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Brazil is a country where 40% of individual wealth is held by 10% of its wealthiest citizens, while the poorest 10% of its people have access to only 1% of the country’s wealth. 

The result of this massive inequality is that homelessness and poverty are a major problem in Brazil, with the greatest concentration of homeless people living in cities such as Sao Paulo and Rio De Janeiro. In addition to thousands of homeless Brazilians living on the street, there are also large numbers who live in shelters or innercity slums known as favelas.  

There are a number of factors at play which are to blame for the high numbers of homeless living on the streets of Brazil: foreign debt, globalisation, lack of economic freedom and growth, a poor education system, unemployment and over population. Poverty is at the very heart of the problem.  

A large proportion of Brazil’s displaced population are children, many of whom have been stripped of their childhood as they face a daily fight for survival. It is within the context of extreme poverty that these children take to – or are forced onto – the streets, without the opportunity for an education or employment in adulthood 

Many come from single parent, fatherless homes. With several siblings sharing a small space, some are simply pushed out. Others are forced to work in illegal businesses in order to supplement the family’s meagre earnings. Many street children turn to petty theft or more serious crimes, as well as glue sniffing and other drug addictions. There is little hope for their futures as it is unlikely that they will be able to find gainful employment as they reach adulthood.  

The high prevalence of street children in Brazil is evidence of the country’s extreme poverty, disparity between the rich and poor and its socioeconomic issues.  




These aren’t just words, neatly packed to sound helpful “in theory”; these are the very real concepts on which the global movement of positive change is built.
It’s with these ideas that The Philanthropic Collection home to The CEO SleepOut is turning old world philanthropy on its head;
getting business leaders to sleep on the streets to raise funds and gain empathy for the homeless in The CEO SleepOut Event;
and sparking conversations that truly lead to worldwide action.

By Ali Gregg