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Fundação Terra (Terra Foundation) is a Brazilian non-governmental organization created to help people who live in a place called “Rua do Lixo” (Trash Street), in the city of Arcoverde, in the state of Pernambuco. This community is made up of waste pickers, gravel breakers, handymen, migrants, etc.

TRANSFORMING THE COMMUNITY'S IMAGE AND SELF-ESTEEM

Among the actions developed by the foundation, are Pax Christi, where in addition to traditional teachings, individuals learn a practical profession, such as sewing, computing, naval welding, etc.

 

The school has a community Woodworking workshop, which is part of the vocational school, producing cheap furniture of daily necessity - tables, chairs and cabinets - for the community. In the rooms of Pax Christi Schola, the teaching method used is that of Paulo Freire, developing a stronger self-awareness work.

 

At the Mater Christi Center, pregnant mothers receive prenatal care, receive food and participate in lectures on hygiene and preventive health. Care continues after delivery, during breastfeeding and until the child's first year of life. The center also maintains a daycare center.

 

The Domus Christi project houses 21 elderly people, from 68 to 101 years old, all abandoned by their families. Each has a small house, with bedroom and bathroom, in addition to medical and dental assistance.

Fundação Terra also built a community kitchen, which provides 645 meals a day for children, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers. In addition, 500 registered families receive basic food baskets twice a month.

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Doctors without Borders (MSF) is an international humanitarian organization that brings health care to people affected by serious humanitarian crises. It is also MSF's mission to draw attention to the difficulties faced by patients treated in their projects.

MEDICAL PRACTICE ABOVE ALL

The work of Doctors without Borders is, above all, medical. The organization provides assistance and preventive care to those in need, regardless of the country in which they are located.

 

In situations in which medical action is not sufficient to guarantee the survival of a certain population - as is the case of extreme urgency -, the organization can provide water, food, sanitation and shelters. This type of action takes place primarily in periods of crisis, when the previous balance of a situation is disrupted and people's lives are threatened.

 

MSF's action respects the rules of medical ethics, in particular, the duty to offer assistance without harming any individual or group and impartiality, guaranteeing the right to confidentiality. No one can be punished for exercising a medical activity in accordance with the professional code of ethics, regardless of the circumstances or who the beneficiaries are.