Andy and Kati Walsh - Brazil

We are currently based in Leeds, but South America has never been far from our hearts. Andy is a dual citizen of the UK and Argentina and has been living in England for the past 25 years. Katiane (Kati) is from Brazil and moved to the UK more recently after we got married in 2014.

We first got to know each other and were married in Florianopolis in the south of Brazil. Having returned to Brazil on several occasions since, we have felt God calling us back there to work alongside some of the most marginalised sectors of the community that face social exclusion including those that reside in favelas. We want them to rediscover a life-changing hope in Jesus.


To bring the light of the gospel to marginalised sectors of the community through the unifying support of the local church in Florianopolis.


To establish and deliver a sustainable, social justice project that transforms communities by empowering and equipping young people to develop skills, character and confidence and thereby realising their full potential.

More about Andy and Kati Walsh

Drugs and gang violence are prevalent and growing social issues in Brazil such as poverty, the lack of resources such as rehabilitation and education programmes hold people back and perpetuate social disadvantage.

Kati, who is trained in law in Brazil, has many years’ experience of mentoring young people – particularly teenage girls who are susceptible to abuse and exploitation. Andy has a 20-year track record of working in and managing government-funded projects to help tackle homelessness, drug-related crime and initiatives to help people to secure employment.

With the support provided by Church Mission Society we will be working together with local churches and NGOs to help children and adults practically, socially and spiritually.

In Leeds, Andy presently works in a senior management position for a national housing association that provides housing solutions and specialist services for young people and adults who are socially excluded due to disabilities, mental health and homelessness.


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