On the Streets – I

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On the Streets – I, originally uploaded by carf.

Eduardo takes an early morning bite at his street-level breakfast. Today he eats breakfast at his own table as a recuperated and independent 18 year old citizen.
Photo by Gregory J. Smith – CARF.

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF

On the Streets – XV (Made in Brazil)

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On the Streets – XV (Made in Brazil), originally uploaded by carf.

Africa or Brazil? – The unfolded cardboard box used to cover an otherwise cold floor of a parking lot is evidence that this streetkid was “Made in Brazil”
In fact this is also São Paulo!

Photo by Gregory J. Smith – CARF.

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF

On the Streets – XII

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On the Streets – XII, originally uploaded by carf.

In 1998 Eduardo was totally dependent on Crack, a devastating drug for the majority of São Paulo’s street children.
Photo by Gregory J. Smith – CARF.

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF

On the Streets – XI

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On the Streets – XI, originally uploaded by carf.

Totally dependent on Crack, Eduardo waits nervously whilst his drug dealer prepares the next smoke.
Photo by Gregory J. Smith – CARF.

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF

On the Streets – X

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On the Streets – X, originally uploaded by carf.

Street kids hang-out in their den, smoking crack the entire night, only to fall asleep exhausted in the early morning hours.
Eduardo on the left, is waiting for his drug dealer to deliver the crack. The money to pay for it is held securely in his hands.
Photo by Gregory J. Smith – CARF.

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF

On the Streets – IX

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On the Streets – IX, originally uploaded by carf.

Abandoned by society, Eduardo had given up all hope of a dignified life. The look of dispair in his eyes was enough to understand the pains he was going through.
Photo by Gregory J. Smith – CARF.

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF

On the Streets – XIX

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On the Streets – XIX, originally uploaded by carf.

Robison and Eduardo in 1998, seemingly enjoying themselves on the streets, but the smiles on their faces only hide their dispair and gives them hope of a better future awaiting them.

Today they are both recuperated and live independent lives. Their colleagues, who can be seen in several of the photos in this series, are already dead and gone!

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF

On the Streets – VII

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On the Streets – VII, originally uploaded by carf.

Slightly more comfortable than the bare cobblestones of the sidewalks, these street kids have made their own den and sleep it off on an old matress. For most of them there will be a long wait until they have an opportunity to leave the streets.

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF

On the Streets – V

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On the Streets – V, originally uploaded by carf.

Robison and Eduardo, two street children who eventually made it off the streets in 1998 thanks to CARF’s efforts. Today they are both independent recuperated youngsters living a normal life.

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF

Abandoned – XII

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Abandoned – XII, originally uploaded by carf.

Wender and Fabio, two street kids in the process of leaving the streets at CARF’s recuperation centre in the outskirts of São Paulo in 1993.

Sadly, Wender was treacherously gunned down a few years after having left the streets and died in the gutters he so couragiously fought to leave behind.

Happily Fábio is still around and lives an independent life today, dabbling with graphics and web design amongst other things.

Photo by Eirik Brekke – CARF

Children At Risk Foundation – CARF