Museum of Migration and Communities

Charitable Associations

THE Portuguese who emigrated to Brazil throughout the 19th century had two major concerns within the associative scope: education and assistance .

At the time, assistance to children, sickness and old age was attributed to the church, the “Santas Casas de Misericórdia” the Third Orders and the Brotherhoods.

Many lived in uncomfortable places such as attics, warehouses and in shops abandoned to fever and, when they died, the widow or children did not have any support from the State, not even from the companies and how many times, without any support from the family that had stayed in Portugal.

That’s why, in 1840, Portuguese emigrants in Rio de Janeiro got together to found Beneficência.


The Portuguese Beneficence – Rio de Janeiro

The Portuguese Beneficence of São Paulo 

0s 150 years of the Portuguese Beneficence of São Paulo 

Portuguese Charitable Hospital – Perbambuco 

Royal Portuguese Charitable Hospital in Pernambuco

Portuguese Beneficence of Pelotas 

D.Pedro V First Aid Box 

Portuguese Charity of Porto Alegre


Portuguese Beneficence of Pará 


Portuguese Charity of Bagé  



Portuguese Charity of Rio Grande 



Royal Conde de Matosinhos Beneficent Association – Rio de Janeiro – 1885



Portuguese Benevolent Society – Manaus  


Portuguese Beneficence Society – Santos  and 


Council of the Luso-Brazilian Community of Pará (May 30, 1954)


Fraternity of the Sons of Lusitania – Rio de Janeiro – 1882


Congregation of  Portuguese Artists of Rio de Janeiro – 1883

Royal Association of Portuguese Artists  of Rio de Janeiro – 1863

Portuguese Gymnastic Club of Rio Janeiro – 1868 


Portuguese Beneficence Society – Campinas – 1873  and 


Luís de Camões Memory Benefit – Rio de Janeiro



Portuguese Beneficence Society – Campos – 1852


Azorean Fraternity Society – Rio de Janeiro – 1881