Dear World Pulse sisters, I know I spent some time without having an effective participation with women, but this needs to be changed. I want to be closer to everyone.
I have always acted with my body present in social actions within the favela of Cidade de Deus, for 47 years, experiencing situations of conflict violence, specializing in resolving different situations where social chaos was fixed. I contributed with and without fear, my courage came from experiencing my past. I am a survivor of several social issues. I'm not complaining, I'm saying. It is possible to survive chaos, the tool is to study and work without losing the look of compassion. And I did that for most of my life.
In the last few years I decided to contribute with people who dealt with the collective and did not find it easy to get resources. So I started to elaborate projects for them.
I managed to transform a space that sold alcoholic beverages into a Culture Center for children and young people. And the alcohol there in that space didn't come in anymore, just the smile and the children's desire to learn; I looked for resources to finance for 8 years a community newspaper in Cidade de Deus giving voice to the community, I did a construction project that was also approved and I helped him managerial for two years for an 82 year old lady turned to seamstresses, several women learned to to sew. I did not stop there to value the Culture of my State / Rio de Janeiro-Brazil, I wrote a project for the maintenance, purchase of musical instruments and uniforms of the Folia de Reis of Mestre Miitão which was also approved, for Mrs. Anahyde dos Santos Muniz I wrote a project for a book, making your book and showing the value of an 83 year old woman, which encouraged many others to participate in Saraus. I learned to be invisible physically and present in my writing.
I started looking at my time and what I can still do, and last year I released my book “200 Gritos por liberdade” is a poetry book, there are 200 poems. After the book, I found myself not so collective, and went through moments of reflection. AH! I almost forget, I'm also making a CD with 16 songs and making simple illustrations ...
The book talks about serious issues, such as lack of commitment of public policies towards human beings, little case with life, killing of young blacks in the favela, prejudice, struggle, women who seek to save the land, in short, there are 200 poems and the approach is broad, to disseminate the book I make short videos that I post on social networks and this covers viewing and takes the word to other places. I haven't had a financial return yet, but the feedback from the comments shows that I'm on the right track. I would love to translate them and post them for you. I need guidance.
As for the illustrations, a group of women who make hand embroideries at Cais do Porto - Praça Mauá / Rio de Janeiro, The women group Tramas do Porto uses in addition to the illustrations, excerpts from a song I made for them, they embroider the drawings and the letters on clothes that sell to the world. I'm recording the song Tramas do Porto for them to use in their parades.
On the CD there are several poems that are actually songs, they are in the book and are on the CD so that visually impaired people can listen to the 16 songs.
It is worth mentioning that I participated in the contest in honor of 200 years of Independence of Brazil, promoted by the Ministry of Culture for 25 writers in the country. I wrote the book 200 Gritos por liberdade, I was in tenth place. I won the refusal to edit the book, operationalized the resource and I'm making the CD and printing the illustrations.
It is dear friends and sisters, I know that I demand a lot from myself, I charge not to be in the daily service inside the favela of Cidade de Deus, but I no longer have strong legs to run from the shooting and no young column to sit on the floor with the children.
Today I use everything I learned to speak in verse, to sing words and to paint life.
Gratitude to World Pulse for teaching me to have more voice.