CARF Brazil, was established by Gregory J. Smith in São Paulo in 1993. Gregory had already established The Children At Risk Foundation – CARF Norway in 1992, to benefit the street children of Brazil by defending their rights and offering them a dignified solution so that they could live and grow within a family-oriented context and healthy social environment. The knowledge gained during the last decade guided Gregory to create a Street Migration Prevention Programme. Due to its success, CARF had to seek new solutions to cope with growing demands and in 2001 The Hummingbird Arts & Cultural Activity Centre became a reality, allowing CARF to expand its capacity from 80 children and young people to more than 2000 today.
An important development in 2007 was the establishing of a new Brazilian NGO, The Hummingbird Cultural Network (RCBF - Rede Cultural Beija-Flor), to cater for a network of community prevention centres implemented during the next few years and led by youth entrepreneurs trained at Hummingbird. By the end of 2012 we will have four community prevention centres up and running...
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