When the coronavirus pandemic hit Brazil, hospitals quickly became overwhelmed and public resources became stretched beyond their limits. But Pastor Hugo, who has been working with rural communities in Brazil for decades, teamed up with Tearfund’s local partner organisation to ensure that even people in the most remote locations received essential supplies.
Some of the poorest and most isolated communities in Brazil, many of which are living by or in the Amazon rainforest, have limited access to healthcare at the best of times. During the coronavirus pandemic, they have become increasingly vulnerable due to lack of access to resources and public health information.
Pastor Hugo knows the everyday challenges of living in these remote areas well. He grew up by the Amazon rainforest and relied on growing his own food to survive. And he has dedicated his life to helping others in similar situations.
‘I didn't have a shirt and I walked barefoot because I couldn't afford sandals – I came from a poor family. But I said, “I'll help. Whether I have it or not, I'll help.” And I started helping people,’ says Pastor Hugo.
‘The Bible tells us that we must love our neighbours as ourselves.’
And when Tearfund’s local partner launched an emergency coronavirus response in Brazil, Pastor Hugo was quick to help their efforts to reach the most remote communities.