Diakonia Global Mission visits projects in Brazil
Rebecca Duerst, director of Diakonia (International Development and Disaster Response) visited the partner organizations of ELCA / Global Mission in Brazil on April 1- 4, 2019
The ELCA / Global Mission partner organizations in Brazil are: The Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession (IECLB), the Lutheran Diakonia Foundation (FLD), the EST Faculties and the Sustainability Institute (InS)
The purpose of the visit was to develop deeper relationships with key leaders in these organizations and to develop the understanding of the World Hunger projects in this context. The Lutheran Diakonia Foundation (FLD) was established in 2000 by the decision of the Council of the Evangelical Church of Lutheran Confession in Brazil (IECLB). FLD works transforming lives among vulnerable groups and poor communities, without ethnic discrimination, gender, political or religious beliefs.
ELCA World Hunger program supports two projects in FLD:
The Fair and Solidarity Trade Network project, who proposes another way of thinking about consumption, based on a social commitment, gender justice, promoting associativity and solidarity. The project promotes a more conscious and responsible consumption, bringing together consumers and enterprises that produce associativity. Training is another item planned for the project. In addition to enhancing educational processes, raising consumer awareness and adopting sustainable habits, the FLD promotes gender justice and democratic management, through training activities at the network-linked ventures.
The Kilombola Women Gender Justice project, which purpose is to develop a process of local formation and organization of Kiilombola women to face violence, adopting participatory popular methodologies in safe spaces for debate and denunciation, as well to promote the agroecological production and sustainable management of the territory of the Kilombola communities of the South of the State of Rio Grande do Sul, with the installation of gardens, backyards and agroforestry systems for fruit, conventional, food and condiment plants, for the promotion of food sovereignty and access to "Food Good ", with an emphasis on women's participation.
The director of Diakonia of Global Mission visit to Brazil, included the Sustainability Institute, in San Leopoldo, which operates in EST Faculties.