Posts tagged CEDAE
On Sunday February 22, some 20 activists gathered in Praça São Judas Tadeu, outside the bondinho (tram) station leading up to the Christ the Redeemer statue, in Rio’s leafy Cosme Velho neighborhood. Hailing from Cerro Corá, a favela just five minutes walk from this busy tourist spot, they wanted to combat the invisibility of Rio’s favelas and “show Cariocas and tourists what happens underneath Christ the Redeemer.”
The activists, members of Cerro Corá–Moradores em Movimento, highlighted a number of issues currently facing Rio’s favelas: home demolitions and evictions, failure of basic services such as water and electricity, and police violence against favela residents all More >
José Luiz da Silva Soares, known as Luiz Soares, is the Social Mediator at the Manguinhos Park Library. Luiz is 41 years old, was born in Tijuca, and lived in various neighborhoods of Rio de Janeiro before moving to the Complexo de Manguinhos favela in the North Zone of Rio in 1995. As he was already an adult, it was a big change in his life. Despite this, Luiz never left. “The good things we see in the favela are solidarity, friendship, union—this is really cool, this is priceless,” he says.
He started to become involved in social work in several communities More >
Last Wednesday December 11, heavy rains devastated large parts of Rio de Janeiro’s urban metropolitan region as rivers overflowed, areas flooded completely and landslides occurred on some hillsides. It’s estimated that at least four people died and around 6,000 people have lost their home and belongings. The worst affected areas are located in Rio’s North Zone and, just further north and outside city limits, the Baixada Fluminense, lower-income regions where the historic absence of the state has been felt in the relief effort as community organizations have mobilized to support those affected, while criticisms of uncoordinated, contradictory and culpable government action More >
For the original by Sílvia Noronha in Portuguese in Maré de Notícias click here.
The precariousness of public services in Maré sets the tone of the functions carried out by the neighborhood associations. Generally, these institutions have the responsibility of fighting for residents’ interests, lobbying the government so the community can enjoy their rights to health, urban infrastructure, leisure, education, etc. However, here in Maré, the role of the associations goes above and beyond: they must also act as if they were a sub-division of the government. In other words, they get their hands dirty—including in the sewer, as is the case of More >
In a city full of beautiful distractions—nature, people, music—it is often easy to forget what is going on beneath your feet. However, for officially more than a quarter of the population in Rio de Janeiro, but likely much more, what is happening, or more appropriately, not happening, is difficult to ignore. According to the Ministry of Cities, 30% of the population in Rio de Janeiro is not connected to a formal sanitation system, and even in areas with formal connections, only about half of sewage waste is treated before entering into waterways and eventually the ocean.
These figures are a best case scenario, More >