The Olympics are on, at the moment, and this brings Brazil into the highlight. There is much more to Brazil than Rio de Janeiro. When we were in Brazil, Luz Ignacio (Lula) da Silva was President and the country was in a powerful growth spirt. Lula, coming from humble origins and of little education, knew what the people needed. In 1978 he became President of the Steel Worker’s Union. In the 1970’s Brazil was under military rule and Lula, a true activist, organized many union activities including major strikes. He was President of Brazil for two terms – January 2003 until January 2011. He was diagnosed with throat cancer and was forced to retire for cancer treatment. As President he instigated many social programs such as “Bolsa Familia” family allowance and “Fome Zero” zero hungry. In his parting speech he said “If I failed, it would be the worker’s class which would be failing; it would be this country’s poor who would be proving they did not have what it takes to rule”. During our stay the people were happy and upbeat. It was a country on the ascendance. It was a country full of history and promise. Manaus is a city deep in the heart of the Amazon. In this video you will hear about some of our experiences there. 3:50 mins. 2MB.