Brazil

Brazil is the largest country in South America and is best known for its contrasts. Along with the splendor of the well-known Carnival of Rio lie the "favelas" (shanty towns). The country has been plagued by political corruption and has had to comply with economic measures prescribed by the international economic system. This has meant reductions in the already scarce services for the poor, such as schools, health care, and jobs. Brazil has the largest black population outside of Africa. Pray for: The health educators' program in Brazil initiated by Barbara de Souza. It is now in transition to be entirely in the hands of Brazilian women, former students of the program. Visit their website at www.aecsprojetobrasil.com.br The children of the day care center "Gente Nova" in Alto da Bondade, Recife, as it provides care for children at risk. Mission Personnel Barbara deSouza Long Term Volunteer, Barbara deSouza is Health Educator/Women's Projects Partners Igreja Presbiteriana Unida do Brasil Asociacion de Igrejas Metodistas do Brasil Igreja Evangelica Congregacional do Brasil ISER - Instituto de Estudos da Religiao Centro Evangelico Latinoamericano de Estudios Pastorales (CELEP) CEHILA-Comision de Estudios de la Iglesia en America Latina Association of Community Health Educators, AECS, Rio de Janeiro

Brazil is located in Eastern South America, bordering the Atlantic Ocean.

Brazil is the largest country in South America and is best known for its contrasts. Along with the splendor of the well-known Carnival of Rio lie the "favelas" (shanty towns). The country has been plagued by political corruption and has had to comply with economic measures prescribed by the international economic system. This has meant reductions in the already scarce services for the poor, such as schools, health care, and jobs. Brazil has the largest black population outside of Africa.

Pray for: The health educators' program in Brazil initiated by Barbara de Souza. It is now in transition to be entirely in the hands of Brazilian women, former students of the program.  Visit their website at www.aecsprojetobrasil.com.br

The children of the day care center "Gente Nova" in Alto da Bondade, Recife, as it provides care for children at risk.

Population (2014 est) – 43,024,374

Area – 1,727,000mi

Capital – Buenos Aires

Ethnic Background

     White – 97%

     Mestizo – 3%

Exports - soybeans and derivatives, petroleum and gas, vehicles, corn, wheat

Imports - machinery, motor vehicles, petroleum and natural gas, organic chemicals, plastics

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 74 years      F 81 years

Infant Mortality (2014 est) - 9.96 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 2.1%


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