Ballet and Boxing in the Favelas: Visiting local communities

Those of you who have seen the award winning Brazilian film City of God, or even the more recent Elite Squad 1 and 2 might be curious about the realities of life in the poorest communities of Brazil’s largest cities.  Often referred to as slums, shanty towns or favelas, these growing communities are playing a large role in megacities around the world.

Of course as shown in the films, life in these communities can be tough and there is violence, but perhaps surprisingly, two thirds of these communities in Brazil have sanitation, and more than 90% have water, electricity and waste collection. 

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(Photo by F. Antunes)

On the second day of the Brazil Inspiring Adventure, we plan to visit Brasilandia, a low income community in the north of São Paulo city.  We shall see with our own eyes what life is like, and visit some of the organisations making a difference, and improving their local community.

During the visit we will be able to visit to a community run organic garden, and find out about a conservation project for the forests in the surroundings areas. 

We’ll have the opportunity to buy some hand made recycled products designed by a ladies’ cooperative, visit the poorest areas, see the street art, meet some of the inhabitants, learn folkloric songs and dances and discuss the changes that the community is going through and how they are helping each other to improve their lives.

Professor Graziella, PhD. MBA. from the University of Sao Paulo, has offered to join us for the beginning of this trip into Brasilandia, and tell us about the projects she has encountered through out the years, setting the scene for understanding social enterprise and development in Brazil. Professor Grazilella is a social enterprise expert, and is the Deputy Coordinator of the Center for Social Entrepreneurship and Management in the Third Sector.

Finally, when we visit Rio, we’ll also visit one of the communities there, called Cantagalo.  You can see a video of Cantagalo on the BBC website here – you might be surprised to see the ballet and boxing classes. The video introduces us to the young entrepreneur who wants to change people’s perception of life in these communities.

As you can see, it may not be what you expect.

 

Join the first Inspiring Adventure to Brazil in October 2012!

I’m gathering people who are interested in joining inspiring adventures.  I will organise these adventures for us, and we will all be part of creating the adventure, and the inspiration.  

 

The first inspiring adventure is planned for Brazil in October 2012.  If you’d like to join this trip, be involved in it’s creation, or find out more information, sign up to the newsletter list now.  All the detailed information, booking instructions and latest information will run through that.  

 

The plan, which is subject to change based on subscriber suggestions, is:

 

Two nights in the amazingly positive and energetic Rio De Janeiro visiting the sights, the beaches and inspiring social enterprises like Fight for Peace

 

Two nights in the vibrant Sao Paulo, visiting places like the Hub Sao Paulo, a community of social entrepreneurs, and perhaps meeting the curator of the Sao Paulo Museum of Modern Art 

 

Two nights visiting the incredible Iguassu Falls on the border with Argentina, and visiting one of the biggest bird parks in Brazil, run with social and ethical values. 

 

And for those of you truly interested taking a crash course in social enterprise, tickets are now available for the Social Enterprise World Forum taking place on the 16-18th of October 2012 in Rio.

 

This, along with each others company, conversation and stimulation, will provide the perfect situation for inspiration and adventure.  

 

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