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Less than a week after being named Champions of the 2014 Street Child World Cup in Rio de Janeiro, the Brazilian Girls Team returned to practice. The girls range from age 12 to 18 and come from Complexo da Penha and Vila Cruzeiro in Rio de Janeiro’s North Zone. They are all a part of the Favela Street organization which through soccer motivates and encourages girls who need structure, a safe environment and appreciation, to make and reach their life goals. After participating in the 10-day Street Child World Cup, the girls returned with energy, new friendships from around the world, and confidence to proudly say ‘I Am Somebody.’
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An initially peaceful protest held in Complexo de Alemão on the evening of Tuesday March 11, ended when police fired tear gas and gunshots. This escalated into an intense Military Police operation lasting several hours. The protest was organized by friends and family of two young people arrested on suspicion of involvement with the drug traffic.
The detainees, Kleyton da Rocha Afonso and Hallam Marcilio Gonçalves, were arrested the day before in an operation by Rio de Janeiro’s civil police to capture drug traffickers and suspects for the shooting and death of Pacifying Police Unit (UPP) officer Rodrigo de Souza Paes Leme on the More >
Rio de Janeiro is falling behind on its promise to plant 24 million trees to offset the carbon emissions produced as a result of hosting the 2016 Olympic Games. According to the official counter, just 5.5 million have been planted, and time is running out to get the remaining trees planted before the end of 2015 deadline. Back in September 2012, State Environment Secretary Carlos Minc was so confident of reaching the goal of 24 million trees he increased the target to 34 million. But with less than two years remaining before the set deadline and little more than that More >
Standing in the door to her home in the heart of Indiana, a small low-lying favela at the foot of Morro do Borel in Tijuca, North Zone, 82 year old Dona Maria Alves dos Santos explains that the threat of eviction is nothing new to her. She says, “Ever since I came here they’ve said [the community] is going to be removed, but it’s never happened.” A resident of Indiana since the community’s beginnings 50 years ago, she tells of how she expanded her neatly kept house over the years and raised her eight children and grandchildren in the favela. “I 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 >