tag:compassion.com,2011-05-30:5-47843 Brazil Stories 2011-05-30T15:41:51.643-06:00 Compassion International The Path That God Paved tag:compassion.com,2011-00-26:5-33706 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2011-01-26T00:00:00-07:00 Ana Rafaela, Brazil Field Communication Specialist

Poverty had a path ready for Ivoneide. She lived in a shack in a poor community with an abusive father. A sponsor and the Leadership Development Program put her on God's path.

Finding Compassion tag:compassion.com,2009-00-15:5-32856 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2009-12-15T00:00:00-07:00 Tania Mendes in Brazil and Leura Jones, Contributing Writer
Rogerio was tired of feeling hungry. Driven by his hunger, he began seeking food. What he found was a caring pastor, a Compassion-assisted child development center, and the love of the Lord.
Restoring a Broken Heart tag:compassion.com,2008-00-16:5-32888 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2008-06-16T00:00:00-06:00 Brandy Campbell, with Tania Mendes in Brazil
Talita, a Compassion Leadership Development student, makes a difference in children's lives by volunteering at the same student center she was enrolled in as a child.
An Innocent Victim tag:compassion.com,2008-00-12:5-32485 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2008-05-12T00:00:00-06:00 Brandy Campbell, with Tania Mendes in Brazil

As a young boy, Eloim cared for his mentally ill mother. Now, Compassion offers the family support, and Eloim is finally learning what it means to be a child, not a caregiver.

Antonio Carlos: "I Miss Her" tag:compassion.com,2006-00-15:5-32650 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2006-02-15T00:00:00-07:00 Tania Mendes, Brazil Communications Specialist
While only 10 years old, Antonio Carlos has already suffered a great deal. However, through Compassion, he is learning life skills and has found hope. 
Work for Fun and Profit tag:compassion.com,2005-00-01:5-33228 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2005-09-01T00:00:00-06:00 Tania Mendes, Compassion Brazil Communications Specialist

Simone Sylvia Franca is one of 30 Brazilian teenagers who graduated from a bakery course at Lar Batista de Criancas (BR-302).  Read how the job training program supplied her with newfound knowledge and skills that she believes will allow her to support a family of her own some day.

The Truth about Carnaval tag:compassion.com,2005-00-19:5-33697 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2005-04-19T00:00:00-06:00 Tania Mendes, Compassion Brazil Communications Specialist

Carnaval is a bawdy four-day Brazilian celebration culminating on "Fat Tuesday" or Mardi Gras. Compassion-assisted projects in Brazil teach children about their country's world-famous Carnaval, marked by drugs, alcohol, gambling and sexual license, and then offer an alternative. Projeto Maninho (BR-338) provides "Purim", a celebration for children that incorporates puppets, music, dance and drama. Many parents approve - and are grateful.

David Bohr: Letting Children Know They Matter tag:compassion.com,2003-00-09:5-32971 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2003-06-09T00:00:00-06:00

Dave Bohr had never flown before he boarded an airplane bound for Brazil to meet his sponsored child, Amanda. That was just the beginning of many "firsts" in a life-changing trip that also led Dave to join Compassion's Volunteer Network.

Cultural Tips for Brazil tag:compassion.com,2002-00-05:5-32662 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2002-12-05T00:00:00-07:00

Portuguese is the dominant language in Brazil. Be aware that Brazilians do not perceive themselves as Hispanic and, in some cases, will take offense if addressed in Spanish.

Language Lessons tag:compassion.com,2002-00-05:5-33362 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2002-12-05T00:00:00-07:00
The Portuguese language of Brazil has a different pronunciation and vocabulary than the classical language spoken in Portugal. Brazilian Portuguese is softer and more lyrical.
Language Lessons tag:compassion.com,2002-00-05:5-33366 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2002-12-05T00:00:00-07:00
The Portuguese language of Brazil has a different pronunciation and vocabulary than the classical language spoken in Portugal. Brazilian Portuguese is softer and more lyrical.
Cultural Tips for Brazil tag:compassion.com,2002-00-05:5-33742 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2002-12-05T00:00:00-07:00

Portuguese is the dominant language in Brazil. Be aware that Brazilians do not perceive themselves as Hispanic and, in some cases, will take offense if addressed in Spanish.

The Chance to Meet ... Finally tag:compassion.com,2002-00-04:5-32498 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2002-12-04T00:00:00-07:00 Phoebe Rogers
Meeting each other was a recurring theme in the girls' letters. Perhaps Vanessa summed it up best in a July 2000 letter: "Even without knowing each other personally, there is a big friendship between us," she wrote. After 10 years of wishing, Jenny wrote to Vanessa early in 2002 to say that she was coming to Brazil that August.
Jenny and Vanessa: Growing Up Together ... a World Apart tag:compassion.com,2002-00-04:5-33303 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2002-12-04T00:00:00-07:00 By Phoebe Rogers
Jenny loved coloring pictures for her family's sponsored children around the world. She prayed for them faithfully with her mom and dad. She felt directly involved in her parents' sponsorships. And when she turned nine, she decided it was time to take her involvement a step further  she needed to contribute financially.
A Project Responds to its Community's Needs tag:compassion.com,2002-00-04:5-33576 0001-01-01T00:00:00-07:00 2002-12-04T00:00:00-07:00 Phoebe Rogers
Betesda Student Center (BR-111) in Fortaleza responded to their community's need by introducing a new curriculum called "Families against Violence."