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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

  • Indigenous speaking out against human rights abuses

Indigenous speaking out against human rights abuses

  • 24 April 2017
During meetings at the UN in New York 22 April to 1 May, community leaders supported by the Pan-Amazon Ecclesial network (REPAM) will raise the plight of their people. Caritas is a member of REPAM.
  • A human rights school in Amazonia

A human rights school in Amazonia

  • 4 May 2016
The Pan-Amazonian Ecclesial Network (REPAM) aims to create a training programme for community leaders and pastoral workers in the Amazon region, who have an extensive track record in protection and may thus respond to the challenges highlighted by the Pope.


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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