Location São Paulo, SP
Grantee 2017
Attended areas Education and Culture

Abraço Cultural – Investindo para Integrar

Language School Providing Income and Inclusion for the Refugee Community in Brazil

There are nearly 8,500 refugees in Brazil – 25% of which are in the city of São Paulo. The refugees, coming from Syria, Colombia, Congo, Nigeria, Palestine and Angola encounter challenges which include lack of knowledge of the Portuguese language and barriers to employment. Out of ignorance and prejudice, some companies hesitate to hire refugees, which furthers their difficulties. As a result, many refugees find themselves underemployed or in situations analogous to slavery.

Abraço Cultural offers innovative mechanisms to empower refugees and integrate them into cities through language classes. The classes, which provide the refugees sources of income and opportunities to teach their language and culture, are on average 30% cheaper than typical courses, and are available by scholarship to low-income youth.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Abraço Cultural aims to:

• Consolidate its work methods;
• Expand to 3 more cities;
• Work with 10 professors and 50 students in each city;
• Impact 165 people.


Income generation for 10 refugees
Refugees promoting cultural appreciation
50 youths learning new languages and cultures

“Our goal is to catalyze the process of refugee integration in Brazil by serving more refugee families. We are beginning a process of dignified integration for refugees.” – André Cervi, founder

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