We continued to build relationships with the community and this month we had a conversation with the leadership to discuss our interest in seeing these families realize physical and spiritual development. The conversation was positive and we will begin the next steps in development with the community.
Families remain assisted as far as possible, as stated, due to all the problems of COVID-19. This month was in mourning for the loss of our dear Flavia and for all the consequences that her death brought. Our team, especially through Robson, has been shoulder to lean on for assistance and encouragement to those involved in the work of the community.
The Cafundó Community, is located near the municipality of Choró- CE. The community is in an isolated area and located 200 meters high and an hour and thirty minutes walking to go up to the place, which is 155 km from the capital Fortaleza. In this community, families live below the poverty line and the majority of the population is illiterate, there is no running water and the houses are mud huts. Without their basic needs, such as adequate infrastructure, security, basic sanitation and food only leads to more the community problems.
It is on the trail of poverty and hunger with a dip into the geography of misery that takes this journey, facing sun, dust, tiredness and adventure until reaching the community of Cafundó, in the Sertão Central (The Northeast Outback). Known as the Land of forgetfulness, regrets, abandonment and resignation, where the sentiment found is the faith of one day to live with dignity.
When their elders get sick and need to go to the city, they descend in a hammock, by their children, grandchildren and closest friends. The scene recalls as if the time was still for the hermits. And for them it can be considered that way. Children only go to school three times a week, because they can’t stand going up and down the path for the five school days.
They all eat rice, beans, corn flour, they only eat meat once a week, they do not eat fruits and vegetables. Most prepare food on the wood stove. Regarding water, most families use their own water cisterns, usually the water is unsuitable for human use, thus causing the need for an effective basic sanitation in this community.