Community in Action
Off the back of a shoot I had in Brazil I managed to extend my trip and spent a few weeks in Rio de Janeiro with my girlfriend, Arnelle. We worked closely with a local NGO, Community in Action to help tell some of the stories of the projects they support in the favelas. It was a truly amazing and humbling experience, we were super lucky to meet some incredible people that we’ve stayed in good contact with and hope to make regular trips back there.
Favela Phoenix is a free English school for residents of Rocinha, Brazil’s biggest favela that houses 150,000 - 300,000 people. Jody, who started the school is another guy from England who sort of just moved out there on a whim 4 years ago and has become very popular in the community after opening the school. The school is financially supported by the the favela tours he does daily for tourists, if you ever find yourself in Rio I would definitely suggest hitting him up! www.favelaphoenix.org
Spray Vida is a graffiti project that aims to brighten up the less well maintained areas of the favelas. Tourists will get involved for the day, spend time hanging out with the locals and get to know the community. It’s an awesome way for people to get really stuck whilst benefiting the place they’re visiting. www.facebook.com/sprayvida
Community in Action
The third video we made covers our personal experience from working with Community in Action. It tells an overall story of what they do and will be used to showcase their work to potential funders and future volunteers.
The people we met out there are really something else, despite the extreme living conditions a lot of them have to survive in they are some of the happiest and kindest communities I’ve been lucky enough to spend time with. CiA are always looking for volunteers so definitely worth dropping them a line if it looks like it could be your thing! www.communityinaction.org