Brazil

Brazil
Brazil
Brazil
An image of Brazil Where Brazil is in the world.

Brazil has the biggest population in South America. It’s well known for the Amazon Rainforest and the Amazon River that weaves throughout the jungle, stretching for 4,250 miles, making it the longest river on earth.

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Brasília

Compassion has been working with children in Brazil for over 25 years.

Portuguese

Basic Portuguese:

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Olá
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Obrigado (male) Obrigada (female)
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Adeus

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Anaconda

Although 'anaconda' applies to a group of snakes, it is often used to refer to one species in particular, the commor or green anaconda, which is one of the largest snakes in the world.

Many people move to cities in Brazil to find work and end up living in slums called favelas. They are extremely poor neighbourhoods and people living there are often vulnerable to land disputes, dangerous gangs and natural disasters.

Living conditions

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201 million

There are over 36,500 Compassion children in Brazil.

It has many resources including a large oil supply making it a rich country but there are still many people living in deep poverty.

Over a third of the population live in slums called favelas with no secure shelter, safe drinking water supply or toilets.

Over half of Brazil’s population is under the age of 18 and there are millions of homeless children living on the streets of the cities. These children are vulnerable and often end up in gangs.

Take a look inside Antoniel’s home.

Take a look inside Antoniel’s home.

Antoniel lives in Tirol, northeast Brazil, in a tiny two-room home with his four siblings, mum, stepfather, his mum’s friend and her two children.

He lives on a very narrow street where there are small houses in an alley where many families share the same bathroom. The homes don’t have running water.

His brick home has no kitchen or bathroom, so the family has a make-shift kitchen in Antoniel’s bedroom. In the second room there are three hammocks and a single bed. Antoniel and his siblings sleep in the hammocks, and the mother’s friend and her children sleep on an old foam mattress.

His mother works as a waitress and stepfather as a metalworker.

Pray that God would protect the homeless children living on the streets.

Pray that the Brazilian children sponsored through Compassion would grow and learn through their projects, and change their communities for good from what they have learned.

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Real

The real was introduced in 1994 when it replaced the old currency, the cruzeiro.

There are 178 Compassion projects in Brazil.

How can you encourage your sponsored child?

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Why not write to them and mention some of the facts you've found here. Ask them questions about what it's like to live in Brazil.

Many people eat street food in Brazil. Little stalls are set up along roads and people buy snacks as they go about their day. Why not try making Acarajé, a popular street food that are black-eyed pea fritters.

Recipe: Black-Eyed Pea Fritters

Black-Eyed Pea Fritters Ingredients (adult help needed)
  • 2 cans of black-eyed peas
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 onion
  • 1 small chilli
  • 1-2 tablespoons of flour
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Palm oil or vegetable oil for frying
  1. Thoroughly drain the black-eyed peas and put them in the food processor. Roughly chop the onion and garlic, and add it to the peas.
  2. Remove the seeds and white parts from the inside of the chilli and add to the processor.
  3. Process the mixture until very well-blended, adding a tablespoon or two of water or broth if needed.
  4. Add flour by the tablespoon, until the mixture is stiff enough to hold a shape. Divide into 15 pieces, and shape into balls or ovals with the palms of your hand.
  5. Heat five centimetres of oil in a pot on medium high heat. Fry several fritters at a time until browned on all sides. Drain fritters on a plate lined with paper towels.

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Brazil is the largest country in South America and the fifth largest country in the world in both area and population.

What is a snake's favourite subject?

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Hiss-tory!

Information sources: The CIA World Fact Book 2011, Compassion International, Human Development Report, BBC, Wikipedia