São Paulo – The Federation of Muslim Associations in Brazil (Fambras) is hosting the last Solidarity Islam of the year at CEU Caminho do Mar in Jabaquara, São Paulo next December 1st. The event features everything from medical attention to entertainment for low-income citizens.
Fambras hosts several editions of the event each year. This year has seen iterations in Parelheiros and the Tenondé-Porã indigenous village, in the far south of São Paulo, and in downtown neighborhood Pari, in partnership with the League of the Islamic Charitable Youth of Brazil, catering to refugees and area residents.
The final edition of 2019 will run from 10am to 3pm, with tests including hypertension, diabetes, cholesterol and hepatitis C. Also available will be guidance on dental care and breast cancer prevention – women will get taught to do the self-exam.
Eye examinations will also be available, and passes will be given out for highly sought-after eyeglass donations, which draw the most people to the event, as previously reported by ANBA. A partnership with the São Paulo State Government has also enabled DNA tests and birth, marriage and death certificate reissues.
A mobile unit from the Municipal Secretariat for Human Rights and Citizenship’s immigrant care center (Centro de Referência e Atendimento para Imigrantes – CRAI) will also be onsite, providing services including guidance on regularization of migrant status, Brazilian documentation and how to open bank accounts, simple document translations, referrals for treatment, education and social assistance, access to labor and income, college education, Portuguese courses, and trade courses.
Solidarity Islam also provides aesthetics treatments including haircuts, facial cleansing quick massage. Attractions for kids include inflatable rides, popcorn and cotton candy, comic books, and 3,000 toys. Cultural attractions will include capoeira performances, a Tenondé Porã choir, and a choir from Colégio 24 de março, a school that’s partners for the event, plus a graffiti workshop.
CEU Caminho do Mar – Avenida Engenheiro Armando Arruda Pereira, 524, Jardim Lurdes/Vila Clara – São Paulo
Translated by Gabriel Pomerancblum