Mão Amiga Brazil – Catholic Education for Underprivileged Children
Percent Below Poverty Line: 21.4%
Since 2008 Brazil has fought for a stable economy, and has achieved this through debt reduction programs. Although the country is performing well, there are still pockets of poverty. 21.4% of the population lives under the poverty line. Mão Amiga Brazil supports a population in dire need of financial resources that is located in the outskirts of Itapecerica da Serra, bordering the outskirts of São Paulo and Embu-Guaçu. It is located in the Jardim Santa Júlia district, surrounded by a region in need of our help, due to many issues, such as poverty, violence and drug abuse.
Mão Amiga Brazil opened its doors in 2006 with 48 pre school children in a remote village far from the metropolitan area of San Paul. This town, Jardin Santa Julia, with 20,000 residents has been plagued through the years with unemployment, violence, poverty and illiteracy.