One Health Institute Heukelbach is actively supporting the project ACAM-Mandacaru which aims to improve education and health in an urban slum in Fortaleza/Brazil. For more than 10 years, the project has benefitted hundreds of people living in one of the most underprivileged communities in the city of Fortaleza, capital of Ceará State in Northeast Brazil.

Fortaleza city council has set up a general curfew last week, as the coronavirus/covid-19 pandemic has reached devastating levels in the city.

Favela communities with their overcrowded conditions are at highest risk for increased domestic violence, unemployment, undernutrition and high coronavirus infection rates. ACAM-Mandacaru supports the community with protective masks and food donations, as the kindergarten serving 76 children and the teenager projects had to be closed, perpetuating further the negative situation in the mostly affected families.

Any help will be welcome. Donations can be made at the following bank accounts:

IBAN: DE15 5019 0000 4202 0680 87 (bank account of Evanglische Kirche Weiterstadt); purpose of transfer: “Spende Mandacaru Brasilien”

For donations from Brazil: Banco do Brasil, Agência 3140-2, Conta Corrente: 55544-4, CNPJ: 12.859.165/0001-00

Donation receipts will be issued upon request. More information can be obtained at

Project ACAM – Mandacaru: call for donations

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