Salvador da Bahia is the capital and major port city of the Bahia state in the north-east of Brazil. More than 2.9 million people live here.
Brazil’s fourth largest city faces many challenges: inequality, racism and high levels of poverty. For example, half of the population lack decent housing.
Children and young people growing up here need extra support so that they can grow up safely.
Since 1980, SOS Children’s Villages has been supporting children, young people and families and advocating for their rights in Salvador da Bahia.
Around 12% of population in the Bahia state live in extreme poverty.
Regional poverty in Brazil’s north-east forces 1.9 million children (some as young as 5) and young people to work.
Over 500,000 children in the Bahia state, where Salvador da Bahia is located, are engaged in street food vending. To support their family, children prepare or sell food on the streets for a basic gross income of $21.26 a day. A study by Universidade Federal da Bahia found that young men make up a majority of street food vendors.
Around 125.2 million Brazilians experienced some level of food insecurity in 2022. This means that they didn’t have consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.
The north and north-east regions, where Salvador da Bahia is located, are most affected by the lack of food. In 2022 floods and landslides forced close to 147,700 people in Bahia and Minas Gerais to leave their homes. Since 75% of the affected land was in rural areas, crops were destroyed. This lead to food shortages, and it was low-income families who were most affected.