“Thank God for TETO” I heard, via translation, residents say. They have little else than the NGO staff and volunteers. The numbers speak for themselves, with 300 reconstructions in the 21 São Paulo favelas covered only this year. But it was the residents’ trust that I witnessed in the most mistrusting of environments that was the strongest evidence – trust that has been built across South America.
And people’s needs follow, despite the overwhelming pressure. Fresh volunteers meeting children aged 4-10 years for regular group reading lessons and activities was proof for this.
With more help from and partnerships with other organisations, I can see the ‘impossible’ of extending psychosocial support. Witnessing a request to educate women to speak against domestic violence clearly demonstrated that some resilience layers are not far off.