Archive for July, 2013
Vale Encantado, a tranquil favela located in the heart of the Tijuca Forest, has developed a creative solution to ensure the historic community’s future development in light of limited public investments: residents are working to create a model of sustainability for favelas across Rio and beyond.
Vale Encantado has been a model in sustainability for many years, and their efforts are always expanding. The community grows much of their own food, and has installed solar panels in one home with the hopes of expanding the project throughout the community. The Vale Encantado Cooperative, headed by Otávio Barros, runs an eco-tourism business, More >
For the original by Jamil Chade in Portuguese in Estado de São Paulo click here.
Pope Francis attacked the strategy of “pacification” used in the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, warning that while social inequality is not resolved, “there is no lasting peace.” On Thursday July 25, in the Varginha favela in Rio, he gave one of the most important speeches related to social issues during his pontificate, and urged youth to continue pushing for improvements as a sign of his support for the protesters who have taken to the streets of Brazil since June.
The Pope further added: the greatness of a nation can only More >
For the original by Elenilce Bottari in Portuguese in O Globo click here.
They have no doubt that “what they did to Bull was a great cruelty.” This is how residents, friends and family have described what happened to Rio resident Amarildo de Souza, who has been missing since July 14th, when he was taken “for questioning” by police officers of the Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) in Rocinha. Amarildo is an assistant bricklayer, born and raised in the community. In his 42 years, he never got above the poverty line and has always lived in the little known area of Pocinho, which is dominated More >
For the original in Portuguese on Canal iBase click here.
A heated debate took place at the Engineering Club last Friday July 19 over the Rio state government’s attempt to install a cable car in Rocinha. Amongst over 120 attendees were many Rocinha residents, who were protesting against the cable car, arguing that the priority for the community is basic sanitation. In terms of mobility, the architect Luiz Carlos Toledo stated that a funicular tram, planned in Rocinha’s first urbanization plan in 2007 is not only much cheaper, but also would not drain local business, as a cable car would.
Toledo tore apart the More >
For the community of Varginha in Complexo de Manguinhos, a complex of favelas in Rio’s North Zone, the imminent visit of Pope Francis this week is a great honor. Pope Francis is in Rio for World Youth Day, his first international trip since his enthronement. Luiz Soares, 40, who has lived in Varginha since 1995, talks of how “a person who is famous and respected worldwide will walk on the same ground as we live,” comparing it to the great honor of Mother Teresa’s visit to the community in 1972.