Church interventions in Brazil for battle against aids
From the first infection in 1980 the number of aids victims in Brazil has risen to 474,273 people who were HIV positive in 2008. In recent years the number of infections is especially increasing among young people, aged 15 to 24. The number of women from ages 40- 49 who are infected is rising as well. Especially in the northern regions and the north east of the country. Churches are able to play an active part in handling the problem.
Social and cultural activities for young people in Salvador
CESE (Coordinadoria Ecumenica de Servico) was given the assignment (to work)- and was founded- by five churches in Brazil. The organisation mainly supports projects in the northeast and northern part of the country. CESE is focusing on young people and their problems in Salvador at the moment. Its target area is the Subúrbio Ferroviário. ICCO supports CESE financially with the execution of this project.
Combatting HIV/Aids in Brazil
The most recent figures published by the Brazilian Health Ministry show that at the moment 620 thousand people in Brazil are infected with HIV/Aids. Although studies reveal that growth is stabilising, there are regions in the country where the epidemic has not been curbed yet.
Alarming situation in Brazil tackled together
Due to increase in soy production, biofuels and eucalypt a growing number of people in the Baixo Parnaíba region in Brazil stand to lose their land. Forty local organisations united themselves into the Foro em Defesa do Baixo Parnaíba. This network has agreed to cooperate, with a few provincial non-governmental organisations. One of them is ICCO's partner CCM-MA. With ICCO's support they started a programme to draw (inter)national attention to the situation in Baixo Parnaíba, mainly focused on organisations.
Monitoring adherence to international recommendations
Brazilian human rights organisations have acquired quite a bit of experience and are thus able to monitor the human rights situation in their country. That results in shadow reports which are sent to several UN institutes. They make recommendations to the Brazilian state. Social organisations have trouble monitoring whether these recommendations are adhered to. GAJOP is an organisation which united a number of human rights organisations in order to come to a joint analysis and strategy. That occurs with ICCO's support.
Sustainability and solidarity in rural areas in Brazil
DESER (Departamento de Estudos Sócio-Economicos Rurais) is connected to rural unions. It is a research institute for social and economic development in rural areas. DESER contributes to developing and beginning research projects for rural areas. Sustainability and solidarity are its focal points.
Training and education for Brazilian youngsters
The organisation OELA (Oficina de Escola de Lutheira de Amazônia) enhances professional training for young people in Brazil. Through vocational training they are able to work on a future within the Brazilian slums. OELA combines schooling youngsters with internet access for the entire neighbourhood. The organisation also assists forest communities with sustainable forestry management, procession of forest produce and to form a connection with the local market.
Proactive approach to poverty alleviation in Latin America
Umbrella organisation Forum Empresa wants to challenge companies in Latin America to employ a proactive method when it comes to alleviating poverty. The organisation wants to stimulate entrepreneurship among the poor. Forum Empresa cooperates with partner organisation Avina and ICCO. The Brazilian partner organisation Ethos, which is a member of Forum Empresa executes their work.
Impact bio-fuel on savannas mapped out
Brazil is the world's biggest exporter of bio-fuel and ethanol. This results in a fast growth in sugar cane production in the Brazilian forest savannas (cerrado). The Rede Social de Justica e Direitos Humanos wants to research and document the impact caused by the expansion of sugarcane in the cerrado. The Rede Social is an active member of ICCO's programme coalition in Brazil.
Improved starting point for corporations who just started out in Brazil
ICCO finances the incubator programme of the organisation Unitrabalho. That is a cooperation between unions and Brazilian universities. Their goal is to solve issues involving labour together. At present over eighty Brazilian universities are part of it. Through a specific project Unitrabalho focuses on the informal sector.
More elbow room for cooperation between a multitude of sectors
The work group Responsible Entrepreneurship and Alleviation of Poverty was set up in 2003 as a cooperation between a multitude of sectors. In it several organisations connect the theme of Responsible Entrepreneurship to alleviating poverty in a very clear manner. Apart from ICCO, the organisations Avina, Unitrabalho, Cut, Fundacao Banco do Brasil and Ethos are also involved. ICCO wants to create more elbow room for the work groups by jointly financing a new secretariat.
Corporation of small scale farmers in Brazil
The non-governmental organisation As-pta focuses on the rural population in Brazil. They have set up rural syndicates, STRs (Sindicatos Rurais de Trabalhadores). As-pta supports them from their main office in Rio de Janeiro and an office in the Paraiba state in the north east of the country. ICCO finances their programme which is aimed on sustainable agricultural development.
Certificate for small scale forest- and agricultural producers in Brazil
Certified forest produce and agricultural products contain proof that these products have been produced in a sustainable manner. The consumer is able to discern which products are suitable and the producer is able to demand a good price for his product. Non-governmental organisation Imaflora is the only organisation which certifies products in Brazil. They certify products coming from both small scale and large scale farmers, timber companies and forest communities if they are produced in a sustainable manner.
Platform for discussion and cooperation in Brazil
In 1996 seven European ecumenical donors and approximately 180 partners set up PAD in Brazil: Platform for Discussion and Cooperation. ICCO is involved in it as one of its European participants. PAD unites different social parties within one network. That happens on a number of communal issues. The platform has proven to be of use through time to all of the parties involved. They are now working on a three year plan, taking up 2008-2010.
Professional expansion for Brazilian juice factory
Fruta Sa is a juice factory that receives its fruit from poor rural communities and Indians, both from Brazil. ICCO supports Fruts Sa while they request subsidies to adjust the production capacity of the factory.
Strengthening organisations and social security for Brazilian federation
FetrafSul is a federation of small scale Agricultural farmers in the three southern states of Brazil. The federation was set up in 2001 and has grown immensely since then. At the same time a more positive political climate arose in terms of small scale farming (agricultura familiar). It focal points now lie in consolidation of FetrafSul as a well organised and well governed organisation.
Challenges for autonomous, independent farmers corporations
A number of local non-governmental organisations in Brazil support sustainable development and strengthening small scale agriculture. They receive help from social organisations from several countries in Western Europe. The number of corporations set up by and for small scale farmers has increased in recent years. From 2004 onwards they organised themselves into a national, independent and autonomous corporate movement: Unicafes (União de Cooperativas da Agricultura Familiar e Economía Solidária). Unicafes has now got regional departments in eleven states.
Payment system to save the Brazilian forest
ISA is an organisation that developed itself into one of the most prestigious environmental organisations in Brazil. ISA has divided its activities into six programmes. Four of them are mainly focused on legal protection and sustainable socioeconomic development of approximately 200,000 inhabitants of the Amazon. At present a lot of their attention is focused on deforestation.
Battling armed violence in Brazil
Violence with use of weapons is a daily occurrence in many Latin American cities. Rio de Janeiro is an extreme example in this regard. The organisation Viva Rio battles the sales and possession of guns on a national and international level.
Safe situation for youngsters in Brazilian slums
The number of victims of lethal violence in Brazil is increasing dramatically. That is due to deteriorating living conditions in its poor neighbourhoods. Aggressive security policies on the governments' account and increase of gangs in slums also play a part in it. The organisation Observatorio de Favelas (ODF) wants to accomplish a decline in mortality rates among youngsters in slums. ODF is one of ICCO's important partners when it comes to children, youngsters and safety in Brazil.
More attention for abuse in Brazilian juvenile detention centres
The number of minors and youngsters which are killed due to violence is alarming and it is increasing. Possession of guns is one of its main causes. Other causes are (drug) crime and harsh police action. Political responses are all about tougher sentencing, repression, searching houses and gun fights. Which often affect innocent victims. Youngsters end up in detention centres in which they encounter poor circumstances. ANCED wants to address these problems.
PhD research Brazilian clergyman is supported
Kleber Machado is the clergyman of the Igrejas Evangélicak Reformadas in Castrolanda, Brasil. It is originally an sister church to the Dutch Protestant Church (PKN). Kerk in Actie finances his PhD research.
Attention for ethnical and environmental issues in the Amazon
ISA has been striving to improve the rights of the most marginalised people in Brazil, the Quilombolos, since 1994. These impoverished, indigenous colonists settled in the most remote areas of the Amazon in the eighteenth century. ICCO has been assisting ISA for a long time. ISA has become more specific in terms of their activities, focusing more on fundraising and lobby.
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