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History and background

The grail movement in Brazil is part of the movement of the International Grail, founded in Holland in 1921 by Jesuit Father Jacques Van Ginneken and acts nowadays in the countries of Africa, Asia, America and Europe. The grail in Brazil began its activities between the years 1949 and 1951, in cities like Sao Paulo, Belo-Horizonte (MG) and Angra dos Reis (RJ), with the main objective of building a more just society with gender equality. The activities of the Grail have undergone several modifications over the years, however, always guided by the practice of popular education in the area of human and community development in urban and rural areas.


In the city of São Paulo, the team of the Grail movement that set there invested in realizing training programs with participation of women from Minas Gerais, São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and others countries. In Belo Horizonte programs took place from 1957 with the participation of women in the towns of Sete Lagoas, Bambuí, Divinópolis, Belo Horizonte and Pirapora.

Nowadays, the Grail has about 50 members who are active in the movement and in process of learning more about it. The most of them live in the state of Minas Gerais, but there are some members in the city of Angra dos Reis (RJ), Abadiânia and Brasília in the state of Goiás. Thus, spreading the activity of the Grail to other states of Brazil is one of the focuses of the training process of the Grail in Brazil.

The Grail is part of the Mineiro Forum about Popular Solidarity Economy and sits on the Municipal Council of Women's Rights. It is also a focus group of Women and Education network and is the headquarters of the Secretary of the Feminist Health Network, in the state of Minas Gerais/Brazil. Furthermore, it has consultative status with the Economic and Social Council of the UN since 1998.

The headquarters of the Grail’s movement in Brazil is located at Rua Pirapetinga, 390; serra, Belo Horizonte (MG).


Our Social Projects

The team from Belo Horizonte develops activities within the state and surroundings, and in Vale do Jequitinhonha.:

  • Health, Sexuality, Sexual and Reproductive Rights. Through these lines of action, the team develops topics such as sexually transmitted diseases, AIDS, Sexuality and Affection, Self-esteem, etc.
  • Popular Solidarity Economy, whereby the groups produce rugs, bags, necklaces, ornaments, pillows and more.

In Buritizeiro, the team develops activities in their own sub-headquarters of the Grail, located at Rua 21 de Abril n º 1393, Vila Maria in the district, and four settlements on land reform in rural areas (Settlement Saint Helena, San Francisco, and Jatoba of General Calixto). The following subjects are prioritized:

    • Digital Inclusion
    • Community health
    • Culture
    • Environment and sustainability
    • EPS, by which the team invests in the production of cooking of the cerrado (Brazilian savanna), such as candy, jelly, liquor, chocolates and others things.

      Rua Pirapetinga n º 390, Serra, Belo Horizonte/MG, CEP 30220-150
      Tel/Fax: (+55) (31) 3225-2224
      E-mail: graalbrasil at graalbrasil dof org dot br



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