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This mission trip from July 13 to 15, 2009 was HMO's first visit to this city.



Sao Paulo, Brazil




Sao Paulo is the largest city in Brazil and is the world's 7th largest metropolitan area. The city is the capital of the state of Sao Paulo, the most populated Brazilian state. It is also the richest city in Brazil (a).


It is a modern urban city with an estimated population of 18 million and 40% of Brazil's wealth. Sao Paulo is the most ethnically diverse city in Brazil. Like many urban centres with a large population and crowding, Sao Paulo also shares some urban problems, one of which is poverty. Approximately 13% of the population in Sao Paulo lives in poor condition. There are many favelas (shanty towns) in the city, and the largest is Heliopolis. The government recently recognized its residents were not squatters but residents. To date, it has the appearance of a favela, regardless of the government's attempt to assist the residents.


The government tried to relocate some of the residents to many new housing projects in a suburb of Sao Paulo. The promised schools and infrastructure failed to follow. The new favela has fallen short of expectations, and ended up with the same poverty, crime and drug problems that were present in the old favela


HMO had an opportunity to participate with the Ministry of Restoration, a local charitable organization that works in the favela with the blessing of the local drug lords. From July 13 to 15, 2009, HMO provided medical and dental care to three very different favela neighbourhoods. Each experience was distinct and memorable. It was most gratifying to be thanked by the children with hugs and kisses.



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