The Venezuela crisis has caused about 3.4 million people to flee the country, seeking food, work, and a better life. While the influx from Venezuela has caused tensions in host countries, it also has brought out their hospitable spirit. Still, needs among families in transition are great. And forecasts for 2019 show the number of displaced people may increase to more than 5.4 million. World Vision staff in neighboring countries are helping refugees.
Why World Vision is in Brazil
For 43 years we’ve been building partnerships in Brazil to support children’s education, protection, and advocacy. Brazil headlined global news in recent years because of the Zika outbreak, but the official state of emergency is over. Although the country is considered a potential future world power, a stark disparity between rich and poor remains. Gang violence and drug trafficking in multiple Brazilian states are pulling in many youth, causing them to drop out of school. Gunfights between gangs and the police create volatility in neighborhoods. Many families are choosing to leave their homes for safer regions, but just as many can’t leave their impoverished communities and must live surrounded by violence. We are reaching thousands of these vulnerable kids in Brazil with your support, by helping local governments make practical changes. By simplifying the birth certificate system, newborns can get birth certificates so they can access their basic rights—like going to school and getting healthcare—throughout their lives. Our partnerships in Brazil are helping boys and girls overcome poverty and inequalities so God’s image-bearers can flourish.
We never give up on people
World Vision child sponsorship looks at all the things that prevent children from surviving and thriving in their community, and then works with that community to bring all the pieces of the puzzle together to build a better life for all children. For sponsors, it’s a personal way to show God’s love to a child in need in a life-changing way.
Progress in Brazil
Thanks to the generous support of donors, we’re making great progress toward the well-being of children and their families.
Child Protection and Care
Boys and girls are safe and valued, well cared for by their families, and participating in their communities as agents of transformation.
- Boys and girls in Brazil learned how to prevent and combat bullying at school and in their communities through puppet shows and classroom sessions.
- Children in Brazil are becoming advocates in their communities by participating in awareness campaigns and workshops, where they learn about their rights, what to do when their rights are violated, and what to do when they know about cases of abuse or violence against children.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- Children in Brazil are learning safe hygiene practices, like washing their hands at critical times throughout the day, to prevent water-borne diseases and ways to prevent transmission of mosquito-borne illnesses.
- Parents in Brazil were trained on topics such as hygiene, sanitation, and nutrition. Parents learned how to prepare balanced meals for their children and how to prevent transmission of common diseases at home.
Education for Better Lives
Children have opportunities to learn and to develop their talents, young people are equipped for the future, and families and communities support children's education.
- Children in Brazil are strengthening their literacy skills through storytelling sessions, book exchanges, and extra reading classes.
Prayer Requests from Brazil
World Vision's staff in Brazil are asking us to join them in prayer for the following:
Gang violence and drug trafficking in two states won't keep causing many innocent deaths and drawing youth away from school into gangs.
Decrease the high teenage pregnancy rates that are making many young women drop out of school unsupported by their families or the fathers.
News from Brazil
The mosquito-borne Zika virus can cause microcephaly and other serious birth defects. Though the disease has faded from the news since its most recent outbreak in 2015, Zika remains a risk in dozens of countries and territories in the Americas. Learn facts about Zika, the latest outbreak, and future threats.
Please pray with us for World Vision’s work in South America — Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, and Brazil. While many of these countries are still recovering from years of internal violence and political instability, each faces unique challenges today.
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