Brazil

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Population: 198,739,269 (2009 estimate)
Capital: Brasilia
Official Name: Federative Republic of Brazil
Area: 3,287,612 square miles (8,514,877 sq km)

• Poverty
The richest 10% of people in Brazil have access to over 40% of the country’s income. On the other hand, the poorest 10% receive about 1% of the income. This paints a grim picture for those with little or no financial stability, and visitors to the country will likely attest to the fact that the poverty is visible and tangible, even to onlookers. The stark contrast between the rich and the poor is made even clearer by the fact that these ones live alongside one another. The slums in the metropolitan, known as favelas, are common, while the remote areas upcountry are also clearly financially strained.

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What We've Done - School - Uberlandia – Minas Gerais, Brazil

on Tuesday, 19 June 2012. Posted in Completed Projects, Brazil, Extreme Poverty

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City: Uberlandia – Minas Gerais, Brazil
Project: School
Number of Children: 185 in the first year

By modifying an existing building, and constructing eight new classrooms, 185 children who currently have no access to school will be able to start their studies. 185 children who live in extremely impoverished conditions will be admitted for kindergarten (ages three to five) and first grade (age six). The school will also provide meals and snacks, recreational activities, and adult education in computer, English, and Spanish.

Homelessness

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Poverty leads to orphans and homelessness.

  • 150 million children live on the street.
  • Action International says that by 2020 there will be 800 million homeless children.
  • The UN says that the street children situation is one of the worst crises facing the nations of the world.
  • This is a disaster

“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.” – Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 25, par. 1

Extreme Poverty

on Sunday, 30 December 2012. Posted in Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, Burundi, The Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, The Facts, India, Indonesia, Ghana, FAQ, Projects, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Romania, Sierra Leone, Extreme Poverty, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Thailand, Kenya, Cambodia, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines

Extreme Poverty Be A HEROAverage Gross National Income for every man, women, and child in America is $35,060. World Development Bank, 2003.

  • Of the 24 mostly Western Developed Nations (including NA, Western Europe, Australia & New Zealand etc.)  Population of 900 million, the GNI is $27,000 USD
  • Compare this to the fact that 1.2 billion people live on under $1.00 a day and 2.7 billion people live on under $2.00 USD a day.
  • 500 million people are hungry and another 500 million are so poor that they don’t consume enough food to render them productive.
  • Because of poverty 33,000 children (mostly under-five-year-olds) die every day due to preventable diseases – diarrhea, measles, malaria, and malnutrition – that is more than one child dying every 3 seconds.
  • 55% of all child deaths (17 million deaths a year) are just because the children are hungry.
  • Poverty is at the root of most of that which contributes to 'children becoming at risk'.

Current Project - Global Concern - Mosquito Nets - Amazon River, Brazil

on Thursday, 21 March 2013. Posted in Current Projects, Brazil, Health - Natural Disaster - Community Development, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Extreme Poverty

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Location:  Villages along the Amazon, Brazil
Project:  Provision of Mosquito Nets
Partner:  Global Concern/Every Home for Christ

Malaria is the largest cause of deaths in Africa, with pregnant women and young children most at risk. This disease has a multitude of symptoms and can even lead to coma and death if untreated. For pregnant women it can lead to birth complications, or early miscarriages.

A mosquito net protects children and the family for only $11 per net

Orphans

on Wednesday, 04 September 2013. Posted in Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, Burundi, The Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, The Facts, India, Indonesia, Ghana, FAQ, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Romania, Sierra Leone, Swaziland, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Orphans, Thailand, Kenya, Cambodia, Zambia, Papua New Guinea, The Philippines

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Every day 5,760 more children become orphans

UNICEF and global partners define an orphan as a child who has lost one or both parents.

By this definition there were over 132 million orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean in 2005.

This large figure represents not only children who have lost both parents, but also those who have lost a father but have a surviving mother or have lost their mother but have a surviving father.

Of the more than 132 million children classified as orphans, only 13 million have lost both parents. Evidence clearly shows that the vast majority of orphans are living with a surviving parent grandparent, or other family member. 95 per cent of all orphans are over the age of five.

Human Trafficking - More Info

on Monday, 18 June 2012. Posted in Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, Burundi, The Congo, Ecuador, Ethiopia, The Facts, India, Indonesia, Ghana, Liberia, Malawi, Mexico, HIV/AIDs & other diseases, Mozambique, Romania, Sierra Leone, Extreme Poverty, Swaziland, Exploitation, Uganda, Human Trafficking, Zimbabwe, Slave Labour & Exploitation, Thailand, Kenya, Cambodia, Zambia, The Philippines

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Add your voice to Stop Human Trafficking through Stop the Traffik Australia

Warning: Some of the content of this article is disturbing - reporting treatment of trafficking victims.

What is human trafficking? According to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), human trafficking is defined as, "the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring or receipt of persons, by means of threat or use of force or other forms of coercion, of abduction, of fraud, of deception, of the abuse of power or of a position of vulnerability or of the giving or receiving of payments or benefits to achieve the consent of a person having control over another person, for the purpose of exploitation."

Issues - Brazil

on Monday, 09 September 2013. Posted in Brazil, The Facts, Extreme Poverty, Homelessness, Natural Disasters

There are several programmes and community initiatives in place to assist the hungry and the homeless, as well as to ensure that children from all areas of the communities have access to education because, although the education itself is free, there are many factors affecting whether or not children can actually access and attend these schools.

Natural Disasters

on Wednesday, 04 September 2013. Posted in Bangladesh, Brazil, Myanmar, The Facts, India, Indonesia, FAQ, Mozambique, Swaziland, Natural Disasters, Thailand, The Philippines

n dNatural disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, and floods can often come at the least expected time. Others, such as hurricanes and cyclones are increasing in severity and destruction. Typically, the poor are the worst hit for they have the least resources to cope and rebuild.

When poor countries face natural disasters, such as hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and fires, the cost of rebuilding becomes even more of an issue when they are already burdened with debt. Often, poor countries suffer with many lost lives and/or livelihoods. Aid and disaster relief often does come in from international relief organizations, rich countries and international institutions, but sometimes poor countries are still paying millions of dollars a week back in the form of debt repayment.

 

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