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.
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.
- Children are learning how to use the internet safely. A series of trainings taught them about the dangers of online exploitation and how to protect themselves from it.
- Children were given the opportunity to be leaders in their community after attending workshops where they learned how to advocate for their rights with the local government and in their community.
Healthy Children and Families
Children and families are well nourished, protected from infection and disease, and have access to essential health services.
- In Brazil, children were empowered to take the lead on improving their health. Trainings taught them good hygiene habits and how to prepare healthy foods.
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.
- Students have received significant new resources at schools around Brazil. Many schools received computers and multimedia centers to support children's learning. Other schools received libraries.
- Students are receiving support to improve their reading and writing. After-school programming was estabilshed to give children the opportunity to continue learning and practicing their literacy skills.
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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