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Organization: Pastoral da Criança (Child's Pastoral), Brazilian's Bishops National Conference
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PROGRESS: Has your organization seen progress toward a culture of peace and nonviolence in your domain of action and in your constituency during the first half of the Decade?

We don't have how to measure the progress toward a culture of peace and non-violence in our domain of action. Our work consists on visiting families to orient them about actions of health, nutrition, citizienship and education. In this visits, the volunteers also talks with the family about the importance of keeping peace at home and avoiding violence. But, unfortunately, we still don't have indicators to measure the results of these conversations about peace.

OBSTACLES: What are the most important obstacles that have prevented progress?

The most important obstacles to promote a culture of peace are the poverty, unemployment, hungry and illiteracy in the families.

ACTIONS: What actions have been undertaken by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the first half of the Decade?

Every child is a seed of peace or violence that needs a lot of care and love to grow strong and bear good fruits. The building of a peace culture starts before the child is born, when the mother is pregnant, and consolidates in the first years of the child’s life, living together with the family, the neighbors and in the school. On the other hand, prioritizing social action and public policies that guarantee the life quality of families in the first years of the children’s life is the best investment one can make.
Therefore, the Pastoral da Criança works a set of actions with the families and communities. More than 242 thousand volunteers are continually trained and recycled to know the levels and the quality of the development of more than 1.8 million children under age six assisted by the entity, including tracking potential domestic violence environments and situations. Fathers, mothers, family members and tutors receive guidance through home visits and monthly meetings, including topics such as how to give birth, increase and afford a peaceful environment for the development of the children.
The opportunity to grow up and live in healthy families and communities, being cared and participating in activities fit to each phase of the child development ensures greater chances to form secure and balanced adults who are able to participate in the decisions that affect their reality. The best way to fight violence and promote a fraternal life is to invest in preventive actions, through daily practices that lead us to a full life in the family, the communities, churches, schools, work environments, and everywhere.
Peace is a culture and depends on mid and long term investments in the base, in the roots of society. To cherish this seed means preventing exclusion and war, means preventing hostility among different groups. To cherish the seed is to invest in the quality of life as a whole, in the community life, in sharing, in adding efforts. Peace in the future depends on the children of today.

ADVICE: What advice would you like to give to the Secretary-General and the General Assembly to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence during the second half of the Decade?

Dear Secretary-General
The voluntary work can be understood as the expression of serving the others with joy. The volunteers live the dimension of solidarity and love, developing together concrete action towards those who need help.  The advocacy and partnership that are so important for the  accomplishment of the Millenium Development Goals - MDGs, in the view of Pastoral da Criança, must have the support and the empowerment of volunteer work. As a result, for instance, it is possible to reduce child mortality, malnutrition, and family violence.

PARTNERSHIPS: What partnerships and networks does your organization participate in, thus strengthening the global movement for a culture of peace?

- Global Network of Religions for Children;
- UNICEF
- UNESCO
- CONIC (National Council of Brazilian Christian Churches)
- Criança Esperança Project (promoted by Globo Net of Television and UNESCO)
- Social Ministries Organization of CNBB (National Conference of Brazilian Bishops)
- Brazilian Federal Government

PLANS: What new engagements are planned by your organization to promote a culture of peace and nonviolence in the second half of the Decade (2005-2010)?

Pastoral da Criança follows up about 1,8 million Brazilian poor children under six years old, which means 18% of the total of 9,607,443 poor children under six years old. We consider a poor children those ones whose families earns two minimal wages or less (a minimal wage is 260 reais or about 90 dollars). Our goal is to follow up 100% of the poor Brazilian children.
The increase of the this number will certainly brings peace to the house of hundreds of other families, since Pastoral da Criança's actions help to prevent violence by promoting the strenghtening of the solidarity knots in the communities and families.

Postal address of organization

Rua Jacarezinho, 1691 - Mercês
Curitiba - PR  Brasil
80810-900

E-mail address of organization

pastcri@pastoraldacrianca.org.br

Website address of organization

www.pastoraldacrianca.org.br

Highest priority action domain of a culture of peace

Free Flow of Information

Second priority action domain of a culture of peace

Education for a culture of Peace

Highest priority country of action (or international)

Brazil (regional)

Second priority country of action (or international)

Based on the Brazilian experience, Pastoral da Criança is transferring methodology and technical support for countries likewise initiatives such as in Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Venezuela, Mexico, Angola, Guinea-Bissau, Mozambique, East Timor and the Philippines.
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