Hunger returned to the favelas
By Edwin Roodenburg, founder Estrela da Favela
Actually, this newsletter was to tell you that Estrela is doing well, that we are about to start a second school and that we have even been asked to take over a nursery! But unfortunately, we have to discuss completely different matters. A Dutch news paper already stated last week: a disaster of unprecedented magnitude is about to reach the favelas of Brazil.
Experts expect the coronavirus to cause many deaths in the favelas. A number of restrictive measures have been introduced in Rio de Janeiro. One of the undesirable consequences is that housekeepers and other ‘favelados’ who worked in the rich neighborhoods con no longer work and therefore have no income anymore. The informal street shops many people make a living off are also shut down, because no one is on the street anymore.
As a result, there is simply no more money to buy food or even soap to wash hands. Especially food is suddenly a big problem and we are regularly called by desperate mothers. Therefore, we started providing ‘cestas básicas’, packages with basic food and hygiene items. They cost 350 Reais, about €60. It can nourish a family with children for two weeks. We would like to continue this important help for our 110 students and their families.
All schools in Rio de Janeiro are now closed and we had to close our doors with a heavy heart. Currently we organize classes for the children at home as best we can.
Our first priority now is to help the students and their families through this crisis in good health and without hunger. I am afraid it will take a while before the situation will return to normal.
I would like to urge you to help us with a monthly contribution in order to alleviate the emergency and ensure the survival of Estrela.
Many thanks for your help. I wish everyone a healthy and safe time, for the upcoming, difficult months.
Founder of Estrela da Favela
06 – 524 311 48