One man’s journey into
the City of God
Let’s start at the beginning. After the tsunami in December of 2005, Ben felt a strong desire to travel to India and help those in need. While witnessing the devastation and extreme poverty he met a Brazilian couple who told him of a shanty town in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil called “Cicade De Deus” or “City of God”.
They told him that things there are even worse than the conditions he was witnessing in India. Ben did some research and found out that there were hundreds of children living in the slums of this city. He also found out that the government had put many of these children in the street after closing an orphanage that housed over 300 children ages one to 12.
Ben knew that’s where he needed to be so he packed up and traveled to Brazil to help the children in the City of God. He only planned on being there a year working as a researcher.
It took some time to be accepted there, they don’t really let many people in, Ben explained.