Projects in Brazil

Projects in Brazil

What our youth initiatives in Brazil have in common is that they all aim for structural and sustainable change. In urban areas, we support young people who are committed to combating violence. In rural areas, we support youth groups that use environmental protection measures and ecological farming to create prospects for a sustainable life in the countryside.

Future prospects thanks to organic farming

Many young people in the northeast of Brazil do not see any possibility to build up an existence in their home region in the countryside. They migrate in droves to the big cities or seek work as harvest workers on large plantations, where they are often exploited. Our partner organisation Centro Sabia supports them in developing future prospects in the countryside. A sustainable basis is provided by the ecological farming method Agroforestry.

Young people in the countryside opt for organic farming methods

In Brazil, young people from small farming families see no prospects in the countryside and leave it in droves. Meanwhile, politicians are focusing on agribusiness - with fatal ecological and social consequences. Our partner organisation Agricultura Familiar e Agroecologia (ASPTA) teaches agro-ecological methods to young people from small farming families in the state of Paraíba and strengthens their identity.

Black youth and political participation

In Salvador da Bahia in northeastern Brazil, black youth are exposed to severe discrimination and massive violence. State measures to prevent violence often fall short or contradict the extreme police violence. In the state of Bahia, the murder rate of 47 murders per hundred thousand inhabitants is almost 47 times higher than the European average. Young, black men are particularly often affected; they have a much higher risk of being murdered than white men. That is why we offer young people further training in communication and encourage them to stand up for their rights in the Subúrbio slum.

Ways out of the spiral of violence

One family shows the photo of their killed daughter and sister.
In Brazil, murder is the most common cause of death among young people. Around 600 young people are murdered every year in the city of Recife. Our partner organization Grupo Comunidade Assumindo Suas Crianças (GCASC) offers psychosocial support to mothers whose sons have been murdered. Their fates serve as a basis for sensitisation work with young people in the neighbourhood to create a culture of peace.

Basic information

Simplified map of Brazil

Size: 8.5 million km² (206 times Switzerland)

Population: 207.8 million (24 times Switzerland)

Human Development Index: 0,754 (rank 79 of 185 countries)

Distribution of income in %: 82.9 (0 = equal distribution / 100% = one person has everything)

Proportion of population aged 0 to 24 years: 40.3% (Switzerland: 26.5%)

Homicide rate: 24.6 per 100 000 inhabitants (Switzerland: 0.6)

Focus of work: Prevention of violence

Programme Coordination

Fabiana Kuriki
Program coordination Brazil and M + E
061 335 91 53 | fabiana.kuriki(at)terredeshommes.ch
Fabiana KurikiProgram coordination Brazil and M + E

061 335 91 53 | fabiana.kuriki(at)terredeshommes.ch

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