Covid Response from ACE Projects

The world has been turned upside down in the last 6 months.The rug has been pulled from beneath our feet, but thankfully, we found a few gems hiding beneath the fabric. It is when we are faced with hardship that we can truly understand communities: how people will try to help, to comfort, and support - how those from all walks of life can make the journey easier for others. From beneath the rug, genuine leaders have emerged. 


ACE Projects provided ‘cestas basicas’ (food kits) through the lockdown, and we are proud to say we reached 200 families, and over 1000 people in total. We provided them with enough food that they didn’t have to risk their safety or worry about food costs. The team creating and delivering these packages are heroes, and we are forever indebted to them for their help. 


We provided sanitation, including fresh water and hand sanitizers, to the same 200 families, making sure their health was always protected as much as possible. 


We are proud to say that we kept all our leaders on full salaries, to make sure that they did not feel the negative economic effects of the virus. They are the cornerstones of their communities, and must continue to be supported as they bring people together. As the economic downturn strikes the favelas, many jobs have disappeared and thousands of salaries were withheld. It is vital that we can keep our staff on full salary, so that they can do their bit to sustain the local economy and continue to generate income for those around them. 


We spent over R$50,000 on the local economy, through food, projects and salaries, as an attempt to keep the community afloat in this difficult time. 


Our ACE Webinar was an immense success, and we thank all of you who attended. ACE leader Pamella Lessa gave us a unique insight to ACE’s work on a local level in Rio, providing very useful perspectives on race, gender and youth. 

Ana Carolina Fernandez, the independent documentarian and photographer, illuminated for us the social conflicts in Brazil in startling form. 

Dr Alexandra Abello-Colak provided a fascinating insight to Covid 19 and its impact on human security in urban communities. 


We are so grateful for our speakers, and hope that these perspectives, shared world wide, go some way to bringing the global community together on the subjects that lie so close to our hearts at ACE. 


We hope you are all staying safe and well - be kind to yourselves and others. 


Abraços,

The ACE Team


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