Do you want to know more about our Work? Take a look at the questions and answers that we put together! Your question wasn’t answered? Write to us!

Quer saber mais sobre nossa Obra? Consulte a lista de perguntas e respostas que preparamos! Sua pergunta não foi respondida? Mande um email para secretaria@fraterinternacional.org.

About the Entity:

The Fraternity – International Humanitarian Federation (FFHI), a non-governmental organization and international entity for humanitarian assistance, is supported exclusively through donations, without being paid for the services it provides. The activities it carries out are voluntary, altruistic and selfless. It eventually opens up selection processes for job vacancies in the Humanitarian Missions when the humanitarian response requires qualified professionals for specific functions, and there is a budget foreseen for this in partnership with other agencies.

Do you want to be a part of the team of the Humanitarian Fraternity (FFHI)? Be a volunteer!

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Answer: The Humanitarian Fraternity (FFHI) carries out its projects thanks to the spontaneous donations it receives. Each collaboration is very important!

If you too feel the impulse to collaborate, it is possible to make a donation through PayPal, a credit card, a bank transfer, a deposit, or personally in the Nuclei and Communities. For more information on the various ways, go to this link: https://www.fraterinternacional.org/en/donations/

 

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Go to our webpage https://www.fraterinternacional.org/na-midia/. Here you will find updated contact information for our Communications Sector, and you can also register as a reporter.

About being a Missionary:

Those who wish to join the Group of Missionaries of the Fraternity – Missions (FMHI) should write to secretaria@fraterinternacional.org.

New employees are firstly registered, then an approximation is scheduled by phone or videoconference, after which, the possibilities of participation in an event or activity are evaluated.

Missionary training is usually based on the missionary’s experience, training and possibly involve preparatory activities in Carmo da Cachoeira (the Mission’s headquarters) and in other places of training, such as Argentina and Uruguay, so that the new employee can move on to larger missions, such as in Roraima or Colombia. We emphasize that, while the pandemic imposes traveling restrictions, training and preparatory activities have been suspended both in our headquarters—in the city of Carmo da Cachoeira, Brazil—and in Argentina and Uruguay.

The main function of the Missionary activity is to disseminate love through action. Any individual over the age of 18 may apply to participate in the activities, provided that he or she is willing to give and collaborate. There is no age limit, however, depending on the nature of the humanitarian or emergency response, something balanced will be accordingly designated to each person’s current conditions.

Preparation occurs daily while the individual goes through the missionary experiences and participate in specific training activities proposed by the institution (for example, the modules of Humanitarian Missionary Training and Formation with the Sphere Manual).

“For the Fraternity – Missions (FMHI), much more important than the academic training of its collaborators is to offer the opportunity for them to practice such principles as fraternity, unity of purpose, service to the realms of nature, donation, austerity, transparency, ethics, legality, obedience, promptness, humbleness, and selflessness…”

To read a little more about some of the principles that permeate the work, go here.

Fraternity – Missions (FMHI) is a non-profit institution that aims at voluntary and selfless service. It is maintained by donations.

Employees who enroll in missionary activities stay in the Luz Figueira Community. The hosting system with meals is free of charge. Most produce are grown in the community organically and with pure seeds, without genetic manipulation of any kind. Thus, it is necessary that residents, employees and visitors assist in tasks such as cleaning spaces, in the preparation of food, group task forces, harmonization (cleaning) of the external area, and other basic activities.

Each person can collaborate with voluntary and spontaneous donations. It is possible to make your donation in person, in boxes located in specific areas or directly to the coordinators, as well as remotely through the website clicking this link. The costs to arrive at the Community are born by each employee.

To stay in a Light Community, you are asked to bring bed linen and bath clothes.

  • Winter clothes (hat, sweater, socks)
  • Trail and work shoes (preferably closed)
  • Rain boot
  • Raincoat
  • Rubber glove for cleaning
  • Protective glove
  • Cap
  • Solar Filter
  • Flashlight
  • Water bottle for personal use
  • Backpack or side bag
  • Padlock
  • Masks for individual use (during the pandemic)

In addition, each mission has its peculiarity, which is informed both by the Missionary Secretariat and by the Coordination of the Mission in question.

Attention: at this stage of the pandemic, the Light Communities are not open due to quarantine, and missionary preparation is inactive for the same reason.

A missionary should be ready to meet any demand that arises within a mission and is within reach of his or her possibilities. So the garment should be comfortable, light, allowing movement and neutral. The use of shorts, Bermuda shorts and dresses is not allowed.

All employees wear the official missionary uniforms, which must be returned at the end of the cycle of activities. Clothing/uniform is also an individual protective equipment.

To participate in a mission on behalf of the Fraternity – Missions (FMHI) it is necessary to undergo missionary training, which consists of missionary experiences, training and possible preparatory activities.

Integration and learning time vary according to each person. To wear the uniform of the Fraternity – Missions (FMHI) in a mission, the missionary must gradually manifest the principles that are shared in the missionary training.

When a collaborator is on a mission, it is understood that his or her priority is to be able to meet the demands and needs of the people and communities served by the Humanitarian Mission. His or her intervention should be the manifestation of the principles and attitudes of the institution – such as readiness and alignment – since he/she will be representing it. The Fraternity – Missions (FMHI) also seeks to ensure “care for caregivers”, enabling, whenever necessary, moments of openness and restoration. However, these moments are not understood as tourism.

About the Light-Community:

To get to know the Figueira Light-Community, and find out how to get there, you can make contact by phone or email:
Tel: (35) 3225-3102 and (35) 999113714 or Email: acolhimento@comunidadefigueira.org.br

Because of the pandemic, at this time the Figueira Light-Community is not receiving people, obeying the health guidelines and protocols of the official national and local health agencies.

The Figueira Light-Community and its activities are supported by spontaneous donations of those who collaborate in the Work, as well as those that go to the Community.

Relating to the costs of visiting the Figueira Light-Community, be prepared for the travel expenses both coming and going, as the nearby city is small and with few banking services.

When making contact for information on finding out about the Community, all information necessary for your stay will be provided.

We emphasize that life in the Light-Community is simple in all ways of its expression: in the food, in the lodging, in the clothes.

In the Figueira Light-Community, people dress simply and discretely.

We recommend the use of appropriate clothes and shoes, that provide personal comfort and safety for daily activities, including work outdoors and in nature.

The weather usually changes in temperature throughout the day, requiring warm clothing at dawn and dusk, and lighter clothes during the day. A raincoat is also necessary.

If you feel an affinity for community life, with the practice of a fraternal life and all that this implies;
If you love working with music that is born of the heart;
If you love contact and work with Nature, such as crops, vegetable gardens, orchards and animals;
If you love praying, working and contemplating;
If you are determined to practice compassion and, together with us, wish to build for the Common Good;
Then you will be welcome.