IBEJI Project

What is the IBEJI Project?
IBEJI is a non-governmental organization registered as a charity in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil. It resulted from a project begun in 1988 by a small group of volunteers to work with adolescents who live and work in the streets of Salvador. Today, it is the only project in the city that accepts and works with adolescents with a history of drug abuse and problems with the law. IBEJI now functions as a 24-hour shelter and half-way house for adolescents referred by the Juvenile Authority.

What are our objectives?
To integrate these adolescents into society and their families by helping them become aware of their rights and obligations as citizens. As a result, they regain or acquire self-esteem and self-respect, and become productive members of the community.

How is this achieved?

  • By offering a safe, healthy environment that shelters them from the dangers of life on the streets;
  • Heightening the awareness of the community and law enforcement institutions about these adolescents' rights and responsibilities;
  • Making parents and relatives aware of their responsibilities;
  • Helping return the adolescents to their families when possible and appropriate;
  • Enabling adolescents to take responsibility for their personal well-being and growth;
  • Working from the basis of the Statute of the Child and Adolescent;
  • Providing psychological help and referrals to drug rehab centers, when necessary.

    How you can help
    Your contributions, however small, are very important to IBEJI.
    You can help in a number of ways:

    For more information
    Contact us at the email address below or at

    Avenida Sete de Setembro, 3.346 - Ladeira da Barra -
    40130-001 Salvador, Bahia, BRAZIL
    Tel/Fax 55(0)71 336-5835

    Email us at:

    The IBEJI Project is registered as a "Public Utility" charity, which qualifies donors to make tax deductible donations.
    Monthly or occasional donations can be deposited directly in IBEJI's accounts at:

    CITIBANK, account # 95918671 - Branch  07, Salvador, Bahia, Brazil
    BankBoston account #42.4078.03 - Branch 0063 - Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

    IBEJI's federal tax registration number (CGC) is 00.345.262/0001-98

    Read the latest report on IBEJI's activities
    Detailed information - IBEJI's past, present and future
    Photographs of IBEJI's work 
    Photos of IBEJI kids by Alejandro Reyes

    External Links
    Department for International Development (DFID), UK

    The city of Salvador, IBEJI's home base

    Read article about street kids in Brazil

    More information about street kids on the Web

    "The State of the World's Children" by UNICEF

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