Archive for December, 2011
Reprinted from Portuguese article here.
Water for Everybody. When you see it you imagine a genuine project from a serious government and one of the largest water distribution companies in Rio. But in reality, it’s not what it seems. I am going to explain why. My name is Jorge, I was elected (President of the Neighborhood Association) by a community who prides itself on fair and clean elections. Nobody put me arbitrarily in this is role, as was done for years. One year and 3 months ago I was invited to to attend a meeting at the Panamá Municipal School and it More >
Brazil’s first favela, Morro da Providência (Providence Hill), was built by veterans of the Canudos War. Thousands of soldiers flocked to Rio when the war ended in 1897, because the government had offered them housing in the nation’s capital. Veterans built provisional shelters on the hill while they awaited the promised housing. When it never materialized, the initial settlement grew into a permanent community originally called “Morro da Favela” or “Favela Hill,” named after the shrubby plants soldiers had lived amongst during their battles in the Northeast. Freed slaves and their descendants joined the original settlers, arriving in search for jobs in More >
“Now, we will pay our historic debt to Rocinha. The UPP Social will be here every day, represented by our local managers. History has changed: the city will no longer be divided but become integrated” — Ricardo Henriques
Three days after the successful occupation of the communities of Rocinha and Vidigal, during the BOPE meeting in Rocinha, it was time for Ricardo Henriques, the Coordinator of the UPP Social to sing his song of a better future. Big promises of universal trash collection, improved infrastructure, widespread culture and sports facilities, and high quality health services were made, accompanied by powerful buzzwords. A ‘finely More >