After years working with theTwo Brothers Foundation in its mission to promote education,
community service and international exchange in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, in 2016 Conviva
Brazil co-founders started up our organisation in Belém do Pará. This city, known as the "Gateway to
the Amazon," is the home city of one co-founder. Through family, friends and professional contacts
there, we were exposed to a vast network of people and organizations working for the well-being
of the Amazon Basin and its peoples (see our Partners). Besides the region's ecological needs,
we observed that low-income peoples in Amazonia generally receive much less in the way of
resources than do those in more affluent parts of Brazil. Unlike in many of Rio's favelas, for
example, there are precious few organizations working for social inclusion, governmental or
otherwise. Indeed, because these two dimensions are interconnected, poverty and climate change,
long-term solutions must seek to address them together.
Conviva Brazil is a meeting place for those around the world who consider themselves friends
of the Amazon, forest and folk, and for local peoples of the Amazon Basin working to defend it.
Making use of our extensive networks in the region, especially in the regional capital city of
Belém do Pará, Brazil, we connect with local partners and their projects. Bypassing the expense of
running our own operations, we seek out a view of what's happening on the ground, at the local
and regional level, to support programs, people, groups and institutions taking a lead in making a
difference–like Instituto Peabiru, Zambo Capoeira and the Museu Paraense Emílio Goeldi.
As the result of such encounters, the idea of bringing people from around the world together
with local residents of the Amazon was born. We seek to be more than just an environmental
protection group but a community of real people, compassionately committed to one another,
whether in sharing financial resources, our time, information or in face to visits in Brazil, across
Amazonia and elsewhere. We believe that only in "living well together" (the root meaning of the
imperative conviva in Portuguese) do any of us truly live. That what it'll take for us to stand a
chance at stewarding our precious world together–in coexistence. Please Join Us!
Conviva = Coexist
Friends of the Amazon,
Forest and Folk.