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Evellyn and Mikaelly’s family

Daughters of teen parents, these twins were born premature and, after a year and a half, they became cross-eyed (strabismus disease). After two years in SaúdeCriança, the family was discharged from SaúdeCriança with improved health and with a new pair of glasses for each one, ready to move on.

Daughters of teen parents, these twins were born premature and, after a year and a half, they became cross-eyed (strabismus disease). After two years in SaúdeCriança, the family was discharged from SaúdeCriança with improved health and with a new pair of glasses for each one, ready to move on.


Evellyn and Mikaelly are twins born prematurely. When they were born, the girls’ mother, Emille, was only 15, and their father, Breno, was 17 years old. Today, three years old, the girls live with their mother, uncle, and maternal grandparents in Rocinha and have almost no contact with their father.

In early September, the family was successfully discharged from AssociaçãoSaúdeCriança. On that day, Emille remembered all the changes in her life since the birth of her daughters. The two girls, who developed strabismus just being a year and a half old, also were fortunate to use SaúdeCriança to get the care and glasses needed for the treatment of the disease. “This NGO helps in everything, everything. In me, I found it mainly improved in temperament, because I was very stressed, very ignorant, and I did not listen to anyone. Now I listen, I’m not like I was before, I’m calmer,” Emille concluded.

Also during the time thanks to SaúdeCriança, Emille successfully completed Beauty workshops of the Professionalization Program of SaúdeCriança and became a hairdresser. While Emille is currently working on achieving a stable customer base, she has been able to increase her income from cutting the neighbors hair when she can. Her father Raimundo, also participated in the cooking course since he is unemployed.  He now produces candy to sell on the street, enjoying seeing his efforts come to fruition.

Initially, the family was referred because of the milk needed to feed the two twins. “Each can costs around $120 and it was very difficult for us to buy them because it would take two days of work to purchase one of them. Then, I was sent here from the Maternity Maria AméliaBuarque de Holanda. I came and started getting milk, which was a huge help. Since then, they gave me a mattress, fan, and even a filter,” remembers the mother.