You may have seen the sad news of the heavy flooding in Rio de Janeiro. Indeed conditions are dire, the number of casualties is still rising, hundreds have lost their homes along with all their possessions and many of areas impacted are still unreachable.

Our partner organization Instituto da Criança (Children’s Institute) is working on the ground in affected areas to alleviate the immediate impact of this tragedy. And they need your help. Instituto da Criança (IC) is well positioned to deliver aid to the victims in Rio de Janeiro, as one of its core sponsored programs – Recicla Vida – is located in one of the most severely affected communities, Itaipava. The IC’s own headquarters in Rio are serving as a drop-off location for in-kind donations.


IC’s founder Pedro Werneck reports from Rio:“We are mobilizing corporate and individual supporters to enable us to acquire a variety of vital supplies such as food, cleaning and personal hygiene products, refrigerators, stoves, clothing, mattresses – any useful items.”

Monetary commitments from the United States will be immediately applied toward the acqusition and delivery of emergency supplies; over the longer term, the facilities of Recicla Vida will need to be almost completely rebuilt – an apt metaphor for the lives of so many survivors in the region.

Please consider making a contribution online for the benefit of IC under the auspices of the BrazilFoundation at:


For more information, please call BrazilFoundation at 212-244-3663.


The Children’s Institute or “IC” is an NGO founded in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1994 dedicated to promoting social change and sustainable development through social entrepreneurship for the benefit of under-served children and their families.

BrazilFoundation is also accepting donations on behalf of Viva Rio, one of the most active and respected non-profit organizations in Rio de Janeiro.

Viva Rio’s S.O.S. Região Serrana fund is accepting donations to be sent to Nova Friburgo, Teresópolis and Petrópolis, the most affected areas. Viva Rio has partnered with Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police to organize the delivery of in-kind donations to the area. They have set up three emergency centers in the Region, have delivered over 200 tons of donations, and at least 100 more tons are on the way.


To make a donation on behalf of Viva Rio, please click here.


Please designate your donation to: “Viva Rio- RJ Flood Relief”

BrazilFoundation is a non-profit organization under Section 501(c)3 of the United States Tax Code, EIN 13 4131482, and an OSCIP (Public Interest Civil Society Organization) under Brazilian Law nº 9.790/1999, CNPJ 048395720001-10. Contributions to BrazilFoundation are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law in the United States and in Brazil.