One of the places I really wanted to go here in Rio was a favela. I have been to the coptic garbage village in Cairo before, thanks to my good friend Spyros, but going to a favela (especially after having watched “Cidade De Deus”) was something I had been thinking of for a long time.
Before arriving here I thought it might be dangerous… But I’ve already met people who live in favelas here, and had talks with them, and I slowly forgot all my European prejudices.
I was very lucky… An American girl who lives in favela Rocinha, the biggest favela in Rio (60,000 people) which has been pacified only about a month ago, invited CS people to go and distribute some food in the poorest part of the favela…
So, there we were, with bags of beans and pasta and rice and oil, walking in the upper parts of the favela… Electricity, sewage systems and construction in general are extremely far from what we are used to back in Europe… A lot of people, mostly young – or very young – are going around everywhere, excited to see “gringos” who brought them Xmas gifts.
We stayed there for a few hours, under the hot sun, and overall it was a great experience. I only wish I could speak Portuguese 😦 I may come back later on to volunteer here,..