Adoption cat walk?

As the dust settles after last weeks “Adoption catwalk show” in Mato Grosso state, I find myself pondering the strong reactions people had nationally and internationally to the event which hoped to find families for the 18 children who were put on display. The event has been likened to a slave market and concerns about the psychological effect on the children have been raised.
So what do I think? Would I put these children on display, in a centre of consumerism, neatly placed between the latest 4k wide screen smart TV and a beautiful pair of sequined shoes which would be just perfect for next weekend’s wedding? I don’t think I would. I don’t think I sends the right message about adoption to the prospective parents or the children who so desperately need a family. But having said that I also would not be so quick to judge.
Although in the past years we have seen an increase of prospective parents being willing to adopt older children and sibling groups there are still far too few fami…

Tess' 5th birthday party - Unicorns

So we I went all out Brazilian style again with Tess' party. As well as loving the excitement on the girls faces as their home is transformed by a balloon spewing monster, I love having an outlet for my creativity that I don't get to use too often being at home! So sorry/not sorry for the OTT unicorn party to celebrate Tess' 5th birthday.  Enjoy the pics.

Clara's Paw Patrol Birthday

Some snaps of Clara's birthday in December 

DIY SOS - Government Baby house

This last weekend Tony and a team from ReVive spent two days revamping a very run down government home for babies and young children.

(Laura helped by making brownies and biscuits- obviously) 

The Staff do what they can but the government are not very easy to get money from even for essentials like medicine and fixing up houses.

These quick videos help to share the before and after of this wonderful work

and here is the after.. 

the kids LOVED their newly painted home

Education brings Joy

I just wanted to share this photo. The children haven't had their new teacher long but last week I needed to get the kids to write their names for a gift to one of the house mums for her birthday. The photo is of Gabriel (7) who was excited to be able to write his name by himself for the first time without help. Thank you to everyone who  has expressed an interest in supporting the Charity to employ a teacher. You are making a huge difference. Money has started to come in but we are still some way off our target to permanently employ a teacher.  If you would like to help too please contact us.

"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world"Nelson Mandela
The children who have just recently entered the With Open Arms shelter have all come from homes where they have been neglected or worse.They have not had the chance to go to school regularly and are far behind where they should be academically. Some cannot identify numbers or letters.If we put them into a normal classroom with children their own age they wouldn't be able to join in any of the work. There is no special help for them and they would continue to get further and further behind and spend their days frustrated and sad not being able to understand. We have an opportunity to change their future. We have an opportunity to help them learn to read and write.
Can you help?

We need £3000 for a 6 month term to hire specialist teacher to educate these precious children. If you would like to give a donation please email us using the email If you would like…

The Grandparents in Brazil