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.


  • Gardería in Phosphate, Pernambuco. 60 children from 1 to 5 years old are attended to, in an integral period. They are offered comprehensive care in nutrition, socialization, human relations, values, motor activities, games, play activities, birthday celebrations, cultural and liturgical. An integrated work is done with the mothers and fathers (the majority are children of single mothers), to give them training in the accompaniment and education of their children.  Coexistence and human rights.  A lot of work is done on the issue of domestic violence and violence against women, since the rate of violence in the neighbourhood where the nursery is located is very high.


  • Rural community in the district of Massaroca, Juazeiro, state of Bahia. Work is being carried out to accompany 30 communities scattered throughout the area of the Pastoral de Carnaíba do Sertão.  The work has been carried out in close contact with and knowledge of the reality of each of the communities and families, focusing mainly on the situation of women.  It has been discovered that there is a lot of violence against women.  The majority of families are responsible, in every aspect, for the violence against women.  The men have to go out and look for work in the city of Juazeiro and the women are left responsible for the education of their children and the care of the animals and any vegetable gardens they have. Through the emergency aid projects of Covid. 19. it has been possible to get closer to the families and to learn more about the reality and the situations.  The aim is to accompany women in their human, psychological and spiritual development.  Many of them do not know how to read and write.


Phosphate, State of Pernambuco, Massaroca, State of Juazeiro







Local staff


Human Rights
Girls and Women's Empowerment
Livelihood and Economic Justice
Community Strengthening and Participation


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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