Local markets in Rocinha. RAW
Playing with barbies brought me back a lot of good childhood memories…
I was probably having just as much fun as they were!
Let kids be kids! ~
FAVELA VILA CRUZERIO – Bairro da Penha
Some people live in Rio they’re entire lives and have never been to one of the Favelas (slums).
As a tourist if you want to experience a different reality and the contrasts of this city and social discrepancies please make sure to take all the necessary precautions!
1) Going with a couple of people – including at least 1 local ( someone that actually lives in the favela and knows its rules and rulers);
2)Being introduced to representatives of NGA’s, community leaders and making sure the army knows you are in there
3) Keep it low key. Make up free, no purses, jewelry or any flashy things – just an id, a cell phone and some change in your pocket.
are the very minimum precautions.
Visiting Project “Attitude Social” – a project run by locals (with some outside support) that is helping kids through sports in one of the most dangerous favelas of Rio – Vila Cruzeiro / Bairro da Penha.
Projeto Atitude Social soccer field
Favela Vila Cruzerio – Bairro da Penha
This is the actual field where current famous players such as Ronaldo and Adriano had their first contact with soccer.
These famous soccer players are more than a sports hero to these kids… they are role models and their stories give these kids hope that they too have a shot to change their reality.
It was nice joinning all the soccer fun
- with the kids and the local coach.
I even found a super cute girl who was killing most of the boys in the field! She tried to teach me a few moves,,,
To my surprise… I found out that I wasn’t born with any soccer player skills! :-)
After the game
with MMA fighter known as “Relma” who is teaching local kids jiu jitsu and mixed martial arts free of charge to keep them out of drugs and local crime.
Relma’s improvised jiu-jitsu studio
I learned a few moves! watch out! ~
Here bellow he is proud to show me a few articles for winning some MMA titles with no/very little sponsorship
and some local media news ackowloging the work he has been doing to help the kids in the comunity he was born and raised
Visiting Complexo do Alemao.
Complexo do Alemao includes 11 distinctive favelas.
When looking from above
You can’t see where it starts nor where it ends.
It was much , much bigger than anything I could have imagined…
Until a few months ago would have been much riskier to visit these areas because even the police couldn’t come in.
Now In hopes to pacify these communities and keep them away from the drug lords rulings,after a lot of work and a little bit of a “civil war” brazilian government has put the army in these areas.
The plan is: once the area has been “successfully” pacified the army leaves and the police (upp) takes over as it has already happened in other favelas of Rio but not yet at none of the 11 favelas in Complexo do Alemao.
D on’t try this…