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For original article by Fabio Brisolla in Folha de São Paulo, click here.
Nine out of ten residents of the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, under the age of 30, access the World Wide Web. The majority access the Internet on a computer from home and prioritize social media, such as Facebook, when online.
The above statements resulted from research conducted with residents between 15 and 29 years of age, from five different low income areas of Rio de Janeiro: Rocinha (South Zone), City of God (West Zone), Manguinhos (North Zone), Complexo do Alemão and More >
For original article in Folha de São Paulo in Portuguese click here.
According to research conducted by the project “Solos Culturais” (Cultural Grounds), the use of computers in favela residences has surpassed Internet access from ‘Lanhouses’ (as cybercafés are known in Brazil) – the traditional meeting point of Internet users in low income areas.
Business owner Alexandre Ferreira, 43 years old, had already noticed the change in habit.
“I founded one of the first cybercafes in Rocinha, but closed shop because demand slowed dramatically,” says Ferreira, who closed his business in 2010. With the More >
“There is no more pleasure over there on the Hill of Pleasures [Morro dos Prazeres]…” This line, from the composition by the songwriter and poet Paulo César Pinheiro, comes from the song ‘Nomes de Favela [names of the favelas]’, a typical samba sung with a mouth full of life and eyes full of tears.
Pinheiro’s song harks back to a time when making samba in Brazil was associated with being different. Today, people generally consider funk carioca, or just funk [a dance music style popular in favelas that developed from Miami Bass], and its practitioners to be in that position, regardless of More >
Parque Vivo (Living Park) is a project that works with children, youth and the elderly in Parque da Cidade, a small, relatively unknown but well-developed and well-located favela in Gávea, offering martial arts, aerobics, dance, English and many other classes. Parque Vivo’s programs aim to keep children and youth off the streets and keep the elderly active in the community. In addition to teaching classroom and life skills, Parque Vivo strengthens participants’ self-worth.
Find out about Parque Vivo’s Arts and Crafts and Muay Thai classes in this video prepared by students from the community:
Tour Parque da Cidade here:More >
The distance from the city Center of districts like Santa Cruz, Campo Grande, Bangu and others in Rio’s West Zone have always resulted in delayed development of the region, even with regard to programs designed for the urban periphery. Government neglect over many years spurred a group of residents, primarily from the Antares favela in the district of Santa Cruz, to organize themselves back in the 1980s to claim their rights as citizens. Over the years, and with the inclusion of new community leaders, the group solidified, institutionalized, and initiated what is today one of the first and only movements for More >