The enormous “orphanages” of the past housed 100, 200, and even up to 500 children and even included schools on the properties of these organizations. With the passage of the Statute for Children and Adolescents (Estatuto da Criança

e do Adolescente or “ECA”) in 1992, these orphanages were no longer allowed to exist in this manner.* 

Shelters are a measure of protection for children and adolescentes whose rights have been threatened or violated, reserved for exceptional cases and temporary in nature.* 

A study conducted in 2011 found that the main causes of sheltering are 37,6% family negligence, 20,1% addicted parents, 11,9% abandonment, 10,8% domestic violence.* 

LAR CASA BELA is an educational, non-profit, philanthropic organization that was founded in Sorocaba, Sao Paulo in 2012. 

The NGO offers residential accommodations for a group of children and adolescents from the age of 0-17 years,

who are in a situation of personal and social risk and whose families are temporarily unable to fulfill their care

and protection function. 

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Furthermore, the mission is to create a welcoming and caring home for the children making it possible that they

can develop close ties such as those normally built in a functioning family environment. 

The institution also works intensively with the families, helping them to reorganize and therefore to increase the chances

of retrieving their children. If this isn`t impossible, Lar Casa Bela takes care of each child or sibling until they can

be referred to a foster family. 

Respecting the individuality of each child is paramount to encourage them to interact with each other, as well as,

with their social and familiar core. 

With their love, dedication and commitment, the volunteers at Lar Casa Bela contribute to improve the quality of life of the children and adolescents through promoting activities like therapeutic care, speech therapy, English classes, arts & crafts classes and school reinforcement. 

As some of the children don’t know their history Isabel Galvão Simon, the founder of the organization, implemented the project ``Fazendo Minha História``. In cooperation with their godmother/godparents the children and adolescents create an album, which captures the story of each individual, including their origin and their development. 

With the help of many volunteers and donations, which the house received in 2016, they have been able to complete 177 visits to various doctor’s offices, 192 therapy sessions and issued four identity documents. In 2016, fourteen children left the NGO, eleven returned to their family of origin and three children were adopted. 

All this happens only thanks to the support of people and companies that believe in the mission of Lar Casa Bela. The organization is grateful for any financial support or donation in kind notably food, hygiene, cleaning products and clothing, school supplies to cover their expenses. 

If you would like to work with us realizing the dream of many children and adolescents, as being a volunteer or as a sponsor please feel free to contact me at

* Instituto Fazendo História