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 his heart’s call, Wagner Moura Gomes traveled to the first time to Africa. He visited orphanages, nursing homes, met homeless children and the villages.
In the villages, there was a high number of orphans as result of HIV and malaria, and the absence of any kind of support for those children. Thereafter, he started thinking about founding a non-governmental organization to support children in Africa.
November 15th, 2009
The opening of the first Community Centre
Wagner Moura returns to Mozambique, taking with him the resources from the charity fundraising event. He visits once more the villages and, with the help of some people he is taken to their chief - a spiritual and religious leader of the village to whom it is necessary to ask permission to do any kind of work with the community. He shows him the conceived project, based in 7 years of experience in assistencial work in Brazil, and he receives the permission.
He buys, in Maputo the tools to build the Centre, goes back to the villages and rent an old Portuguese house in a five-thousand-meter land. He hires local monitors and cooks, empowers them to fraternal work. Due to the cost, he estimates to shelter 35 children, but when they finish the registration, there are 70 children registered in urgent need there. The children had the necessity and Wagner had faith. With twice the number as planned, he opens the first Fraternity without Borders’ Community Centre in a Chokwe village.
They hired monitors, named by the locals, people who had finished 7th grade or less. These monitors were empowered as much as they
could, according to their experience, cooks were hired and natural leaders were sought, inside their own culture, leaders with and native games. The joy provided by the music, the body movement and leisure would also become part of the children’s lives. It was the basis model for activities, vocation for singing, dancing and native games. The joy provided by the music, the body movement and leisure would also become part of the children’s lives. It was the basis model for activities.
Years after the beginning of the project, the first sheltered children are now adolescents, and new challenges arise. In the villages, they have chance 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.
It was necessary to create new ways of working to support and guide them to the future. It is created, then, Projeto Jovem (Youth Project). The sponsors guarantee them continuity in education and the opportunity of learning a profession. Therefore, they improve self-esteem and keep such hope alive that it is possible to see it in their eyes.
Water for Africa
Beginning of drilling artesian wells in Mozambican villages. The access to water enables the beginning of sustainable cultivation practice, aiming food self-sufficiency of the project.
Treatment for children with Microcephaly
FWB embraces the cause for children with microcephaly, joining the work of the medical doctor and researcher Adriana Melo, responsible for the discovery of the association with Zika virus and microcephaly.
Fraternity Without Borders Conference
The first Fraternity without Borders Conference is held, aiming to strengthen the cause and the ties among the people who gathers together working for a better world.
Brazil, a sheltering heart
The Project “Brazil, a sheltering heart” is launched. Fraternity without Borders builds and keeps a sheltering centre, in Boa Vista, to support Venezuelan families that cross Brazilian border seeking for hope, struggling to overcome the worst humanitarian crises in their country.
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.
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.
Wagner returns from the trip to Africa, gather his closest friends and proposes the creation of the NGO. Fraternity without Borders is founded and, with a group of volunteers, an event for a thousand people was organized - a charity barbecue. The initiative yields R$ 25 thousand and, along with his closest friends, Wagner founds 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 arises. The monthly contribution of R$50 would guarantee one more child's enrollment and permanence in the project. Each person who sponsors the project would open vacancy for one more child. Single donations and events would be used on the reception centres structure and building. The invitation for sponsorship, gradually touched
many hearts, thousands of sponsors, in Brazil and abroad. Years later, in 2017, there was a necessary decision: the sponsorship wasn’t about sponsoring a specific child anymore, it became a project. That changed because the number of children enrolling in the project was way bigger than the capacity of building and equip the community centres. A campaign was launched, Estrutural Moçambique (Mozambique Structural) and the contribution of new sponsors was destined for building kitchens, bathrooms, rooms for pedagogical activities, enabling the minimum structure for receiving the kids. The sponsorship system is the heart of all project at FWB.
The fraternal movement builds a bakery in Muzumuia, where FWB opened the second community centre. The initiative provides for young people the opportunity of learning a profession and bread for a lower cost for the community.
Brazilians carry the message abroad and new volunteers join the movement, spreading the cause. On 01/20/2017, it was registered in Switzerland the Bruederlichkeit ohne Grenzen, in July the same year, in England, it was officially built Fraternity without Borders and the gathering of people from many countries strengthen the movement without borders.
Fraternity goes south on the island of Madagascar and starts the assistance for families that suffer from hunger and thirst, in one of the worst humanitarian crisis in the world. They immediately start an emergencial humanitarian action and, as planned, they start sheltering thousands of people.
Young Emmanuel Philharmonic Orchesta
The Jovem Emmanuel (Young Emmanuel) Philharmonic Orchestra becomes part of the projects of Fraternity without Borders, in Campo Grande, Mato Grosso do Sul state, 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!
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.