Refugio Aboim Ascensão is a private internationally recognized non-profit Christian Charity organization working to better the lives of abused, abandoned and neglected children under the age of 6.
Since 1985, Refugio's specialized model of care ‘Emergencia Infantil’ dedicated to infants and young children at risk has earned numerous national and international awards including the prestigious - Diana Princess of Wales Award in 1998. It is also an honorary member of the council of the NSPCC (National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children), in 1992 and remains a role model for infant care around the globe.
The work of Emergencia Infantil involves a diverse array of therapies, disciplines, education and care specifically created for abused and mistreated infants, and children at risk.
Refugio Aboim Ascensao, demonstrates the opportunity to create innovative and quality models of childcare replicable throughout Europe and beyond. Transforming the often difficult dilemma of supporting very young children at risk and promoting the recognition of a child as a citizen, and as such, has legal, social economic and educational rights and needs, and the right to be loved.
- Luis Villas Boas