Active Citizens – resultados

Active Citizens – resultados


My dream is that it evolves as a training course that enables doulas to work in communities. I want to get to an audiovisual school in Morro da Providência, a film school for the “favela”. I want to be a bridge to other people. If Pedacinho de mim grows, it will fund all of our projects. And we want to train everybody, we want a crowd of active citizens. It’s very important that Brazil is represented
in this global network of projects, encouraging community
leaders, young people, training and building capacity. Brazil also has a lot to show
the rest of the world. To transform rundown areas into gardens, using the crotalaria, a plant that attracts the dragonfly,
Aedes Egypti’s natural predator. And we decided to create this space, inspired by other movie clubs that we know, as a place for debate, thoughts, philosophies, ideologies. We talk about women, maternity, pregnancy, physiology of childbirth, sexual and reproductive rights and our focus, the goal of the project  is to help reduce obstetric violence in “favelas”. Pedacinho de Mim is an atelier for
them to build their babies’ trousseaus, they give birth, they
can sell the products. This partnership with Museu Vivo
became very visible because it is a place with a beautiful story, identity, in a very poor region, where residents
have no idea of their history. It was very important because I got
to know how social projects work in the UK, social impact businesses and how they work, so I came back with a lot of energy. Last year I was trained as a facilitator in London. We brought back a range of activities and we had to choose the activities
that best related to our reality. We work with young people on reflection, how to understand who we are, what our values are, how our perspectives can impact our actions. The goal is to encourage debate, empathy, to make people realize their potential and succeed in making real change
happen in their communities. It was a great learning experience through dynamics, through
reflection, a lot of emotion. If I had not participated, I would
not have the same experience, I might not have the same perspective. The way you look at things change. You come back with a different
perspective, that you can do something. One of the goals of the project
is to create networks and we can see it’s happening. Camila and Raquel were from a different groups and, as their work developed, they ended up meeting and
creating several activities together. That, for us, is already a great success. She came here, I went there
to her group in Alemão and I realized how much in common
we have, we have very similar ideas. We even created a methodology to train multipliers
of pregnancy support groups in favelas. We were able to get support from the Undersecretary
of Infrastructure, thanks to the work done in Jardim Trindade. And, for São Gonçalo, that’s very important. we do not want to stop here, our intention is to take this projetct to every corner
of São Gonçalo, with the help of the community. This partnership is very important, it encourages young people to work,
plant and care about the environment. Last month I trained with a
super diverse group of women, indigenous people, women from the
Baixada, from Rio’s favelas, women need this space to
talk, express themselves, and we have great potential to be leaders. Choosing women, putting women at the forefront of these changes is critical. To be part of a programme where
women’s voices are fully heard, respected, it was a very good moment for me. I think we need to put a lot more women in there, train more women, with awareness
of their roles as citizens so they can make the changes that the men, who have been there for a long
time, have not been able to do. Personally it was very gratifying
to see the evolution of the projects. And now, a year later, seeing all this action
going on, it’s very gratifying and beautiful. I want to give thanks for this opportunity. the opportunity to do more for my city. British Council’s support is fundamental
because it is an well-known international body that can give consistency to
our programme, JIS Urbano. Wherever we go get help and support, having British Council’s seal
strengthens us with other partners. The future of the programme is very much in the
hands of the people who work within the projects, but it also depends on the resources of companies or
other agents of society that can help this project.

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