Foundation Donates to Shine a Light’s Favela News Project

“Even among chaotic Brazilian cities, Recife is notable for its unfriendliness to small children, especially poor children. • Playgrounds and public spaces are almost exclusively centered in rich neighborhoods (and those in favelas are shamefully neglected); • public education is extremely poor and public day-care almost inexistent; • a high murder rate reflects quotidian violence in the streets; • transportation for children and their parents is slow, violent, and inefficient; • trash and sewage management is deplorable; • and public health care is a constant source of complaint. Over the last three and a half years of work, FavelaNews has developed an important communications and social network to offer young people symbolic alternatives to crime, showing that open-source journalism can give other possible paths to recognition and political change. With Caminhos da Primeira Infância, and in collaboration with the new Ciranda Collective (5 NGOs in Recife working to change public policy for children) we turn this social network to the challenges faced by young children and their families: discovering exactly what difficulties they face, disseminating useful solutions to other families and communities, and creating a network of parents to pressure city hall to implement policies that make Recife a more friendly city for small children.”
Kurt Shaw
Executive Director

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