The Family Action Plan (PAF) is the social methodology builded by Instituto Dara, which consists of the participatory creation of goals and integrated actions in the areas of health, housing, income, citizenship and education, aiming at the autonomy of families in social vulnerability and their development. PAF is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative and intersectoral approach to combating poverty. In 2003, it received the Social Technology certification from Foundation Banco do Brasil.
It seeks to ensure that each family is able to understand and navigate the SUS (Unified Health System) to ensure their access to the universal right to health. In addition, the medical team guides and advises on the measures that certify that all children in the assisted family are up to date with their vaccinations and forward them to external treatments.
Each family participating in the PAF at Instituto Dara receives a food voucher of R$80 per month. Shopping is guided by a nutritionist, who focuses on the ideal diet for each family member.
DONATION OF MEDICINES
Donation of medicines and medical equipment prescribed by the medical team of the partner public unit and that are not made available by the SUS or that are in short supply, in addition to special milk and medical equipment when not available through the public health network.
It promotes the meeting and dialogue between the people responsible for the families served. It consists of community therapy, which aims to strengthen emotional and self-esteem. There is a schedule of lectures on food, breastfeeding, STDs, among other topics.
MOTHERS AND EARLY CHILDHOOD
Complementary project that aims to strengthen the fundamental bond for the development and healthy education of children. It also includes parents or other responsible relatives.
It is proposed to develop skills and competences in the responsible people of the family for income generation, for new job opportunities and for entrepreneurship.
At Instituto Dara’s headquarters, entrepreneurship courses related to the creative economy are offered, focused on the areas of cooking, beauty, sewing and crafts.
FLEXIBILITY AND VOCATION
The courses are structured in modules in order to allow students to develop their skills according to their time and ability. They can also delve into related areas when they discover an interest or vocation in one of the modules.
REFERRAL TO TRAINING
The area is also responsible for making referrals for professional training at other partner institutions, in an attempt to expand the opportunities and chances of the people served.
It seeks to ensure the minimum healthiness of families’ homes in order to create a healthy and safe environment, in addition to making adaptations for children with disabilities.
The program carries out renovations in the families’ homes, according to pre-established criteria, always related to sanitary, hydraulic or electrical installations. In addition, it encourages and guides family members in participating in reform processes.
In addition to renovations related to sanitary, hydraulic or electrical installations, the team guides families on healthy habits, cleaning and maintenance to guarantee a healthy environment in the residence.
It aims to guarantee the attendance and good performance of children in school, as well as to encourage the direct participation of caregivers in the education of daughters and sons.
There are also school reinforcement activities and referral to specific care (ophthalmic, pedagogical, speech-language therapist and psychological). The awareness of caregivers about the importance of education is the basis of this area.
ACTIVITIES FOR THE FAMILY
During the care of the person responsible for the family, children and adolescents participate in psychopedagogical activities coordinated by the area. The activities are previously programmed and cover recreational and educational topics.
ADOLESCENT ACONCHEGO PROJECT
Focused on audiences aged between 12 and 17, it offers a space for active and empathetic listening, dialogue and support for personal development. It consists of meetings to discuss sexuality, health, personal hygiene, technology, work, among others, in addition to cultural tours. The goal is contribute to the development of critical thinking and citizen participation.
Its objective is to promote access to justice system and guide the family on their rights and duties.
The area has the support of social workers and lawyers, who advise families on specific government benefits that each one can seek through their rights. It clarifies, guides and contributes to the citizen participation of the person in charge and other family members.
The team guides families to obtain all citizen documentation, such as a birth certificate, identity card, CPF, work card, school transcript, among others.
Professionals in the area also assist families in matters related to the recognition of paternity, alimony and property regularization, among others.
How it works
According to research conducted by Georgetown University, 3 to 5 years after completing the program, family income practically doubles and, in the same period, hospital readmissions fall by 86%. Of these families, 28% had their own home at the beginning of the program. Three to five years after the rise, that number increases to 50%.
The PAF step by step