The second edition of the Brazilian Traditional Country Fair – Arraiá 2018 – took place on Saturday, June 9, at Irene, Centurion. Around 350 people got together to taste typical Brazilian drinks and dishes and have lots of fun, whilst raising funds for social projects.
The event was held by the Brazilian Social Committee, with support from the Embassy of Brazil in Pretoria and the Brazilian military attachés. Almost 60 volunteers from the Brazilian community in Gauteng helped to organize the fair, a very popular winter festivity in Brazil – and a favorite among Brazilian expatriates.
Festa Junina is a festivity that originally took place in rural areas in Brazil to celebrate the nativity of catholic saints – mainly St. John Baptist, St. Anthony and St. Peter. In some regions, it was also considered a way of giving thanks to the saints for the rain. Typical food for the occasion includes corn and cassava cakes, “quentão” ( a cachaça hot mix with ginger and spices), hot-dogs and skewers, chicken tikka, humitus and coconut cream, among others. The traditional dance is the quadrilha, a very jolly and entrancing moment.
Several sponsors made it possible to have great raffle and lotto prizes, including a signed soccer jersey from Brazilian soccer player Dida, stays at The Palace in Suncity for two, a portable Bluetooth speaker and much more. The Brazilian Social Committee thanks heartily all sponsors and donors that make the fair possible. We are also very grateful to all volunteers!
Most of the funds raised at the event will be invested in supporting schools in Gauteng and Limpopo with sanitary towels for female students. A great number or girls in South Africa miss a week of school every month, as they cannot afford sanitary pads. The situation is prevalent across the whole of Africa.
As a way of supporting women empowering initiatives, we buy the sanitary pads from Kgoshigadi, a social enterprise that provides women’s employment opportunities through the manufacture and sale of biodegradable, disposable and affordable sanitary pads. They currently have a factory in Soshanguvhe. Check this wonderful project on www.kgoshigadi.co.za .
This year, the Committee is also helping the kindergarten/nursery/school Little Hearts, in Derdepoort. The school attends around 80 children, age 1 to 6 years old. Most of them comes from underprivileged families who live in an illegal settlement in the area. Little Hearts is part of Warm Heart Feeding project, a non-profit organization established 10 years ago to feed hungry families in the Derdepoort area. According to Alta Botes, founder of Warm Heart, the NPO currently supports around 101 black and white families with a feeding project, counseling, vegetable garden project, toiletries for boys and girls, and the school, which is also a nursery for the children in the afternoon. Most of the blankets collected at Arraiá 2018 will be delivered to Warm Hearts Project.
Text by Ligia M. Kosin Jorge
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