Over the years, ABBA's work has taken on new forms but always maintains the same foundation. The involvement with those who lived on the streets led us to the creation of street approach projects, shelters, and the family shelter project. The search to prevent this street experience led to the creation of community centers on the outskirts of the city; the attempt to provide better living conditions for those who lived there led us to create a professional training project. Today, these are ABBA's four areas of action: prevention, intervention, protection, and formation. As steps are taken and changes take place, ABBA seems to get closer to its vision: to see every child, adolescent, and young adult in our country capable of fully developing in all dimensions of life, based on God's paternal care.
The metropolitan region of São Paulo, ABBA's main center of activity, has the highest concentration of favelas in Brazil (27%), reaching 2 million people living in this context. Material scarcity, health risks, little intellectual stimulation, abusive family relationships, low self-esteem, distorted social behaviors, are all indicators of an experience of broken relationships in the environmental, personal, social, and spiritual dimensions, which form the total of human existence.
In such a condition, full human development, especially of children and adolescents, is unsustainable. Our prevention projects work in direct contact with children and adolescents who live this reality. Each project provides the opportunity for these children and adolescents to find an environment of safe relationships, facilitating the provision of their material, mental, emotional, social, moral, and spiritual needs, and their full human development in family life.
Source: gov.br/cidadania/pt-br< /a>