Caritas Brazil

Founded in 1956, Caritas Brazil is an entity of the Brazilian Conference of Bishops (CNBB), and is recognised as a federal non-profit organisation. Caritas Brazil currently has more than 15,000 workers – most of them volunteers – operating in 170 members (diocesan Caritas and similar bodies) throughout the country.

The main programmes are:

Food and nutritional security: advice is given to farming groups and communities on forming healthy eating habits, growing medicinal plants and agro-ecological farms, raising small animals, access to credit and supportive revolving fund management, among other initiatives.

Collection of recyclable materials: in order to enhance the occupation of recycling collection, Caritas Brazil advises informal groups on the formation of cooperatives and associations, and supports organisation of their work.

Living in semi-arid areas: living in semi-arid areas is facilitated via community mobilisation and organisation, technical and political training, implementation of hydrological works (tanks, small reservoirs, well drilling) and agricultural production projects (such as stockbreeding and growing medicinal plants).

Solidarity-based popular economy
: this is a fundamental strategy in the collective organisation of workers in the interests of improving average working conditions among associations, cooperatives and informal groups. It is also a means for combating inequalities in the current system and building another way of producing, consuming and thinking about human relations.

Risk and emergency management: Caritas Brazil promotes national and international solidarity actions in favour of communities that are affected by socio-environmental disasters or located in areas of risk.

Programme for children, adolescents and young people: this programme encourages and supports educational activities with emphasis on the Statute of Rights for Children and Adolescents and other references regarding the defence and protection of these social categories.

Public policies: one of the objectives is to build the capacity of society to intervene in the process of democratising the state, extending social participation and gaining power over and controlling public policies, thereby guaranteeing active citizenship.

Associations: social movements, NGOs, social-pastoral organisations and governmental/public organisations.

Caritas Updates from Brazil

  • Poverty damaging family life and society

Poverty damaging family life and society

  • 26 March 2014

This page is also available in: French, Spanish

Poverty is a “major pastoral emergency” for the Church, say Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga of Caritas Internationalis and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

  • “Go, do not be afraid, and serve”

“Go, do not be afraid, and serve”

  • 28 July 2013

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World Youth Day gave a crash course in companionship to anyone not used to being with others. Last night millions packed on Copacobana beach to take part in an all night vigil. Many of them took their sleeping bags and slept there.

  • The most huggable Pope ever

The most huggable Pope ever

  • 27 July 2013

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The work of Development and Peace and many other Caritas organisations around the world in educating the young about poverty and global inequality lays the groundwork for creating more aware and responsible citizens, who make their decisions with compassion rather than selfishness.


Caritas Brazil Info


Postal Address SGAN Quadra 601
Módulo F – Asa Norte,
70830-010 Brasilia, Brazil
Telephone +55 61 3521-0350
Fax +55 61 3521-0377
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