Located in Fortaleza, on the northeast coast of Brazil, Channel to Brazil for Christ serves families living in slum communities. As the 5th largest city in Brazil, Fortaleza is home to 2.5 million people with a high population density of 22,000 people per square mile.
Half of these people live in extreme poverty:
- Poor sanitation – No sewers or drains resulting in the spread of disease and flooding in the rainy season
- Lack of clean water and food
- Poor healthcare and education
- High levels of gang violence and control
- High unemployment
- Lack of open safe places to play
- Frequent family breakdowns – high levels of physical, sexual, and emotional abuse
These conditions weigh on children resulting in anxiety, depression, and other mental health challenges. Children growing up in the slums live in a state of immense fear with little to no hope.
In Brazil, the public school system only offers 4 hours of schooling per day. Education gradually becomes less of a priority as schools are unreliable, overcrowded, and uninspiring. Over 50% of students drop out by the time they are 11 years old. It is into these conditions that Channel to Brazil for Christ offers faith, hope and opportunity.
Our goal is to support Fortaleza children by providing the education and opportunities they need to create hope for their future.
We work with children on a daily basis, filling up the school day by providing an extra 4 hours of education to help them succeed, stay off the streets, and stay in school. We have students in the morning who go to public school in the afternoon and vice-versa.
Our local staff in Brazil is a team of Christians with experience and knowledge in their field. Checkout our Dreambuilders page to see the services and opportunities we provide!
Not only do we reach the children, but we provide counseling for parents, food parcels, evangelical outreach, bible studies, and special events throughout the year.
There is much more that we are ready to do to expand our services when the resources become available. Our goal is to increase the student and staff numbers and expand our current facility so that we can help 500 children everyday. Our waiting lists are full and we need your help to reach these children!