The first two years of the pandemic were not easy for any country, let alone Brazil. The Brazilian government's delay in responding to the health challenges turned the country's pandemic experience into an even more complex political moment. During this time, we learned that the collective action of people in moments of crisis is critical, and this report validates that notion.
This report shows that Brazilians are taking action in the causes they care about. Education became one of the most pressing issues because the pandemic intensified pre-existing challenges. Children didn't have the tools to access virtual learning, and many of them were balancing studies with caregiving or household responsibilities. The educational consequences were enormous — at the end of 2021, we saw a 171% surge in school evasion. Atados, Points of Light's affiliate in Brazil, has a platform that connects volunteers with NGOs. On our website, education was the most searched cause, over three times higher than interest in other cause areas.
Aside from education, the country has seen exacerbated challenges in tackling poverty, hunger, environmental preservation and climate change. Even before the pandemic, Brazilians felt some level of government neglect addressing these challenges. Maybe because of that, other institutions — religious organizations, NGOs and companies — have become critical in addressing social and environmental issues in the country. This research particularly calls out companies, with 90% of respondents in Brazil believing that companies "should do something related to a social issue." Companies shouldn't ignore this mandate from employees, consumers and other everyday people. If Brazilians are demanding social and environmental change, these can be the institutions with the power to make that happen.