2024 Project Story: Brazil Recife

In 2023, Brazil continues to grapple with a concerning education situation, with four out of ten children dropping out of school. These children, primarily from low-income households, often leave their education behind to enter the workforce and support their families. As a result, a recent study has shown that 18 percent of Brazilians are functionally illiterate, meaning they can read words and write numbers but struggle to understand full sentences or perform simple math.

Recife, while poised to be one of the richest cities in the world, also faces significant poverty challenges within its borders. Between 2019 and 2021, the poverty level in Recife increased, and a leading cause of this is the lack of access to education, which is crucial for obtaining better jobs and opportunities to rise out of poverty.

Families within this community face difficulties in finding job opportunities, securing adequate shelter, and gaining the skills needed to access jobs that can lift them out of poverty. In response to these pressing issues, HXP Builders are serving the community in a suburb of Recife, Brazil by constructing a community center to offer classes and help to those in need.

Sources: World Bank, UNICEF