Capital City: Brasília
Population: 204.26 million
Life expectancy: male 69.99 years, female 77.25 years
Population with improved drinking water: urban 100%, rural 87%
Adult literacy rate: male 92.2%, female 92.9%
Infant mortality rate: 18.6/1,000
Under 5 mortality rate: 14/1,000
Religion: Roman Catholic 64.6%, other Catholic 0.4%, Protestant 22.2% (includes Adventist 6.5%, Assembly of God 2.0%, Christian Congregation of Brazil 1.2%, Universal Kingdom of God 1.0%, other Protestant 11.5%), other Christian 0.7%, Spiritist 2.2%, other 1.4%, none 8%, unspecified 0.4% (2010 est.)
Percentage living on less than $1.90 a day: 4.87%
After three centuries of Portuguese rule, Brazil became an independent nation in 1822. By far the largest and most populous country in South America, the military regime, which had governed for decades, peacefully ceded power to a civilian government in 1985. The country continues to grow in industry and agriculture, exploiting its vast natural resources and a large labour pool. Internationally, the country is renowned for winning the Football World Cup five times, it’s vibrant carnival culture and the abundance of life within the country’s rainforest.
More than 60% of the country is covered in rainforest, which the Brazilian government continues to develop for industrial and agricultural use. Whilst Brazil is now South America’s leading economy, exploiting the rainforest comes at a price. Environmental damage is widespread and many indigenous populations are threatened as a result. Alongside that, the country faces inequality as the fruits of its growth are not distributed equally and unemployment continues to rise.
Brazil is the fifth most populous country in the world, with more than 202.6 million people, of which approximately 30% are under 18 years of age. 85% of Brazilians live in urban areas, which have developed haphazardly and are severely under-resourced as a result of their rapid and unplanned growth.
Although child labour is illegal in Brazil, there are approximately three million Brazilian boys and girls, aged 10 to 17 years, who are victims of child labour. For many families, it’s become normal for children to work, so changing the mindset of the nation is a huge challenge.
Compassion's work in Brazil began in 1987. More than 42,400 children are being released from poverty thanks to the care and support of 186 of our Brazilian church partners.
In Brazil, children typically attend their Compassion projects before or after school. During typical project activities, sponsored children will cover topics such as ...
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