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Bolsa Família

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One of the cruelest faces of poverty: 42% of the Brazilians that live under conditions of extreme poverty are less than 15 years of age. To meet the needs of the most vulnerable portion of this group - children six years of age or less – the Dilma administration established the Brazil Cares Program (“Brasil Carinhoso”). Nearly 600,000 child beneficiaries attend child care centers everyday. The distribution of vitamin A and iron sulfate free of charge protects against illnesses that are harmful to child development.

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Under Dilma, the income transfer policy begun under Lula went through two signifcant changes in order to accomplish the goal of the eradication of extreme poverty with the incorporation of activities for productive inclusion and access to public services: the “Brasil Sem Miséria” (Brazil Without Poverty) and the Brasil Carinhoso (“Brazil Caring”) programs.

The Brazil Without Poverty Program provides more resources for those who most need them and strengthens productive inclusion

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Forget the “Indolence Effect” so often mentioned by biased analysts. It does not exist and never did. No less than 75% of the adult beneficiaries are in the workforce. In addition, 1.7 million families voluntarily left the program and another million did not reregister with the program (probably because they managed to improve their lives). The truth is that no beneficiary lives a life of ease: each family receives, on average, R $167.00 per month - not much but enough to provide food security and to guarantee - or rather, require - regular health checkups and school attendance.

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Brazil wins the war against hunger

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Thanks to Lula and Dilma, Brazil is undergoing a process of inclusion unprecedented in history. With the Bolsa Família, 36 million Brazilians have emerged from extreme poverty. Brazil today is a more developed and less unequal country, very different than the Brazil of 12 years ago, when millions of Brazilians did not have enough to eat and poor children were obliged to leave school to help feed their families. Without an education, these children grew up poor and had children who also poor and condemned to growing up without a future.

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