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Everything to save her

Every day our teams fight  to rescue girls. Here, Ellen Udessane, coordinator of our Pink House in Catují, tells the story of one young life transformed.   Catuji is cut in half by the BR-116. It is also blighted by poverty and inequality, with the fourth worst human development index in our whole state. Child sexual exploitation […]

“Each girl is a world of pain”

Keyla Dutra, the coordinator of our Pink House in Cândio Sales, describes how she and her team are bringing hope to young lives traumatised by a local culture of abuse and sexual exploitation.   Every day at Meninadança I am confronted as a human being. It’s not easy to survive against this tide, to go […]

The Pink House exhibition that impacted a region

Our Pink Houses exist to both change girls’ lives and also empower them to be change in their own communities. That’s exactly what happened when all five of our Pink Houses, as well as our other projects in three towns in the Brumadinho area, opened their doors to local people for the Transforma Exhibition, a […]

The 7,000 truck drivers who will protect girls on the highways

It is something we never could have imagined when Meninadança began its journey on the BR-116 nearly 12 years ago.   Back then, the tragedy of sexual exploitation seemed impossibly vast and endemic, although we were determined to try to change it. Now, though, a partnership between Meninadança and one of Brazil’s largest haulage firms […]

“I received much more than I could give”

Tiia Karvinen, from Finland, spent three months volunteering at our Pink Houses this year. Here’s her report… I didn’t know much of what to expect of my time volunteering with Meninadança, but I can say it was even better than I could have dreamed of. The number of new friendships I made in all the […]

The Pink Houses: Where girls find their inner strength

When girls step through the doors of our Pink Houses they first find refuge, safety and people who genuinely love and care for them. But it isn’t long before they begin to discover something more – inner strength, courage and self-belief. Girls soon find a sense of purpose, and a determination to fight for a […]