ABOUT THE COUNTRY
The largest and most populous country in South America, Brazil has placed a heavy emphasis on industrial and agricultural development. While the country has seen an increase in economic power, there is still a huge financial disparity between classes.
Finding sufficient work for its 201 million people has been a large challenge. Over a third of the country’s population lives in the slums of Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo. Forest preservation movements have specifically caused timber harvesters to lose their jobs and move their families to slums and squatter villages. In these overcrowded villages, malnourished children run free in the streets, often getting involved in drugs and prostitution. Over 500,000 babies go unregistered each year, hindering their access to many basic rights.
Although Brazil is South America’s leading economic power, drugs, prostitution, unemployment, and violence pollute the communities where we work in Goiânia, Brazil. These issues, combined with absent parents and divorce, negatively affect the local youth. VisionTrust partners with Projeto Amar 1 and Projeto Amar 2 Learning Centers in an effort to better these children’s lives by promoting spiritual, intellectual and physical growth.
Both Centers go above and beyond to take care of the children. Each child is given a shower when they arrive because they don’t receive proper hygienic care at home. Children who attend a half-day at the Center receive two meals and a snack, while nursery and pre-school students who attend all day are given three meals and two snacks. Teens learn valuable trades through an apprentice program that works with 14 different corporations. The children and teens both receive support, discipleship, encouragement and a safe haven from the streets.
Meet the Kids
MEET OUR LOCAL HERO
Aparecida de Fátima de Oliveira (Cidinha) is the youngest of nine siblings, but was adopted by her aunt and uncle at age two. She wasn’t raised in a Christian family, but started studying the Bible at 21, and the grace and love of Jesus came alive to her. Cidinha has worked with Projecto Amar for 23 years and has been our Country Director since 2005.