With the growing and alarming infection rates from the novel coronavirus, the world today is facing one of the largest pandemics in recent history. Covid-19, the first case of which was recorded in Brazil in February, has already caused hundreds of deaths in the country and it appears far from being under control.
As the disease spreads across the country, concerns rise over the possible impacts of the pandemic on the most socially vulnerable populations.
Discover below some initiatives that you can support without leaving home:
With the intention of buying food, medicine and hygiene materials for villages across the country, APIB (Coalition of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil) has organized a crowdfunding campaign at the link APIB – Support indigenous peoples.
Urban outskirts (São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro)
The organization Redes da Maré is running a campaign to raise funds to help the residents of the 16 communities that make up the Maré slum complex, in Rio de Janeiro. You can make a donation by clicking here.
The movements Uneafro Brasil, Rede UBUNTU, MSTC, AMPARAR, Herdeiros Humanísticos, Batalha do Paraisópolis and Comunidade Evangélica Voz que Prega no Deserto, from the Heliópolis favela in São Paulo, have joined forces to provide assistance to the communities where they work. The project to give immediate support to black and poor families from the urban outskirts has completed its first stage of raising R$50,000 and the money is being used to buy food and hygiene kits for 241 families, and they are still receiving donations.
UNAS serves almost five thousand children and teenagers from Heliópolis (SP) daily, who receive daily care and basic food in their social projects. Every R $ 150.00 through the Benfeitoria website you donate a basic basket + hygiene and cleaning kit to a family in Heliópolis.
In Bahia, civil society organizations launched a campaign to address the impacts of covid-19 and support vulnerable families. The campaign is expected to serve around 5,000 families in Salvador, the Metropolitan Region and other municipalities in Bahia.
Asylum and migration (São Paulo)
The organization Missão Paz is asking for donations for the “Casa do Migrante” (Migrant Center), which provides shelter for approximately 80 people of different nationalities and different situations of social vulnerability. The center needs funds to buy personal hygiene and cleaning items. You can access the campaign here.
Homeless population (São Paulo)
Father Júlio Lancellotti, coordinator of the Catholic Church’s Homeless Pastoral program, has been working during the novel coronavirus pandemic to offer shelter to homeless people with suspected cases of the virus. The priest has set up a petition to pressure the São Paulo municipal government to provide hygiene materials to the homeless population, but he is also receiving donations into the bank account of the Mitra Archdioceses of São Paulo (CNPJ: 63.089.825.0001/44) – Banco Bradesco: Branch 0124 / Checking Account 0053148-0.