- Por que não entra? -
This is the question a child asks me when he sees me hesitant to enter the school for attending the welcome party that was so carefully organized for the benefactors just arrived from Italy.
They thought I was one of them.
But I haven’t done anything for those children and I didn’t know how to tell them.
A child, accompanied by a teacher, walks towards me and he takes me by the hand. ‘You are welcome’ he tells me, and he takes me to center of the back yard, where every child hugs me while singing a song that was composed for the occasion.
The children come next to me one by one to ask what my name is, and after, they laugh. I ask theirs in return, but they are too many, and more are still coming to me, screaming all their own name. I memorize a couple of them, Francisco and Rafael, but as I am lost in the crowd I immediately forget their faces.
Some of the children are sad I didn’t ask their name too. I understand why the smiles on their faces looking at me, have disappeared.
By the end of this trip Sule, you will be able to remember all of their names, I say to myself.
(Tuesday, November 3, 2015, Itiruçu, Bahia)
This project's objective is to document the work of an Italian NGO that provides education for over 400 children whose families are experiencing critical economic conditions in the Brazilian town of Itiruçu, Bahia.
The greatest risk for these children is to fall into the traps of drugs, prostitution and child labor. Families often fail to give the support needed, as they are victims themselves of the same cultural context.