“Brazil needs to be led by someone that has experienced hunger. Hunger can also be a teacher.”

– Carolina Maria de Jesus

In the midst of the pandemic, hunger returns to the homes of millions of Brazilians. Social inequality and poverty are on the rise as a direct effect of the global Covid-19 crisis.

Due to the high transmission rates of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and it’s variants, the Brazilian government has adopted a policy of strict social isolation, which has triggered the paralysis of the economy.

In Brazil, the number of cases has been rising daily at an alarming rate, leading to the country being recognized as the new epicentre of the pandemic.

At the beginning of April, Brazil saw 4000 deaths within 24 hours and so restrictive protocols, such as lockdowns, were put into place.

While these measures are indispensable in the fight to keep public health infrastructures from collapse, they directly compromise the people’s ability to earn, leaving 27 million Brazilians closer to the poverty line.

Without efficient public policies from the government, the impact of the crisis has been particularly hard for people who already live in vulnerable economic and social situations. In particular, for people who rely on informal labour for their income, for example, those who sell food and goods for domestic use.

Capoeira Against Hunger in Brazil is an initiative that grew out of the cooperation between five Capoeira organizations and groups in Brazil and further afield, who are engaged with fighting the hunger that has become the daily struggle for many communities in Brazil.

Each group hopes to distribute 200 food baskets to the families in the communities we serve. They are:

· Itinga (Salvador/BA)
· Loteamento Paraguaçu (Mar Grande/BA)
· Morro da Babilônia (Rio de Janeiro)
· Comunidade Santa Inês, (zona leste de São Paulo)

In total, we hope to reach 4,800 people, as estimate there are up to six members in each of the families we’ll be supporting.

Our Campaign for Donations

We are counting on donations via the platform that can be accessed here . Depending on the country of origin, donations can be made starting from R$10, $10, £10 or 10€ .

We have until June 30, 2021 to reach our target of $20,000.

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