"When one dreams alone, it is only a dream!

If many dream together, it is the beginning

a new reality.”


Dom Helder Camara †, Bishop of Northern Brazil


Fundação Pavel

support people in Maranhão the poorest state of Brazil.

In keeping with its guiding principle "Give me the rod and not the fish," she wants to open a perspective for a dignified life children, youth and families.


For this we need your help!

How it began

It all began in 1992 with the establishment of sewing courses for young woman in the village of Barão de Grajaú, home of Iva Engels - Carvalho. When she met the Brazilian Honorary Consul Klaus Pavel and his wife Gudrun, they jointly developed the idea of the project "A sewing machine for the home" was. The woman can borrow the sewing machine from the Fundação. So they are able to earn their livelihood.

Locally Ivas family controls the project. Meanwhile, we have over 30 Activities. Everyday about 1,000 children and adolescents benefit from it.

The idea of the Fundação it is as soon as possible to bring children and young people from the street and offer them a regulated daily routine. In addition many projects have been launched. Thus, the families are supported.

  • Nursery and Kindergarten
  • literacy in preschool
  • tutoring and educational-therapeutic care for school children
  • Library and reading room
  • sewing, computer and electrician courses
  • Accommodation for young people from the inland
  • assistance for business start-ups
  • Vegetable cultivation
  • public laundry and drinking water treatment plant
  • Medical and dental care
  • care of pregnant women
  • sports, dance, music, painting and theater courses
  • Holiday camps
  • Football club
  • Care of old traditions in the new social center
  • care of people seeking help
  • Emergency aid for emergencies

The 30 projects of the Foundation are presented individually on the next sections.