Zakat Foundation in Brazil
The paradox of Brazil is that the country has the strongest economy in all of South America, but is also the home to widespread, crippling poverty. Approximately 42 million of Brazil’s roughly 200 million people live impoverished lives.
Brazil has the single largest rate of rural poverty in South America. Poor health status and high infant mortality are related to levels of poverty because of the lack of access to appropriate medical care, clean water, and basic sanitation facilities.
Serious social injustices and income inequality mean that indigenous people and Brazilians of African descent remain the poorest and most disadvantaged population groups in the country. In the thousands of slums (favelas) that populate Brazil, whole communities live trapped in poverty, in fear of violent crime, and excluded from a broad range of social services.
In Brazil, Zakat Foundation of America has developed cultural and educational opportunities for communities in Sao Paolo,
Sources: UN Stats | World Bank | Pew Research Center