Covid-19 in Favelas Emergency Campaign 2021

Ensure Urgent Food Assistance to Favelas Facing Down Covid-19

Favela Actions Against Hunger from Covid-19

In just over a year, Covid-19 has killed 5,166 just in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro.* That's more people than in 165 entire nations around the world. Unfortunately, while hope is growing elsewhere with the arrival of vaccines, in Rio they have been hard to come by and slow on arrival. It is predicted that many cariocas will only see a vaccine in 2022. Meanwhile, with the end of emergency aid from the federal government and high rates of unemployment, we are seeing people returning to their 'normal lives', ignoring the pandemic while a new more deadly variant prospers.

As a result, Brazil is seeing boom in hunger. Years ago removed from the World Hunger Map, hunger in Brazil is back with a vengeance. Favela residents, consistently the most vulnerable of Rio's population, are now having to choose between dying of Covid-19 or dying of hunger. According to data collected by Data Favela, for every 10 people interviewed, 8 did not have enough money to feed themselves, without donations. The same data show that for every 10 people, 7 said that the pandemic has worsened their quality of their nutrition.

Over a year now, we at Catalytic Communities have ramped up our efforts to support favela organizers at the frontlines of Covid-19 prevention and mitigation. We dedicated our community reporting platform RioOnWatch to constant coverage as resistance efforts unfolded. We quickly developed, launched and expanded the Covid-19 In Favelas Unified Dashboard, which has become the primary reference on Covid-19 in Rio's favelas. In 2020 we held over 150 live community Zoom meetings hosting some 2000 people, provided food stuffs to those on the frontlines and distributed sanitizer in partnership with Engineers Without Borders. We raised funds for waste pickers who conduct 90% of Brazil's recycling yet are among the hardest hit by this pandemic. We connected favela organizers with global media outlets who covered their stories, and spoke globally about what was happening.

In 2021, these efforts continue, alongside our other programs, which range from reporting on antirracism and energy justice in favelas, to realizing the first virtual international exchange of sustainable favela projects and the national expansion of Favela Community Land Trusts.

But continuing with all of this vital work depends on you taking action now.

On this page you can offer three kinds of assistance:

  1. Immediate humanitarian support to favela households facing down hunger, through CatComm's network of trusted community parters. Favela-based organizations have been responsible for keeping the situation from getting much worse, and they need our help now to fight the latest consequence of Covid-19: widespread hunger.
  2. Ongoing, strategic community organizing support to favela organizers on the frontlines, through CatComm's communications, networking, training and capacity-building programs.
  3. General support to CatComm or our specific programsRioOnWatch community reporting platform, the Sustainable Favela Network, the Favela Community Land Trust program, or the Covid-19 in Favelas Unified Dashboard.

Please know that your support is important. We have only been able to respond to favelas' urgent needs since March 2020 thanks to one-time and recurring donations from supporters like you.

But to keep it up we need existing supporters to renew their support and new donors to join themPlease take a moment today to set up a one-time or recurring donation, of any amount, and to ask friends to do the same.

We are counting on supporters like you.

CatComm Team and Rio de Janeiro community partners

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*Data from the Covid-19 in Favelas Unified Dashboard, a community data-sourcing initiative of Catalytic Communities. Please note that these numbers represent an underassessment: they only reflect confirmed deaths covering 66% of Rio's favela households.

Urgent and Strategic Assistance to Favelas Facing Down Covid-19





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Recent Media Coverage of Our Covid-19 Work

ABRASCO—April 30: Ágora Abrasco debate vigilância popular da saúde

Maré de Notícias—April 29: Fome em Tempos de Covid-19: Ajude

Brasil247—April 27: Favelas do Rio de Janeiro contabilizam 4000 mortes

Ponte—April 13: Mulheres, negros, pobres impactados

Agência de Notícias das Favelas—April 13: Vacinação nas favelas

Reuters—April 12: Brazil’s favelas struggle to count their dead

DataLabe—April 5: Sem Recreio

O Globo—April 4: Em comunidades do Rio, salto no número de infecções

Folha de São Paulo—March 21: A pandemia da pandemia

Maré de Notícias—March 11: Fora da contagem oficial

El Mercurio—March 3: Las iniciativas que buscan llenar de verde las favelas de Río de Janeiro

Carta Capital—March 3: Vítimas Apagadas: Uma rede comunitária registra a subnotificação

Consortium Sustainable Urbanization—February 26: (Re)Actions from Sustainable Favela Network

Globo News—February 10: Favelas somam 3.299 mortes por Covid-19

Fiocruz—February 10: Campanha “Vacina Pra Favela, Já!”

Goethe Institut’s Ecologues—February 1: Sustainability in Favelas 

O Cidadão—January 18: Projetos remuneram comunicadores de favela

World Habitat—January 18: Future of land rights for informal settlements

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