Sorry I haven’t been posting that much this week — I was traveling to the north of Brazil! This is the tiny town of Caburé, in the northeastern state of Maranhão. The town has no paved roads, internet or cell network connections. Most people here are fishermen, selling their daily catch in a (slightly) bigger town that’s about a 2 hour boat ride away. 

It was interesting to see a different kind of poverty here than the urban poverty that I’m used to seeing in Rio. Faulty electricity, inconsistent sources of water and the lack of paved roads here make Caburé’s rural poverty more difficult to fight. But I think what surprised me the most was that although the people of Caburé have so little, they are extremely grateful for what they already have — an attitude that I think many more people should try to adopt.

—Chloe

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