Time of changes

Valéria Barbosa
Posted January 28, 2020 from Brazil
Music Tramas do Porto
Music Tramas do Porto, sung by Lídia Quadros at the Rio Art Museum. Aunt Lúcia patrimony of the Cais do Porto and the embroidering women.
 Launch of the book 200 Gritos por Liberdade.
Launch of the book 200 Gritos por Liberdade.: The first was at the Casa de Cultura of Cidade de Deus, the one in the photo is at the Casa de Cultura de Jacarepaguá and we also had Emilien Lacay's house for 40 employees, 150 children and 60 elderly people. (1/1)

 

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.

This story was submitted in response to We Are Leaders.

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maeann
Jan 28
Jan 28

This is nice Valeria. Congratulation on your book and winning as a 10th place plus a CD with Songs :) wow what an achievement!!!

Valéria Barbosa
Jan 29
Jan 29

Tank you my dear. Kisses.

Wusufor
Jan 28
Jan 28

Dear Aunty Valeria,
We warmly welcome you back to World pulse. We have missed reading your post of since last year August :-). We are glad to hear you were working underground. See the many accomplishments that you returned with; so amazing.
A big congratulations for your book and song album. Please are the songs Brazilian? Or English? Will like to get a copy if is in English ha :-).
We welcome you back and do feel at home.
My warmest regards
Lizzy

Valéria Barbosa
Jan 29
Jan 29

Dear Lizzi, I'm Brazilian. The only language I speak is Portuguese. Even so, reading paragraph by paragraph, I managed to take the World Pulse course and be part of this family.
Of course I have difficulties to read everything, today is much better due to the translation on the page.

But, when posting, I translate my texts to make it easier for most to read. I believe that I don't always get the real.

As far as music has a universal language it is that of music. They are not in English they are in Portuguese. When they're ready, I'll send one for you to listen to. OK?
Grateful for the welcome. Kisses

Jill Langhus
Jan 29
Jan 29

Hello Valéria,

How are you doing, dear!

My, you've been busy:-) We've missed you. I'd love to see the embroidery that you mentioned.

Big congrats on your book and CD!

What do you need help translating, dear? I'm sure someone can help!

XX

Valéria Barbosa
Jan 29
Jan 29

Gratitude. I need help translating the book so I can share it with you.

As for embroidery I will get pictures for you to know. Kisses

Anita Shrestha
Jan 29
Jan 29

Congratulation dear

Valéria Barbosa
Jan 29
Jan 29

Thank you. Kisses

TataWirba
Jan 29
Jan 29

Hi Valéria.
I trust you are doing ok.
Congratulations
Tata

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Hi Tata. Grateful for the encouragement. I am fine thanks to the love I have for life and for being part of this network where people meet and support our struggle. Gratitude. Hugs.

lizzymark
Jan 30
Jan 30

Hi Valeria,welcome back and congrats on your book,don't despise it. It a great success keep on the spirit.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear sister, always grateful for your affection. Hugs.

Hello, our dear Valeria,

It is so great to hear from you again! What a productive journey it has been and your impact on women in your country is impressive and inspiring!

Congratulations on your milestones and achievements, most especially on publishing your book of poems! We are so proud of you!

Thank you for sharing this joy with us. We celebrate you as an empowered woman leader and as a World Pulse sister!

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear sister, I can only be grateful for the affection and encouragement that I have all. Love you.

We're here to support one another, dear sister. I'm grateful to you, too. Love you!

Carol Sunborn
Feb 07
Feb 07

You are doing unbelievable work , dear Valeria. I understand how the body can slow as we grow older. I, who visited many households each day to get people to vote, find it hard to walk so far and so often. But your mind is very strong with your hopes and words. I am with you wanting it always to be so; to have the commitment and the energy to do the very important work you do. I honor you, Valeria, and hope you can always evade the shooting, sit with your back straight, and publish your words and songs.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 13
Feb 13

My dear Carol Thank you. Hugs.

Chinyere Kalu
Feb 13
Feb 13

Woah! So good to know that at your age you want to give your all to your world.In a world where life seem to have little or no value, your efforts are appreciated.Do keep up Sis! Give everything youve got and see a gradual and sure impact come to fore later.

Valéria Barbosa
Feb 13
Feb 13

My dear Chinyere.
Gratitude and hopes always for each dawn. Together we are stronger. Just act out of love. In love it is easier to walk.

BABARA ACHU
Apr 16
Apr 16

congratulations for your book and song album.
gope you and your family are safe in this trying times

Sumaira Rajput
Jun 09
Jun 09

bravo what an achievement thanks for sharing , please read my first story too
https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/sumaira-rajput/posts/95562