The MST carries out actions to mitigate the situation of families affected by the flood in Rio Grande do Sul

Tuesday, May 14, 2024
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From the MST web site | Edited by Fernanda Alcântara | Translated by the Friends of the MST (US)

Check out the MST's main solidarity actions in the state, such as solidarity kitchens, rescue of the homeless, donations of materials and medical assistance

Since the beginning of the flood in Rio Grande do Sul, which had the first records of flooding on April 27th, in the municipalities of Canoas, Novo Hamburgo and Porto Alegre, together with partner entities, the MST has carried out the Landless Solidarity Campaign in Rio Grande do Sul to help the more than 2.1 million people affected by heavy rains and floods in the state to date. In addition to the campaign, several actions are also being developed to alleviate the suffering of affected families.

To date, six MST settlements have been affected in the metropolitan region of Porto Alegre and the central region of the state. They are: Integração Gaúcha (IRGA) and Colônia Nonoaiense (IPZ), in Eldorado do Sul; Santa Rita de Cassia e Sino, in Nova Santa Rita; September 19th, in Guaíba and Tempo Novo, in Taquari. The crisis left 870 people homeless, with homes flooding and the loss of planted and stored food production, animals and tools.

Losses are also large in relation to structures, machinery, raw materials, products for sale from cooperatives and agro-industries located in these settlements. As an example, we have all Agroecological Rice production in planted area and in stock for marketing, infrastructure, processing machinery, transport networks, etc.

As of this Monday ( May 13), the floods and storms that have hit Rio Grande do Sul since the end of April have already resulted in the deaths of 147 victims. The Civil Defense bulletin also records 127 people missing and 806 injured. The number of people away from home reaches 617 thousand.

Check out the MST’s main solidarity actions in the state:

1. Rescues of people from public shelters and other locations to MST spaces

The Movement welcomed 13 families from the Integração Gaúcha settlement (IRGA), who had their homes and crops flooded in the Hugo Chaves settlement, together with the Cooperativa de Produção Agropecuária dos Assentados de Tapes-RS (COOPAT), located in the municipality.

Families from the Apolônio de Carvalho settlement, who were in the Cootap silos, were also rescued and brought to the settlement headquarters. Families from the Integração Gaúcha settlement (IRGA) were also welcomed at the headquarters of the 19 de Setembro settlement, in Guaíba and at the school and homes of families from the Padre Josimo settlement.

2. Solidarity Kitchens

Given the concern about feeding these homeless families, the MST set up a solidarity kitchen in the Filhos de Sepé settlement, in sector “D”, in the municipality of Viamão, where they are being produced. Around 1,500 lunch boxes are distributed daily to affected families in Eldorado do Sul.

Part of this food is destined for families in the Padre Josimo settlement, who are isolated but were not directly affected by the floods. Landless are also organizing the production of meals at the headquarters of the Apolônio de Carvalho settlement to serve the families there, and meals are being made daily for families hosted in the Hugo Chaves settlement, in Tapes.

Still in the city of Pelotas, through a partnership between the MST, Levante da Juventude and Armazém do Campo, 400 meals are being produced per day, with the involvement of around one hundred volunteers. Solidarity lunch boxes are delivered to five shelters that are welcoming homeless people. Check out more information and find out how to support the Kitchen on social media on Instragram @armazemdocampo.pel and solidaritypelotas2024.

3. Donation of Hygiene and Cleaning materials

The MST organized 200 hygiene kits and cleaning materials for cleaning work in houses where the water has already receded, in the Sinos settlements, in Nova Santa Rita; Colônia Nonoaiense (IPZ) and Apolônio de Carvalho, in Eldorado do Sul. In addition, there is a joint effort to remove debris, with the cost of renting backhoes and bucket trucks for the services.

4. Medical and psychological assistance

Starting this Monday (13), the Landless are sending basic health kits to homeless families, in places where there is access for the material to reach people.

For the medical and psychological care of homeless Landless families in the state, the Movement is organizing a Health Brigade with doctors trained in Cuba, Venezuela and other doctors who support the Network of Popular Doctors and the José Marti Association. The intention is also to create a Network of Supporters for Mental Health.

Find out how to donate to Rio Grande do Sul

Donations to the Landless Solidarity Campaign in Rio Grande do Sul continue through the fundraising website for international donations and via Pix for national donations.

International Donations: Click on the image to donate

Contributions are essential for the approximately 2.1 million people affected by storms and floods to date in Rio Grande do Sul.

International support is essential. Please donate what you are able.




To contribute to the MST solidarity campaign, simply click here or make a donation to the following bank details:

PIX: 09352141000148 
Banco: 350 
Agência: 3001 
Conta: 30253-8 
CNPJ: 09.352.141/0001-48 
Nome: Instituto Brasileiro de Solidariedade

In São Paulo, the MST receives donations at:

ARMAZÉM DO CAMPO – Alameda Nothmann, 806, Campos Elíseos.

GALPÃO CULTURAL ELZA SOARES – Alameda Eduardo Prado, 474, Campos Elíseos.