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Schools should be a safe place of learning and growth. But without access to water, a hygienic toilet, and a place to sit and learn, many schools simply can’t provide the basics that every student deserves. Under-resourced schools not only lead to a lower-quality education but can also increase the spread of disease due to poor sanitation. Providing a safe, comfortable place ensures as many children as possible can—and want to—come to school every day. Your gift will supply young, eager students with the environment and tools they need to develop a love of learning.
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A Beacon of Hope in the Amazon

At first glance, Nova Jerusalém is no different from the countless villages that dot the banks of the labyrinthine Amazon River corridor in Brazil. Like their neighbors, the people of Nova Jerusalém claim a hard-won existence between the banks of remote tributary waters and the encroaching canopy of dense jungle.

But Nova Jerusalém is different. The distant plot of land on which the community was built is no longer just jungle and dispersed homes; it is a now beacon of hope for hundreds of otherwise forgotten families.

Thanks to the new school complex built along the bank, these families have a portal to a world far beyond the jungle.

The life-changing school began with a dream as remote as the jungle community in which it was formed.

It was completed by more than 80 students from six Adventist universities in North America, who joined an additional 100 student volunteers from Centro Universitario Adventista de Sao Paulo in Brazil for the inaugural ADRA Connections Extreme trip.

By the end of the two-week mission trip, the hard work of the volunteers had paid off: the multibuilding complex was complete. Where there was once only jungle, there is now a dormitory, cafeteria, classrooms, library, and houses for the volunteer teachers.

The 44 students of the Adventist Technical School of Massauari, ages 5 to 14, now have access to a world far larger than the world of their parents.

“I want to be a doctor because we can care for people,” said Josué, who travels 30 minutes down the river to the school each day. “I want to say thank you to everybody who helped to build our school.”

  • A safe place for children to learn and grow
  • A better education for more children
  • Brighter futures for all

A Beacon of Hope in the Amazon

At first glance, Nova Jerusalém is no different from the countless villages that dot the banks of the labyrinthine Amazon River corridor in Brazil. Like their neighbors, the people of Nova Jerusalém claim a hard-won existence between the banks of remote tributary waters and the encroaching canopy of dense jungle.

But Nova Jerusalém is different. The distant plot of land on which the community was built is no longer just jungle and dispersed homes; it is a now beacon of hope for hundreds of otherwise forgotten families.

Thanks to the new school complex built along the bank, these families have a portal to a world far beyond the jungle.

The life-changing school began with a dream as remote as the jungle community in which it was formed.

It was completed by more than 80 students from six Adventist universities in North America, who joined an additional 100 student volunteers from Centro Universitario Adventista de Sao Paulo in Brazil for the inaugural ADRA Connections Extreme trip.

By the end of the two-week mission trip, the hard work of the volunteers had paid off: the multibuilding complex was complete. Where there was once only jungle, there is now a dormitory, cafeteria, classrooms, library, and houses for the volunteer teachers.

The 44 students of the Adventist Technical School of Massauari, ages 5 to 14, now have access to a world far larger than the world of their parents.

“I want to be a doctor because we can care for people,” said Josué, who travels 30 minutes down the river to the school each day. “I want to say thank you to everybody who helped to build our school.”