ActionAid started work in Brazil in 1999 and is now working with over 300,000 people in urban and rural areas. We work to ensure that poor people have their right to food and education, and for trade justice. We work to bring about equality. 

Brazil is one of the world’s largest economies – but income distribution is far from equitable. 54 million Brazilians live below the poverty line. Less than three per cent of the population controls two thirds of the land available for producing crops in Brazil, yet 60 per cent of farm land remains idle and 4.8 million rural families are landless.

Brazil is one of the few countries in the developing world where HIV prevalence is decreasing, due to their model AIDS programme. It is controversial, however, since it involves bypassing the big drugs firms to produce generic copycat AIDS medicines.

Child sponsorship in Brazil

BrazilElza da Cruz de Souza (10 years old, pictured right) enjoys reading messages from her UK sponsor. Many children like Elza live below the poverty line. Their families earn less than 64p a day. By sponsoring a child you'll be helping with important child nutrition programmes and vaccination campaigns, as well as school improvements and community centres.

Child sponsorship helps entire communities to develop social mobilisation by including young children in activities like capoeira, soccer, dance, karate and digital studies. This approach also attracts the interest of their families to engage in collective activity and increases the awareness of young people in citizen participation.

Equality and development in Brazil

In the urban slum areas of Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, we are helping to empower local community organisations. In the rural northeast, we support projects that strengthen the livelihoods of family farmers.

ActionAid works with the landless movement, Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra (MST), to advocate for peasants' rights and to press for land reform. We have helped create a national coalition representing over four million agricultural workers.

We focus on networking, awareness of citizens' rights, strengthening family relationships and solidarity to help Brazillian communities bring themselves out of poverty.

How you can help

When you sponsor a child in Brazil, you'll be providing the resources for real, long-term change. You'll get two letters a year from the child you sponsor, and updates from the country programme to tell you how the money you are spending is changing the community your child lives in.