AMERICA/BRAZIL - "Tempo de Cuidar": aid campaign for the most vulnerable people during the Covid-19 crisis

Monday, 1 June 2020 coronavirus   solidarity   caritas  


Belo Horizonte (Agenzia Fides) - Food packages containing rice, beans, sugar, flour, pasta, milk, eggs, oil and sardines, as well as personal hygiene items such as soap and bleach for cleaning are part of the aid distributed by the Catholic Church through the "Tempo de Cuidar" campaign to the most vulnerable sectors of the Country. The campaign, launched at Easter, was promoted by the Brazilian Bishops' Conference (CNBB) together with Caritas and the support of the Banco do Brasil Foundation which aims to strengthen solidarity in a period severely marked by the coronavirus pandemic like the current one. "It is time to rebuild and open a new path. It is time to live a new experience of solidarity, to collaborate and help the most needy", said the president of the Brazilian Bishops' Conference, Mgr. Walmor Oliveira de Azevedo, Archbishop of Belo Horizonte.
"Today Brazil is the country most affected by the pandemic in the region, with over 400 thousand infections due to Covid 19", reads a note sent to Agenzia Fides, "and national Caritas reacted to the crisis by providing food in just one month and kits for the protection and personal hygiene of 114,000 people.
The campaign was launched in 58 dioceses and affects hundreds of cities. 60% of those who have received aid so far are unemployed and especially single mothers. Many migrants, refugees and homeless people are among the beneficiaries of the project.
Caritas Brazil is working with an extensive solidarity network that includes volunteers, parishes, pastoral workers, communities and social organizations to guarantee assistance to the most vulnerable people. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 1/6/2020)