Church Mission Society mission partners Andy and Rose Roberts have challenged government agencies and social leaders in North East Brazil to overturn existing legislation and introduce a fostering service for abused children and kids needing residential care.
Andy and Rose, founders and leaders of children’s charity ReVive International, said: “We think that children should be brought up in families but a fostering service doesn’t exist in North East Brazil.”
Believing their toughest challenge is yet to come, Andy continued: “We hope one day we can close down our children’s homes – not because there aren’t any children being abused or needing care, but because they are being cared for within a strong, quality, fostering service.”
Andy was speaking at the official opening of ReVive International’s second home for abused and abandoned children in North East Brazil.
The new building, which cost £150,000 and was funded by a generous donation from the UK, comprises living space for 12 children and an administrative area for the charity. The new facilities will allow ReVive to expand its prevention work with children at risk as well as influencing public policy to promote fostering and adoption within the local community.
Now with two adjoining properties, ReVive can provide accommodation and support for up to 24 boys and girls up to the age of seven. Andy explained: “The new home will mean that we can keep brothers and sisters together, something we haven’t been able to do so far, and help provide a safe place for babies to stay before they’re adopted.
He continued: “The new building is solar powered with panels installed on every available roof space, meaning all power for both homes will be provided by solar energy.”
The seeds for ReVive were first planted in 2010 was when Andy and Rose met three sisters living on the streets of Olinda. They had been abused and abandoned by their mother. Andy and Rose have now dedicated their lives to helping these young children who have been abused or abandoned, and opened the first ReVive safe house in 2014.