Currently our main focus is for a 4 year old boy named Rafael Fidalgo who lives in Algarve, Portugal. He suffers from Tibial hemimelia, a rare congenital disease characterized by tibial deficiency.
The Beneficencia Algarvia was founded 39 years ago by Luso-American immigrants (specifically from Algarve) in the New Jersey area. Today, we are still an immigrant founded and led organization that wants to remember and pay homage to our motherland, our people and our roots.
Over the last 39 years we have provided deserving people with medical procedures, general healthcare, mattresses, schooling, housing, food and human necessities. We believe that we have a moral obligation to help those in need.
We get asked a lot why we focus on helping a certain region of Portugal and that's a fair question. There are people all across Portugal in need, however, our members have far reaching influence in Algarve because it's where we grew up, where our parents/grandparents live, and where we are able to visit the people who apply for donations. We think we can do the most good and help the most people by focusing on our own communities. Thank you so much for learning a little about us and for helping those in need!
100% of donations will go to helping people in need.
More about Rafael:
Rafael was born with this disability and despite the numerous efforts of the family for surgery that would allow him to walk, he has been on the waiting list at the Hospital since birth. Rafael starts school soon and he would love to be able to do so on his own two feet. With your help, we can help pay for his surgery costs at the Hospital De Cruz Vermelha in Lisbon, Portugal. Please feel free to reach out to us if you have any more questions about Rafael.
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