2023 Project Story: Brazil Recife

Currently, four out of ten kids in Brazil drop out of school. Most of these children come from low income households and drop out to enter the workforce to help support their families. As a result, a recent study showed that 18 percent of Brazilians are functionally illiterate, meaning they can read words and write numbers but can’t understand full sentences or do simple math. 

Recife is set to be one of the richest cities in the world, and yet it also has some of the highest levels of poverty in Brazil. Between 2019 and 2021 the poverty level increased in Recife. The leading cause of this is lack of access to education that allows for better jobs and an opportunity to rise out of poverty. 

This year HumanitarianXP Builders will be serving the community of a suburb of Recife, Brazil. Families within this community struggle to find job opportunities, adequate shelter, and the skills needed to acquire jobs that will lift them out of poverty. Access to education for both young students and older generations will give community members the opportunity to change their lives for the better.