As strange as it sounds, so far my biggest safety fears has been going from my house in the city to the train station in the city. Once I arrive in Maua or when am in the favela, I feel the safety and warmth of the community and have nothing to worry about. Ironic that in the modern city lies the fear. All the warnings friends have given about safety and caution here are true with respect to the city not the favela.
I get more children every day who want to participate in the ILI/Rosas Center. I can only take so many for the sake of space and limited resources. The morning children eat breakfast at the Center before their classes and the afternoon session has lunch as well after their activities. We need sponsors to donate food and supplies for the children. Our next challenge is to find an organization or entity that is willing to donate basic food or supplies for our growing need, next will be the city. Someone has to see the light.