Behind the Headlines: CAFOD’s work in Brazil

Thank you to everyone who last month came to hear about CAFOD’s work helping people in need in Brazil.

Bishop John Arnold (centre) joins with CAFOD supporters in solidarity with the people of Brazil.

Bishop John Arnold (centre) joins with CAFOD supporters in solidarity with the people of Brazil.

On Wednesday, 23 October, CAFOD supporters came together at the CAFOD head office in Romero House, Lambeth, to hear about the work CAFOD and its partners are doing to help support people living in poverty in Brazil. Speakers at the event included Clare Dixon, head of CAFOD’s Latin Amercia team, and Bishop John Arnold, who recently visited the country.

The supporters heard about CAFOD’s work in São Paulo, where almost a third of residents struggle to survive, despite the fact that the city is, on average, the wealthiest in Brazil. CAFOD and its partners are seeking to address this imbalance and help close the gap between the rich and the poor by helping low-income families with the challenges they face. They do this by working to provide decent housing, job opportunities and education to families living in favelas. They also they also work to support women to become leaders in community and public decision-making, and to challenge the exclusion, violence and discrimination faced by women.

Thanks again to everyone who came to the talk, and to everyone who has helped support CAFOD’s work in Brazil. You can find out more about CAFOD’s work in the country by checking out the Connect2 Brazil blog.

Becoming a Connect2 parish is an opportunity to live in solidarity with a community in the developing world. When your parish joins, you’ll hear directly from people in developing countries who are working hard, often against the odds, to improve their lives. This is their chance to tell you themselves, in their own words, about how your support is changing their lives. To find out more about becoming a Connect2 parish, visit cafod.org.uk/connect2.

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