"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute. Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy" Proverbs 31:8-9

Friday, 17 June 2011

Review- The Street Children of Brazil by Sarah De Carvalho

My rating: 3 1/2 Stars

If you do not want your heart broken for children living on the streets, do NOT read this book. This is the incredible story of Sarah De Carvalho and how she founded Happy Child.

I found some of the chapters a bit 'bland' especially after the first chapter opens with Sarah being caught in a cross fire in the slums of the city – it's a bit hard to keep my attention after all the action on the first few pages. There are many gripping first hand accounts of life on the streets, many from children themselves.

I wanted to read this book to gain a different perspective on Brazil, particularly because we sponsor Igor in Brazil. Even though Igor does not live on the streets, it helps to gain some perspective.

I read the updated edition, which was very interesting to read how Happy Child has grown in the many years after the book was first published.

You can not read this book without your heart reaching out to the street children, not only in Brazil, but across the world.