Today was our final day in Rio. It has been in incredible and eye opening experience for all of us. On behalf of everyone in the project I wanted to say a massive thanks to everyone who got involved and took the time out to come see us during our time there. We learnt a lot about the Rocinha and favela life and it was a great experience. We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves and are excited to come back again to further our project!
Thanks again to everyone
Today was a busy day for us. In the morning we got up early to go and see the breathtaking Christ the Redeemer. It was an awe inspiring site despite it being quite misty morning.
In the afternoon we linked up with Enactus Rio. They explained to us the project they were doing at Copacobana beach helping the fisherman there gain a fairer price and to improve the general operations and livelihood of the people involved within the project. It was very useful and insightful to here what they had to say, as they did win there Enactus national competition we listened carefully! We then hiked up Sugarloaf's sister mountain 'Urca' to see the sunset. It was a beautiful sight and we had a lot of fun with the Enactus Rio team. We want to say a big thankyou to Henrique and Pedro for meeting with us.
It was great day, see below for a picture of both team at the top of the mountain.
It was an early start for us today as we went to meet a neighbouring project called Emzingo who conduct social enterprise projects all around Brazil. We met up at a local football ground at the top of the Favela. We decided to have Enactus/Emzingo vs the locals at the favela. It was fair to say that they were going easy on us! However was an extremely enjoyable match with both teams showing flurries of brilliance.
We then got split off into two groups and this gave our team a chance to et a tour around with Jody King. He spoke with enthusiasm about the importance of football and the education for the children in the Favela.
It was a great day, see below for a team picture took at the end of the game.
We started off the day by going to out partner's appartment to have an interview with him about what his experiences living in the Favela have been like. The impression that we got from him is that the Favela is in need of proper sanitation and services for it to properly prosper. He is passionate about Rocinha and wants his community centre to contribute you e enrichment of the resident's lives.
He then proceeded to take us to visit one of the Favela's residents association. Here they deal with any discrepancies involving the general public of Rocinha an have been going for over 50 years. He also took us to see the gallery of the famous Wark. He does street art which can be found all around Rio and has become quite renowned. See below for a picture of the team and Wark at his gallery.
Today was a relaxing day for us, we so most ode day thinking of different fundraising ideas that we will use over the summer and the start of next term. We also used it to pool together the objectives for Enactus's 'summer action' period.
In the evening we interviewed one of our tour guides Jody King about his take on life in the Favela's. He mentions that the people are what makes the Favela so special and the fact that he feels very welcomed each day.
Just a short one for today.
Today we had an early start as we paid a visit to the estate agency in the Favela with Zezinho. However we didn't view any properties that particular day as he was all booked up. The estate agent was very nice and said he had a number of properties lined up for us to see.
We spent the afternoon doing odd admin tasks for Vida. Later on we went to a local football match at the Marcana Stadium, it was between Fluminese and Ponto Preta. The match was thoroughly anthralling and the atmosphere was fantastic! All in all a good mixture of project work and fun. Fantastic!
Today we visited a project called Oficina do successo which is a place which helps the kids from the favela develop skills for the future. They have any classes ranging from music to classes on how to be successful and self development. We had a talk with one of the volunteers who worked there called Leca who talked about how she was passionate and dedicated to making sure these kids get the opportunity they need to have a bright future.
After this Zezinho took us to see bibliotheca which is a government funded community centre/library which offers space for many different activities such as DJ schools and Capiwera. It was fantastic to see such a good facility in the Favela dedicated to improving kids education.
Finally we went back to Oficina do successo to sit in a class which was going on, the class was on how to e successful and the threats and obstacles that exist when trying to get there. It was fascinating to see how the class was carried and how engaged the kids were (even though we didn't speak Portuguese!).
The kids were truly inspirational and it was a pleasure to meet them all. See below for a picture of us and the class.
Bring on day 5!