Last year Christian Aid West asked local churches to raise £5,000 in support of disadvantaged families in Sao Paulo’s city centre slums.
The Gaspar Garcia project, backed by Christian Aid, is helping tenants use their legal rights to challenge unscrupulous landlords, and to develop recycling projects. It’s all part of the regeneration efforts ahead of the World Cup in Brazil next year.
Fundraising events and special collections have all helped to meet the total. And Christian Aid has arranged for the European Commission to match fund, bringing the total gift from the churches in the West of England up to £20,000.
Bishop Lee Rayfield, Bishop of Swindon said: “In the lead up to the World Cup and Olympics in Brazil we have been hearing a lot about the difficulties faced by poor communities. It’s great to have played a part in what Christian Aid is doing to help overcome these.”