A call to the heart
A fraternal movement will always be a story written by many hands. Fraternity Without Borders was born after a calling from the heart of Wagner Moura Gomes, the founder and president of FWB. He was still a boy when he found himself weeping for world hunger; a pain that followed him through his youth and awakened his desire to help those in need. As a young boy, he was already dedicated to volunteering in the under-privileged areas of his city. As an adult, he traveled to Africa and began his work in Mozambique, a Portuguese-speaking country, located in one of the poorest area of the world in sub-Saharan Africa, where over one million people suffer from hunger, including six hundred thousand orphans. There he started the Shelter Mozambique project providing shelter and food for children.
From those early days until today, a series of activities have been bringing fraternity and love to Africa, helping us build a better world.
First trip to Africa
In 2009, listening to a call from his heart, Wagner Moura Gomes traveled to Africa for the first time. He visited orphanages, nursing homes and met homeless children.
In the villages, he witnessed the absence of any support to the high number of orphaned children, as result of HIV and malaria. Thereafter, he started thinking about founding a non-governmental organization to support children in Africa.
November 15th, 2009
The opening of the first Community Center
Wagner Moura returns to Mozambique, taking with him the funds from the charity fundraising event. He visits the villages again and, with the help of some people, he meets the spiritual and religious leader of one of the tribes. He shows him his project which was based on 7 years of experienced humanitarian in Brazil, asks and receives his permission to start working with the local community.
In Maputo, he buys the tools to build the Community Center, goes back to the village and rents an old Portuguese house in a five-thousand-meter piece of land. Then, he hires local monitors and cooks. He estimates to shelter 35 children, but at the end of registration, there are 70 children registered in urgent need there. The children had the need and Wagner had faith. With twice the number as planned, he opens the first Fraternity Without Borders’ Community Center in a Barragem, Mozambique.
Young monitors and cooks were appointed by the local people, hired and trained according to their experience.
And natural leaders with singing ability would participate and bring music and dance as part of the African traditions to the children during native games and activities.
A few years later, the first children enrolled in our programs are now teenagers, and new challenges arise. In the rural villages, they are able to study only until sixth grade because after that the nearest school is in the city. With no money for transportation, school supply and uniform, the majority of them quit school.
Therefore, we created a new work front, called The Youth Project, to support and guide these young people in their future. The sponsors guarantee the continuity in their education and the opportunity to learn a profession. Improving their self-esteem and hope.
Water for Africa
In 2015, FWB began drilling water wells in Mozambican villages.
The access to water enables the beginning of sustainable farming practice, envisioning self-sufficiency food programs for the villages.
Treatment for children with Microcephaly
FWB embraces the children with microcephaly cause in Campina Grande, Paraiba, Brazil. Joining forces with the doctor and researcher Adriana Melo, responsible for the research and discovery of the association of Zika virus and microcephaly.
Fraternity Without Borders Conference
The first Fraternity without Borders Conference is held, aiming to strengthen the cause and the bond among the people who gather to work for a better world.
Brazil, welcomes Venezuelan Refugees
The Project “Brazil, welcomes Venezuelan Refugees” is launched and helps people facing the worst humanitarian crisis in Venezuela. Fraternity without Borders builds and keeps a sheltering center, in Boa Vista, Roraima, to support Venezuelan families that cross the Brazilian border seeking for a new life.
Our own headquarters
The movement grows and the organization needs an adequate space to assist sponsors, promoters, to locate the gift shop and to manage all humanitarian projects. We therefore invest in the opportunity to purchase our own headquarters, where we also begin to put on small events, such as the launching of new campaigns and meetings for sponsors of the cause.
FWB in Haiti
The fraternity went to Haiti to visit a project created by Jean Inoclair François’, a Haitian refugee that lived and worked in Brazil to send money to his family and 200 children in Haiti. The Fraternity without Borders started to support Jean’s project and assisted in the construction of the school “Escola Gnose of Village Quisqueya Hinche” that has the purpose of providing food and teaching children how to write and read.
New causes in Northeast Brazil
Fraternity without Borders partners with new causes in Northeast Brazil: Portraits of Hope and Jardim das Borboletas (Garden of Butterflies). With Portraits of Hope, houses are built for families in the sertão of Northeast Brazil; with Jardim das Borboletas, the treatment of people with a rare and incurable skin disease, epidermolysis bullosa, is funded, as the required care is expensive.
Wagner returns from the trip to Africa, gathers his closest friends and proposes the creation of the NGO. With a group of volunteers, a barbecue event was organized for a thousand people. The initiative yielded 25 thousand reais and, along with his closest friends, Wagner founded Fraternity without Borders.
How is it possible to keep assistencial work and create conditions to shelter even more children in extreme poverty? The sponsorship’s idea is created. The monthly contribution of R$50 per month guarantees one more child's enrollment and permanence in the project. Single donations and events would help to build the Community Centers.
The invitation for sponsorship gradually touched many hearts. Thousands of sponsors in Brazil and abroad embraced the cause.
Years later, in 2017, a decision was taken: the sponsorship wasn’t about sponsoring a specific child anymore, it became a project since there werer a huge number of children in need of help. The campaign, Estrutural Moçambique, was launched (Mozambique Structural) and the contribution of new sponsors was designated to build kitchens, bathrooms, rooms for pedagogical activities, enabling a minimum structure for giving support to more kids.
The sponsorship system became the heart of all Fraternity Without Borders' projects.
The charitable contributions grow and we build a bakery in Muzumuia, where FWB has the second Community Center. The initiative provides young people the opportunity to make bread at a lower cost for the local community while learning an occupation.
Brazilians carry the message abroad, new volunteers join the charity and start spreading the cause. On 01/20/2017, Fraternity Without Borders was registered in Switzerland - Bruederlichkeit ohne Grenzen. In July of the same year, it was officially registered Fraternity without Borders UK in England. The union of many people from many countries strengthen the Fraternity Without Borders' goals.
FWB starts to give assistance to the families that suffer from hunger and lack of water in Ambovombe, south of the Island of Madagascar, considered to have one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world.
Young Emmanuel Philharmonic Orchesta
The Young Emmanuel Philharmonic Orchestra becomes part of the Fraternity without Borders' projects, in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul, in Brazil.
Fraternity without Borders Meeting II
With open heart and arms, the second FWB Meeting was hosted in Campo Grande, MS, Brazil, with the purpose of speaking about our work of love and fraternity. More than 1,500 volunteers from around the world were gathered for the sake of this beautiful cause.
FWB US CORP
Brazilians and Americans carry the message to the US and new volunteers join the movement. On 05/30/2018 Fraternity Without Borders US was registered in New York City as a non-profit Corportation. Our organization is a 100% volunteer run in the US, and we are committed to have all donations go directly into the projects. Volunteers and friends spread the word about the causes and projects, helping, donating, sponsoring, and going on mission trips. There are no borders for love!
Fraternity in the Street
FWB joins with Clínica da Alma (Clinic of the Soul), in Campo Grande, MS, Brazil, to help to overcome one of the greatest social challenges: substance abuse. The project Fraternity in the Street creates the opportunity for sponsors to strengthen and expand the work of Clínica da Alma, based on discipline, occupational therapy, and spirituality.
Fraternity without Borders (FWB) president, Wagner Moura, received the Prêmio Inspiração (Inspiration Award) on the Globo network show of host Luciano Huck, on 20 April 2019. The award, that was also given to four other recipients, was possible thanks to Wagner’s lifestyle, focused on goodness and the change in the world around him. On this occasion, the story of Fraternity without Borders was told by its founder. From the beginning to the present moment, where the work counts on many hearts willing to beat in rhythm with this cause that dreams of a better world, a world of peace.
One hundred families in Madagascar, who once lived in small, unstable houses begin to live in the City of Fraternity, conceived and constructed to offer a new life in community, with the incentive of fostering a culture of peace and sustainability. The project, in an area of 45-thousand square meters, includes 100 houses, an artesian well, career-building workshops, and income.
Ubuntu Nation Project
The beginning of humanitarian work in the Dzaleka refugee camp, in Dowa, Malawi. The Ubuntu Nation project is born with the dream to introduce to the world a new life model for refugee communities, based on the values of the ancient African philosophy, Ubuntu — “I am because we are.” In an area acquired next to the refugee camp, the construction of the reception center is initiated with space for workshops, a bakery, the drilling of an artesian well, a playground, and classrooms offering studies to 9 thousand children.
FWB Meeting III
The Fraternity without Borders Meeting III, which occurred on the 12th, 13th, and 14th of April 2019, gathered together volunteers, coordinators, collaborators, and friends of the cause in another moment of love and connection at Mineirão Stadium in Belo Horizonte, MG, Brazil. A chain of goodness gathered more than 3 thousand people that connected their hearts to the cause in moments of pure emotion.