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The Da Terra Brasil Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to the continuation of the charitable work and support that my parents have rendered over the last 60 years in Piranga, their hometown, and around its neighboring regions in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. Through the foundation, we aim to raise awareness and to encourage individuals to participate in our efforts to improve the lives of those who otherwise would be destined for despair and hopelessness. The foundation is particularly committed, but not limited, to supporting and bettering the lives of the residents of the Lar dos Velhinhos, a safe haven for the elderly and infirm in Piranga. Our work is driven by our honorees’ aspirations of building a solid groundwork and reliable network to provide essential monetary, and psychological assistance to the ones in need throughout the entire country of Brazil.
In 2014 the Da Terra Brasil Foundation launched the campaign Brasil On Wheels, created with the purpose to provide wheelchair donations to the inhabitants of impoverished and underprivileged communities in Brazil. In partnership with the following institutions: Instituto Solidrio, Vitria/ES; Portal Amigo do Idoso, Osasco/SP, we will be distributing wheelchairs to the disabled or physically challenged who do not have the means, or lack the basic resources to acquire one on their own. During our many visits to Brazil throughout the years, we learned that there are thousands of people who have been confined to their beds for most of their lives, and we became aware of the numerous health and rehabilitation institutions for the poor who are in desperate need of wheelchairs.
Together with our partners, we will be providing not only the gift of mobility, but also that of dignity. Through a careful and selective process, we will identify and determine the needs and limitations of each individual enlisted in the program and provide ongoing oversight as well.