being a street child is exactly what it sounds like. They are precious children who are permanently living on the streets. They have no shelter when it rains or no cozy bed to come home to. Many of them are sleeping on the hard asphalt, dirty and underprivileged. Some of these Brazilian children are born on the street, while others are thrown out on the streets by their parents. Poverty, sexual and physical abuse are the most common reasons why Brazilian children become a part of the street life. Little girls who may be abused in their home, often go out into the street only to become a prostitute. A street child is no stranger to prostitution or stealing in order to sustain their life. Sometimes street children are seen singing just for a very small amount of money. Surprisingly, there are some children who choose to live on the street, while others have been are thrown out of a shelter. Street children are generally not hard to spot. Generally, they are spotted in the city with dirty clothes, skin, lice infested hair and no shoes.
Most of the time after a child starts to live their life on the street, the relationship between family members are severed, divided and destroyed. The life expectancy of a street child is short. Many of them are killed in fights, petty crimes, gangs, death squads, drugs or diseases. According to the United Nation's Children Fund (UNICEF), as of 2011, more than 45 million people are living in poverty with 32 million children living in families that make less that $40 US dollars per month. In Brazil, the nation's wealthiest have access over the majority (estimated 65%) of the country's wealth.The amount of street children is often hard to capture because street children do not stay in one area.
It is very easy for those of us who are not caught up in this type of severe poverty to forget some of the realities of this world. However, as many of us prepare to celebrate the holidays with little to give due to the economic downfall, if you have a roof over your head, you are blessed more than you understand.
"Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me
BEAUTIFUL BRAZILIAN GAL'S
Street Children of Brazil (PART 1)
Written By: Te-Shandra Haskett, MBA
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