A calling from the heart

A fraternal movement will always be written by many hands. Fraternity Without Borders was born after a calling of the heart. Wagner Moura, the founder, and president of FWB, was still a child when he found himself crying over hunger in the world. A pain that accompanied him through youth, when he was already engaged in volunteering on the outskirts the city he lives, and,  adult, it made him decide to go to Africa.

He chose Mozambique, a Portuguese-speaking country, located in the poorest area of the world, Sub-Saharan Africa - one million people suffer from hunger, six hundred thousand are orphans. There, it started the work of sheltering.

From those early days to today, a series of fortunate events have been making this fraternity story through Africa and for a peaceful world.

Watch the NGO founder and president Wagner Moura's interview, and find out how this story began.


First trip to Africa

In 2009, listening to his heart’s call, Wagner Moura traveled for the first time to Africa. He visited orphanages, nursing homes, met homeless children and, afterward, 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 starts thinking about founding a non-governmental organization to support children in Africa.

2009, November 15th

FWB Foundation

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.



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 welfare 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 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.


Sponsorship System

How is it possible to keep welfare work and create conditions to shelter even more children in extreme poverty? The sponsorship’s idea arises. The monthly contribution of R$50,00 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 centers 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 centers. 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.


Youth Project

Years after the beginning of the project, the first sheltered children are now young, and new challenges arise. In the villages, they have the 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.


Bakery Construction

The fraternal movement builds a bakery in Muzumuia, where FWB opened the second Community Center. The initiative provides for young people the opportunity of learning a profession and bread for a lower cost for the community. 


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.


International FWB

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.

February 2017

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.

February 2017

Madagascar Action

Fraternity goes south in 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 emergency humanitarian mission and, as planned, they start sheltering thousands of people.

March 2017

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.

October 2017

Young Emmanuel Philharmonic Orchestra

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.

November 2017

Brazil, a sheltering heart

The Project “Brazil, a sheltering heart” is launched. Fraternity without Borders builds and keeps a sheltering center, in Boa Vista, to support Venezuelan families that cross Brazilian border seeking for hope, struggling to overcome the worst humanitarian crises in their country.