Friday, January 06, 2017
Today Inspire Travel helped facilitate an afternoon visit to Obra do Berço for an education professor and her students from a United States university. Obra do Berço is an orphanage and school in Rio. They have 120 children enrolled, ranging in age of 6 months to 6 years. Twenty of them spend the night during the week because their parents cannot care for them and they return to family members on the weekends. The other remaining 100 students attend full day care from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekdays. Breakfast, lunch, an afternoon snack, and dinner are provided. There is a high demand for the limited available spots, which are granted to children most in need. There is no cost for families and so Obra do Berço relies heavily upon donations and volunteers. We are on school break now in Brasil and so there were about 40 children there today.
An interesting side note about Obra do Berço is that the building was designed in the 1930s by Oscar Niemeyer, Brazil's most famous architect. It was his first project after graduating from university.