Tearfund has been supporting projects in Brazil for more than 30 years and we currently work with eight partners in the country. Between 1990 and 1997 we backed a number of children at risk projects, but our main current focus is north-east Brazil, where severe drought intensifies hardships and encourages migration. Here is just a brief sample of Tearfund-supported work in the region:
ACEV (Ação Evangélica), a Brazilian evangelical church denomination, has installed around 100 wells during the last 14 years, providing tens of thousands of rural people with a reliable water supply and improved sanitation. Local community members receive training in basic health, well maintenance and community mobilisation.
ACEV also raises awareness of community rights to government water deliveries. Without this intervention, uneducated villagers are vulnerable to deception by corrupt local government officials who demand payment for what should be a free service.
Seeking to transform the circumstances of ‘excluded’ people, Diaconia supports vulnerable children and trains church volunteers to care for people living with HIV. A Diaconia food security programme, meanwhile, helps drought-affected communities become self-sufficient in food and water. Small farmers are taught to diversify crops, build affordable irrigation systems and sanitation facilities, sell excess produce in local markets and get involved in local politics.
- for people living in poverty in Brazil.
- for our Brazilian partners as they seek to help others.
- for Brazil: for justice, peace, good health and hope for everyone.