Location Rio de Janeiro (Cidade de Deus), RJ
Grantee 2015
Attended areas Socioeconomic Development

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Projeto Cuidar – Agência de Cuidadores

Generating Jobs in the City of God Through a Network of Caregivers for the Elderly

IBGE projects that there will be 63 million senior citizens in Brazil by 2050. According to the Ministry of Health in Brazil, approximately 3.8 million seniors today are at least somewhat dependent, and with their demand on caregivers only increasing. Recognizing this demand, Casa de Santa Ana offers courses on caregiving for the elderly with the goal of encouraging proper caregiving practices and creating jobs and income generation opportunities for youth and adults in the City of God, Rio de Janeiro.

Founded in 1991, Casa de Santa Ana aims to improve the health and quality of life for the elderly, preventing their social isolation and possible institutionalization. The Casa achieves this by strengthening community, family, and generational ties.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Casa de Santa Ana will:

• Insert youth and adults with low educational attainment into the formal labor market;
• Address the deficit of trained, professional caregivers for the elderly;
• Ensure a higher quality of life for the elderly and a peace of mind for their family members.


2 training courses per semester
120 people between the ages of 18 and 60 trained as caregivers for the elderly


“Taking into account the lack of training resources in the community and our first-hand experiences with the elderly, we see the need to provide training for elderly caregiving”. – Maria de Lourdse Braz Vieira – Executive Coordinator, Projeto Cuidar

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