Latest update

Compassion’s holistic child development programs are designed to be adapted to suit the local context and needs. In Brazil, the current primary areas of focus for our church partners are:

  • Providing children in poverty with access to healthcare
  • Helping children develop basic literacy and numeracy skills
  • Protecting children from abuse and exploitation
  • Addressing the deeply ingrained issue of social inequality

The majority of our church partnerships in Brazil are found in rural areas and jungle communities in the Amazon where poverty is most severe. Twenty per cent of our Brazilian National Office staff are former participants of our program and are now helping to share God’s love with the next generation.

Watch the latest video update from Brazil below to learn more.

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Country update

How is Compassion currently operating in Brazil?

  • Are Compassion centres open?

    Child development centres in Brazil have now resumed their usual activities.

  • Are children receiving letters?

    Many letters are still delayed in Brazil, which means it may take longer for you to receive letters from your child.

    We encourage you to keep writing to your sponsored child, as your words of hope bring joy, connection and lasting impact in a child's life. Thank you for your ministry!

  • Are gifts being delivered?

    Gifts continue to be distributed in Brazil. Local workers will meet with the child and family to determine the best use of the gift and ensure it meets their greatest need.

How you can pray

Thank you for praying for staff, local churches, children and families in Brazil.

Please join us in praying for the following:

  • Pray for God's provision over Luis' family as they work hard to support his dream of playing in a football club.
  • Pray for peace and safety over schools, as a recent attack has left many parents shaken.
  • Pray that God would protect people from Rocky Mountain spotted fever.
  • Pray for an end to the sexual exploitation of children, particularly young girls in poverty, in Brazil.
  • Pray that God would provide economic stability to the country of Brazil as parents and caregivers seek to provide for their families.
  • Pray for God’s protection for the children and families who are most vulnerable in the upcoming rainy season.
Emergency healthcare in Brazil

Emergency healthcare in Brazil

With Brazil in the peak of the pandemic in mid-May, hospitals prioritised treating patients with suspected COVID-19 or those with extreme emergencies. So when 13-year-old José was complaining of pain in his lower abdomen, he visited a neighbourhood health centre only to be given pain medication and sent home. His condition grew worse from there.   Read more open_in_new


Please note: After periods of closure and reduced capacity during COVID-19 lockdowns, child development centres in Brazil have now reopened to deliver their usual program activities to children and youth living in poverty.

A snapshot of Compassion's Child Sponsorship Program in Brazil

Compassion’s program is contextualised across countries and communities, as well as age groups.

  • Children aged 1 to 3 receive home-based care.
  • Children aged 3 to 5 visit the Compassion centre for four hours a day, two days a week.
  • Children aged 6 to 11 attend the centre for three hours a day, two days a week.
  • Students aged 12 to 18 attend the centre for four hours once a week.

Compassion Program Activities in Brazil

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Compassion assisted children in Brazil typically attend program activities at their local child development centre before or after school. Here is an example of what a typical program day looks like for children in Brazil.

Devotional time - Children are taught to pray.

Spiritual lessons - Children sing songs and learn Bible stories. Compassion Brazil gives age appropriate Bibles to children when they are six, 10 and when they graduate from the Child Sponsorship Program.

Break and snack time - Children can play in a safe environment and develop friendships. A snack often consists of an egg sandwich with tea, fruit shake and crackers, fruit salad, or bread.

Social-emotional lessons - Children learn conflict resolution skills and how to develop healthy self-esteem and a godly character. Children often come from challenging home environments and are taught social and personal skills.

Lunch and social time - Children generally receive a meal such as pasta, rice, vegetables and/or meat.

Health lessons - Children are taught practical health and hygiene tips.

Letter writing and career planning - Older children work with local staff to identify their strengths and interests, setting realistic goals for their future.

In addition to Compassion’s curriculum, children have opportunities to participate in activities such as sports tournaments, camps, dance performances and job fairs, as well as excursions to parks, museums, zoos and local companies. Older students are typically involved in skills workshops such as hairdressing, information technology and office skills.

The greatest needs impacting children living in poverty in Brazil


of rural households lack access to basic sanitation


babies under the age of one die per 1000 births

Brazil is South America's biggest country and the world's fifth largest. Slighter smaller than China and slighter bigger than Australia, it borders every other country in South America except Ecuador and Chile, and makes up 47 per cent of the continent.

The country covers three time zones and is renowned across the world for its vibrant carnival, verdant rainforests and world class football. Brazil is one of the world’s most biodiverse countries, with a total of four million plant and animal species. The nation is also home to countless UNESCO World Heritage Sites and has a rich culture with European and indigenous influences.

Social inequality is a major issue in Brazil and the challenges for children in poverty differ in rural and urban communities. In cities, drug and gang problems are rife. In rural areas, access to adequate health, sanitation and education facilities is limited.

Many indigenous groups, particularly in the Amazon region, lack access to healthcare and other services. They have been hit hard by the twin threats of the COVID-19 pandemic and rampant deforestation, which is often driven by cattle ranchers, illegal mining and drug cartels encroaching on their traditional lands.

Our national staff in Brazil are committed to empowering our local church partners to make sustainable changes in their own communities.

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