Elan Gepner – The Art Of Equality – Finding Creative Solutions To Empower The Youth Of Brazil
[Elan Gepner – The Art Of Equality – Finding Creative Solutions To Empower The Youth Of Brazil]
Hello all, my name is Elan Gepner(Project Report) and I’m back in beautiful snowy Philadelphia after a month in beautiful Brazil. I went to Brazil (Rio de Janeiro) to explore education in some of the most impoverished communities in Rio de Janeiro. __ communities that grew over the last 40 or 50 years as people flocked to the city in search of jobs and opportunity with booming industry. My quest was to find out how education can be part of social transformation and specifically what form could actually empower youth and be a biggest part of personal transformation. For this search I looked into a number of Non-For-Profit and Non-Giver-Mental organizations, inside of Rio ranging from very small local communities based organizations, grass roots organizations as of communities in action to large international NGO’s such as the art of living foundation. As well as programs and initiatives and organizations sponsored by the government and working in conjunction with the government. Source: LYBIO.net
My wish there was to help people from the community to tell their own stories. I as coming in as a new eye to witness, to help share, to help understand, but at the end of the day I wanted their voice to speak, so I had to privilege to follow some folks who shared their story with me. In Cantagalo, one of the passive-fied communities I met a young man named Eduardo. And he spoke to me deeply about his friends, and what had it been like growing up in an environment of violence and limited opportunity.
Eduardo (Age 18)
I used to come up here with my friends from school but then most were arrested. None were killed but one was shot. And it’s sad man they all joined the drug trade and then invited me. And that’s in school, they started stealing suddenly and they robbed a pharmacy. After-wards they showed me the money and asked me if I wanted in. But it didn’t catch my eyes. A year later one was shot. Shot in the chest but the bullet left his back. And one was arrested. The one that was shot got out and then was arrested again. He was the wildest one, but was always good to me, my best friend.
As part of Karamba an amazing organization that does football, soccer with youth, from the favelas, I met a kid named Patrick who talked about deeply about how difficult it is these days amongst the violence to be a young man from the community and to be stereotyped and discriminated as such. How complicated it makes even the simple things things in life.
It’s been hard to catch the bus these days people assume you’re a gang member. Source: LYBIO.net They think we’re going to light the bus on fire so they don’t let us on. Sometimes I’ve had to ask the cop to stop the bus because if I’m alone, they drivers won’t stop for me.
on day I met Francine, a women who is taken the initiative to create a space for young kids to come together and have a safe environment when they are not in school. She takes particular providing them with nourishing music.
Francine (Community Volunteer, Cantagalo)
I love my community, I love this place, kids are the future of this place. I offer them good music for kids, which no longer exist here, most of the songs they hear are ugly, almost pornographic. I like this music, Xuxa, Balao Magico, oldies, from when I was a child because I know this is good stuff, today I am doing fine thank God.
In Complexida de ao Mao, one of the largest and notorious favelas in all of Rio de Janeiro where I spent much of my time, I met a man, Walmir, who has gone to incredible lengths for his own education, and is now creating change and leading others to this opportunity, he speaks powerfully about what it is to be without opportunity in this environment.
Walmir (President, Community In Action)
A person from the lowest class, that struggled, that lives in a favela who makes it into a school where even the middle class kids have a hard time entering, despite all the infrastructure they have at their disposal, the young person from the favela makes it but because of his inability to pay for books and transportation, he ends up having to quit, and leave his dream behind. Source: LYBIO.net A dream that’s not only his, but his families and communities. I get emotional when I talk about school because I couldn’t go for 13 years. I wanted to study so badly, I know the struggle of our youth. We’re massacred by the state, by our government, we’re not taken into consideration. If you live here, you’re stereotyped, seen as evil, this has to change.
These are about the few and very amazing people I met and shared their stories with me. What came out as a common truth with all the organizations and all of the communities was that in the end of the day it is individuals finding the means to pursue their dream are able to effect change across all broad base. When people are able to find a way to help youth believe in their own dreams, their own potential, their own capacity to be be the ages of change then there is infinite hope. It is my hope to help share the stories of those who found success, who have found some answers and to let that be an inspiration and a guide for all of us across the globe who face these issues. I’ll be working on this for the next month and I hope that you will stick with and check back to see how it evolves. Thank you very much, have a happy new year, peace. Source: LYBIO.net
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