Barra do Ceará

ICC’s project to fight child sexual exploitation serves more than 530 youngsters

Wednesday, January 16, 2013 - 10:44
The project’s first phase was completed in December The project’s first phase was completed in December

Project Barra do Ceará, a cooperation between Camargo Corrêa Institute (ICC) and Construtora Camargo Corrêa, has engaged some 800 people to fight sexual exploitation of youngsters in Fortaleza city, Ceará state, during 2012. The project's first phase, completed in December, has served 532 adolescents who joined educational activities, and also provided guidance to 133 professionals and pedagogues at workshops held since last year's February.

Activities in the project aimed to strengthen the work shared by institutions and programs operating in the area for infancy, education, health, and social assistance. Another goal was to supplement the training of institutions' professionals through educational activities among youngsters, community, and professionals of Camargo Corrêa Group. Themes discussed included adolescence, sexuality, sexual violence, sexual exploitation, sexual and reproductive rights, health promotion, and a life project.

The action is part of project "Great Works for Infancy", which is part of Ideal Childhood program, from ICC, and is taken in cooperation with Construtora Camargo Corrêa. In Fortaleza city, the company is responsible for Vila do Mar, a public municipal project to urbanize neighborhoods in the city's coast.

Márcia Campos, the project's general coordinator, says the action helps create an integrated network to fight child sexual exploitation. "Professionals often didn't know for sure when they should report the cases, but now they know who can serve these youngsters and how they can follow up on services provided", she says.