WHERE WE WORK > BRAZIL
Good Shepherd Sisters in Brazil
The Maria Eufrásia Pelletier Association (Congregation of the Sisters of Our Lady of Charity of the Good Shepherd) is being set up to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life and the prevention of situations of social risk. Its actions are aimed at the promotion and empowerment of women and youth; the prevention and care of persons affected by human trafficking; the care and promotion of children, adolescents and youth; formal education; the social strengthening of communities and peripheral areas; the care and promotion of persons in situations of social and economic vulnerability; the promotion of economic justice projects; institutional strengthening and the promotion of mission and vocations.
Focusing its activities mainly on children, adolescents, women and families, who are in a process of social exclusion and situations that put their physical, psychological and social integrity at risk, guiding their ethical and moral principles to promote social welfare, strengthening family and community bonds, respect for differences, the rise of new leaderships and combating any type of discrimination, thus seeking the construction of a more just and equal society.
Phosphate, State of Pernambuco, Massaroca, State of Juazeiro
AREAS OF INTERVENTION
COUNTRY BACKGROUND / OVERVIEW
Brazil, the fifth largest country in terms of size, reached 221.8 million inhabitants in 2020, according to an estimate by the Brazilian Institute of Geography and Statistics – IBGE. With immense cultural, natural, ethnic, economic and social diversity, it is one of the countries with the greatest disparity in income distribution.
According to information from social indicators, 25.4% of the population live at the poverty line and 1% of the richest hold almost a third of the national income (IBGE, 2018). From this perspective, the issue of social inequality is part of the historical context and the cycle of poverty that is hereditary in the country. Its reflexes are mainly expressed in the restriction of access to education, health, social protection, unequal wages, adequate housing, basic sanitation services (rubbish collection, water supply and sewage) and access to goods and services. The consequences of this are increased poverty, malnutrition, unemployment and violence.
Facts and figures
125,4% of population live at poverty line
1% of the richest hold almost a third of the national income
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