Brava Disabled Foundation is a non-profit organization that was inaugurated as an extension of Brava’s ongoing need for assistance. The foundation was birthed out of a visit, to Brava, by the, now, President and Founder-Joe Goncalves, who upon numerous encounters with many deficient individuals was moved to make a difference. Upon returning to America, he shared his experience with a few like-minded friends and acquaintances, who joined forces and hearts with him in the cause. The goal as a non-profit charitable organization is to bring benefits to those with special needs.
The area of service selected was aid to the island’s least fortunate inhabitants (those with special needs), who lack medical intervention and element. These individuals, who suffer from physical and mental ailments, are often left without essentials due to their impoverished state and lack of available means to meet their needs. They vary from children to adult and so do their needs. This is where Brava Disabled Foundation enters the area with hope and a helping hand.
Brava being the smallest of the Cabo Verde Islands, has always trailed the others in many areas to include: job opportunities, scholastic advancements, medical facilities and as well as personal care and relief. The foundation’s objective is monthly financial support to those in need of food and monetary aid for medical treatment. This, oftentimes, means a ferry ride to the adjacent islands of Fogo and or Santaigo, for a better medical assessment, as Brava’s hospital, is limited in regard to the capacity of advanced medical care.