Compassion partners with churches and denominations to help them provide Brazilian children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.
Compassion's work in Brazil began in 1975. Currently, more than 40,000 children are registered in more than 185 child development centers.
Population: 186 millions
Life expectancy: Male 68 years, Female 76 years
Under-5 mortality rate: 3,0%
People with HIV/AIDS: 660.000
Drinking water sources: 87%
Adequate sanitation facilities: 76%
Literacy rate: Male 86%, Female 87%
Population in extreme poverty ($1.25 a day): 22%
Compassion began its ministry in Brazil in 1975.
Children receive a Bible when they are 6 and 10 years old and also when they complete the program.
Each child receives a meal typically including pasta, rice, vegetables and/or meat on the days that he or she attends the center.
The child development center staff encourage the children to participate in extracurricular activities, such as sports tournaments, camps, dance performances, job fairs and field trips to parks, museums, zoos and local businesses. The staff also hold Health Week, which is a time that the centers set aside to educate the children and their parents on hygiene and disease prevention.
The staff encourage medical checkups and bring in health professionals to speak on topics like malnutrition, of disease prevention and self care. In addition, the center staff conduct social responsibility campaigns during which the children raise awareness in their communities by handing out pamphlets about disease prevention (e.g., dengue fever) and other social issues.
Adolescents are typically involved in skills workshops, such as hairdressing, nail technology, information technology and office skills.