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The Initiative

Who We Are

Dreaming Project Institute (Instituto Projeto Sonhar) assists in the human development of families, supporting people’s physical, psychic and emotional health, as well as their material and cultural expansion, being affection the fundamental basis for reaching these rights.


Capão Redondo

The Proposal

Dreaming Families Project (Projeto Sonhar Familiar) seeks family development through biopsychosocial care and monitoring. Participant family groups come from the district of Capão Redondo, with children and teenagers up to the age of 14, exposed to situations of personal and social risk, and with fragile family and community ties.

This support is institutional, for the maintenance of the organization and its activities.


The 23 families served by Dreaming Project (Projeto Sonhar) currently present at least a social risk situation that directly affects family dynamics. The main issues identified are sexual abuse of children and teenagers, alcoholism, drug addiction, extreme poverty, neglect and mistreatment, mental health issues and domestic violence.

The UBS (Basic Health Units) in the community have a professional to meet the mental and emotional health demands of the assisted population. However, it is difficult to get an appointment and, when it happens, the therapy is usually done in groups, generating different complaints among the participants. Patients feel exposed considering that, for most, it is not easy to talk about themselves and their issues.

To match other needs, Dreaming Families Project (Projeto Sonhar Famílias) aims not only to offer social actions, but also direct psychological assistance. Therapy enables personal empowerment, the capacity to strengthen and restore affective bonds, overcoming traumas and reducing mental suffering.

For this reason, psychological assistance is fundamental to help the development process of a more just and egalitarian society, allowing families and individuals the means to develop biopsychosocially.

How It Works

The Dreaming Project Institute (Instituto Projeto Sonhar) has created a specific methodology that includes the following steps:

  1. The family is referred to the Dreaming Families Project (Projeto Sonhar Familiar) through a partner from the services of the city’s policy of Social Assistance, Health and / or Defense of the Rights of Children and Teenagers.
  2. By the time of the family’s admission, the first step to be taken is based on the development of a trust relationship between the project’s social educator and the family members, through the affective bond.
  3. Each project educator works with a group of 12 families; for each family core is built a customized plan of care according to their specific needs.
  4. Visits are made weekly to families with the purpose of assisting on family restructure, monitoring external activities, as well as addressing and guiding family issues.
  5. Social-educational meetings are held with families, which aims to create an emotional bond and foster the development of its members in areas such as education, health, housing, work and income, life project, citizenship and relationship with the local community.
  6. If there is need, psychological care can be offered after an evaluation of family members and, when possible, other community members.
  7. Crosswise, they work on local development, with the goal to promote the strengthening of networking with other social organizations in the region, aiming to increase the synergy in the sustainable development of families within the community.

In relation to the offer of psychological care, it is also worth mentioning that:

  • The goal of psychological counseling is to offer direct psychological assistance to children, teenagers and families in situations of emotional conflict, mental suffering, or exposed to situations of personal and social risks.
  • Counseling will always be offered when the social educator identifies issues that cause mental suffering or when it is observed the need to strengthen and restore affective ties in the family.
  • Therapy sessions are held at the Dreaming Project (Projeto Sonhar) headquarters and will be performed by two professionals, one for the youth and one for the adults.
  • Each professional offers counseling twice a week: youth therapist on Tuesdays and Thursdays, and the adults therapist on Thursdays and Fridays, both from 9am to 5pm.
  • Psychological care is not a conditionality for the families participating in the project. Other community members who perceive the need and who have the desire and the commitment to the service can be attended.
    • Type of Service: Individual and Group Service.
    • Location: Dream Project Headquarters.
    • Frequency: Once a week.
    • Duration: 60 minutes per session.
    • Number of direct recipients in the year: 45.
    • Monthly Sessions: 96.
    • Sessions in 10 months: 960 (This number corresponds to the number of sessions per group therapy, although up to 4 participants, we compute 1 session. The number of individuals is added to the number of recipients).
  • The counseling lasts according to the need and demands of each patient. On average, there are two usual frequencies: short term (2 months) or long-term (up to 18 months).
  • The patient can be discharged when the main complaint is solved, when it reaches the maximum length of service or if the patient desires to terminate the therapy.
  • The psychology professionals also will hold educational lectures every three months as a form of addressing themes and issues that might come up in the sessions or in the regular visits (via social educators). Up to now, for example, it has been identified the need to talk about parental alienation, mothering aspects and early childhood care.
  • Educational lectures will be held in the headquarters quarterly, in the mornings and afternoons, in order to increase the audience.

Project Audience

  • Dreaming Project (Projeto Sonhar) has the capacity to serve 26 families simultaneously. The recipient families are mostly residents of the Capão Redondo district. The expectancy of assisted until December 2019 is 200 people, directly and indirectly.
  • There are actions aimed at the surrounding community and through network partners, and for this reason, five vacancies of psychological assistance are available to this Every month, there is a group of 15 people from the community who go to the Institute’s headquarters and participate in the Homeopathy Therapy Program.
  • In 2018, the Project directly assisted 30 families, with 149 members, on average 4.97 people per household – being 63 children, 34 teenagers up to 18 years, and 52 individuals older than 18 years. Sixty percent of the families assisted were composed of single-parent relationships, in which the woman is the head of the household. The families participating in the project have a combined monthly family income between R$ 250.00 and R$ 2,700.00 and average per capita income of R$ 227.35.
  • Of the 30 families assisted, 14 live in houses with easy access to streets and avenues and have an address and number of easy location. Another 14 were in houses located in favelas; and two in a room as a favor, without sanitary and hydraulic structure.

Objectives of the Investment

  • Increase the number of individual therapy visits between April and December 2019.
  • Perform group therapy visits between April and December 2019.
  • Provide care for community members between April and December 2019.
  • Maintain attendance at individual psychological appointments.
  • Improve the self-esteem of participants.
  • Ensure the participation of the head of the families (or all family members) in the lectures.
  • Grant discharges promoted by patient evolution between April and December 2019.
  • Increase the number of funders for the actions of the Dreaming Families Project (Projeto Sonhar Famílias).
  • Increase the number of partnerships of Dreaming Project Institute (Instituto Projeto Sonhar).
  • Increase the number of followers in the Social Networks of the Dreaming Project (Projeto Sonhar).