Brazil

Brazil flag

Olá / Hello from Brazil

Language: Portuguese

Brazil is known for its stunning natural resources and vibrant, hardworking population. It is also a country whose most impoverished people are largely uneducated. Child trafficking is a growing problem. But at the Compassion center, there is hope.

Brazil Stats

POPULATION: 212,392,717
64.6% Roman Catholic
22.2% Protestant
9.4% Other or No Religion

57,295
CHILDREN SERVED

199
CHURCHES SERVING

44
YEARS SERVING BRAZIL

A group of children smile and cheer while holding Brazilian flags

A group of children smile and cheer while holding Brazilian flags.

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A boy smiles while playing with bubbles

A boy smiles while playing with bubbles.

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Children play at the wall at their child development center

Children play at the wall at their child development center.

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A teenage boy teaches from his Bible at soccer practice

A teenage boy teaches from his Bible at soccer practice.

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A group of students practice karate

A group of students practice karate.

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A young boy smiles at a goat sitting on his shoulders

A young boy smiles at a goat sitting on his shoulders.

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A group of girls hold musical instruments at their child development center

A group of girls hold musical instruments at their child development center.

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A girl who received help to fight scoliosis stands in the street with her mother and sister

A girl who received help to fight scoliosis stands in the street with her mother and sister.

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COMPASSION IN BRAZIL

When do children visit the Compassion center?

  • Children ages 5 and under go to the center for 4 hours a day, twice a week.
  • Children ages 6 to 11 attend 3 hours a day, twice a week.
  • Students ages 12 and older attend once weekly for 4 hours.

PREVENTING CHILD EXPLOITATION IN BRAZIL

Issue: Brazil’s booming economy brought the 2016 Summer Olympics and 2014 soccer World Cup to this country — along with a significant increase in child abductions.

Response: Compassion-assisted children spend at least 220 hours per year at their child development centers, where they are cared for by staff members who have been specially trained in child protection and children’s rights.

Prayer Point: Pray for the thousands of children in Brazil who live in dangerous favelas (slums) and are at risk of exploitation and abuse.

Two brothers sitting next to each other outside their child development center

Children feel safe and cared for at Compassion child development centers.

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Visit the Compassion blog to learn more about our work in Brazil.

Did You Know?

Brazil is the fifth-largest country in the world! The only countries bigger than Brazil are Russia, Canada, the United States of America and China.

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Life in Brazil

Brazil Fast Facts

Official Name: Federal Republic of Brazil

Form of Government: Federal presidential republic

Capital: Brasilia

Population: 212,392,717

Official Language: Portuguese

Currency: Brazilian real

Area: 3,286,470 square miles (8,511,965 square kilometers)

You can see through these Brazil facts that Brazil is a beautiful country with beautiful people. The people of Brazil are made up of various groups — Portuguese, Africans, Europeans, Middle Eastern, Asians, and indigenous peoples. These various people groups have freedom of religion, though most choose Catholicism. Evangelicals are also increasing in numbers throughout Brazil. One of the biggest cultural experiences is the love of soccer and many kids grow up with the dream of playing professionally.

Compassion has been working in Brazil since 1975. These Brazil facts and statistics provide a good picture of the reality of poverty and how child sponsorship through Compassion is making a difference.

Poverty is a problem in the country of Brazil but with your support, Compassion is working to change this. The Brazil facts tell a difficult story, but Compassion is bringing hope in the midst of the difficulties. Our programs are changing the statistics one child at a time.

Don’t let the hopelessness of poverty discourage you. You can make a difference to a child in Brazil today! When you sponsor a child in need, your sponsorship meets physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of a child living in poverty in Brazil. Your sponsored child will receive urgent medical care, food, clean water, educational opportunities, a Bible, life-skills training, and an opportunity to hear about Jesus.

All of these essential items are provided within the ministry of a local church that is already present in the child’s community in Brazil. You are helping nurture your sponsored child and connect that child to a local church. With your help, we’re hoping it won’t be long before poverty isn’t even included in information about Brazil!