Bonn/Bremerhaven, 15 August 2017. In early 2016 torrential rainfall followed by flooding laid waste to large areas of the municipality of Rolândia in Brazil. Some 9,000 buildings, and large parts of the infrastructure of this municipality with a population of around 60,000, were destroyed. School buildings were closed due to the risk of collapse. The City of Rolândia in Brazil emerged from a German immigrant settlement in 1932. A copy of Bremen's Statue of Roland in the city centre serves as a reminder of the city's links with Bremen.
In 2016 the mayor of Rolândia appealed to Germans in Germany for help. Through the Senate Chancellery in Bremen and thanks to the personal engagement of a retired civil defence officer from Lower Saxony, official enquiries were made in Bremerhaven regarding possible support for the badly hit municipality. The municipal authorities decide to provide that support. Supported by the Small-Scale Project Fund delivered by Engagement Global's Service Agency Communities in One World, Bremerhaven sent two civil defence experts from its fire brigade. The Small-Scare Project Fund supports interested municipalities in embarking on new activities and partnerships for municipal development cooperation. Engagement Global operates on behalf of Germany's Federal Government, and is financed by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development.