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“I just want to be happy, walk with tranquility in the favela where I was born. And be proud and have the awareness that a poor person has his place… My dear authorities, I don’t know what to do anymore. With so much violence I am afraid to live. Because I live in the favela I am disrespected. Sadness and joy walk hand-in-hand… While the rich live in a beautiful house, the poor are humiliated and demoralized in the favela… All I ask of the authorities is a bit more competence.”
(Rap da Felicidade by Cidinho)
These lyrics come from a song named ‘Rap More >
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Marcos Rodrigo, also known as ‘Wark da Rocinha’ has been the favela’s premier graffiti artist for ten years now. The Rocinha native pioneered the graffiti movement in Brazil’s largest favela, which has garnered him attention and handshakes from prominent Brazilian leaders including Lula da Silva, Brazil’s former president. Wark also holds frequent exhibitions in the city and his commissioned works command thousands of Reais.
Two years ago, the graffiti artist decided to give back to the younger members of his community, so he founded Instituto Wark, a school for youth in Rocinha to learn and practice art-making. With his students, Wark creates public graffiti pieces More >
Rarely are rights and obligations emphasized as two sides of the same coin as is systematically done by Associação da Conscientizção dos Direitos e Deveres das Comunidades do Estado no Rio de Janeiro (ACONDEC), an association dedicated to youth inclusion and community development.
Founded by Cristina Costa in 2005, ACONDEC aims to improve the lives of residents in Complexo da Penha through community development. Complexo da Penha, referred to simply as Penha, is located in Rio’s dramatically underserved North Zone. Like many communities in Rio, Penha faces challenges of access, government support and equal opportunity. But, as Cristina puts it, in More >