Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization

by Associacao Viva a Vida
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Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
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Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization
Empowering Young Brazilians - Art and Mobilization

Project Report | Jun 21, 2024
Art & Community Mobilization : Feb - May 2024

By Cressida Evans | Volunteer Consultant

Joaquim, a success story!
Joaquim, a success story!

Dear Friends and Supporters

Today, we’d like to start by telling you about one of our recent successes:

A LEGACY FOR GENERATIONS!

This success story is about an inter-generational experience, one full of love and a great deal of ability. This year, 14-year-old Joaquim, the son of Évelin, our Coordinator, joined our team as a volunteer communications trainee.

Working at Viva a Vida is strange, but in a good way. I’m doing the things I like; I’ve known the NGO and the people I’m working with since I was little. And it’s amazing as a first job! I like the freedom I have, my hours and the things I have to do. I can do all the different things I like!

Joaquim, Teenage Volunteer

As his official duties, Joaquim started by helping us improve the organization’s visual image, updating our social media, creating content, recording events, bringing together information for reports and other communications duties.

In fact, Joaquim has been part of the Viva a Vida team for all of his 14 years. His mother has worked with us for 16 years, so Joaquim was born and grew up at our meeting tables, in our events and arenas. At one point, when he was really small, our offices were based in his home, so he’s always been with us.

Joaquim has always joined in – do we need to scan a document? Create something for our social media? Help preparing snacks? Feet on the ground in a collective activity? Someone to clean something? To tidy up? Joaquim’s always been there!

Until eventually he grew up and reached the age when, under Brazilian law, he is allowed to get involved officially. And, given his talent for communications, he's been appointed as an official Viva a Vida volunteer.

It’s been great to see the changes he’s made to our branding, we’ve been able to invest in new campaigns, create new layouts and now we can really see interaction between the generations.

We’ve always liked this combination, believing that ancestral knowledge, alongside new technology, respecting elders, but recognizing that young people have a lot to teach us, is the kind of succession that ensures quality.

It’s also good to see how an example in the family can bear fruit and how living with social issues encourages people to get involved in and dedicate themselves to a cause, a struggle, the idea of social transformation!

As a sensitive adolescent Joaquim has truly inspired us. Both in his enthusiasm to teach other children about the value of having a purpose, but also for us, as adults, to learn and value the revolutionary and impulsive spirit of a teenager.

Long life to Joaquim at Viva a Vida!

I was always afraid of having an idle son, it was my biggest fear! Because all I can offer him is what I have here (the experience of living in a grassroots community), and I didn’t know if that would be enough for him. But it has been. He understands why Viva a Vida exists, he works with me, supports me and believes in it. So, it’s all been worth it, I brought him up inside Viva a Vida, because I wanted this moment to come, I wanted him to help us make a better world!  

Évelin, Viva a Vida’s Coordinator

Joaquim has been an essential part of the transformation of our online presence, with his innovative and engaging approach, reflected in the exponential growth in our community. Before he started, our social media interaction was limited, but now, thanks to his exceptional work, we are connecting with people and inspiring lives like never before.

Juracy, Viva a Vida’s President

I think my work will raise Viva a Vida’s profile and improve the visual brand of its social media presence, drawing people’s attention to its work and helping the NGO keep growing.

Joaquim, Teenage Volunteer

 

II – AFROTECA MUVUCA – AFRO-LIBRARY

Regular workshops: in March we started our new cycle for the second year of Afroteca activities. We are working with approximately 90 children from the first to the fifth year of elementary school. Our aim is to use literature as a tool for discussions about racism in childhood and how to overcome it. We continue to work in our multiuse space in the Quilombo’s main square, where we receive the children three afternoons a week, as well as running morning workshops in three schools.

It’s such a pleasure to see our children being welcomed with so much affection in this space. My son is autistic and doesn’t have a support worker, so he can’t go to school in the afternoon, which means he doesn’t usually participate, but I’m going to organize things so I can take him. The thing I hear most from his teachers is that Yan has so much to learn from you!

Yan’s mother

Extra Workshops – Chemistry for a day: in partnership with the company Indorama, one of our partners, we ran an activity to show children that they can be whatever they want to be. We spent time talking about the number of black female scientists, particularly from the North East of Brazil, so that they could have role models from the same background as theirs. Then, chemists from the company ran a play activity involving science. It was so gratifying to see them dressed up as scientists, with shining eyes, dreaming of being one!

It’s incredible to see Évelin really believing that these children can be whatever they want to be. You can see it in her eyes and in the care with which she prepares things for the children.

Márcia, Quilombola Schools Coordinator

 

III – YOUNG PEOPLE:

The Favela Lives Project: March also saw the beginning of the Favela Lives project which is gathering evidence for an academic article about Harm Reduction, mental health and young people. At this stage, we have applied 400 questionnaires to students from the state education system, in order to gather information. Project workers are also preparing educational booklets and providing a course on harm reduction to indigenous and quilombola people.

What an incredible idea! Nobody ever thinks about listening to young people. If we’re the ones who are dying, what could be fairer than at least listening to what we think about drugs.

Israel – Youth Leader, Vila de Abrantes

Harm Reduction Course for Indigenous and Quilombola Peoples: in May we held a memorable meeting in the Tupinambá Village, bringing together the Tupinambá community of Vila de Abrantes, the Cordoaria Quilombo Community, representatives of universities, local government officials and the Viva a Vida team to discuss how to tackle drug abuse in traditional and indigenous communities, and how to apply harm reduction strategies. It was a day to celebrate the opportunity to innovate and introduce technical knowledge to these populations, which are often forgotten in Brazil. We learnt even more through the experiences of the elders, discussing these people’s ancient strategies and tracing pathways together to develop harm reduction projects.

I’m extremely pleased with this opportunity. Our project is called Points of Care, and that is precisely what we’ve seen here today: care, love and unity! Now we can truly say that the state government is reaching places it has never reached before.

Luciene, Technical Representative of the State of Bahia’s Social Development Department

 

IV – COMMUNICATIONS: this year we’ve invested in a strategy to raise the profile of the causes Viva a Vida believes in and defends. With the arrival of our volunteer communications trainee, so far this year we’ve launched some important campaigns: Autism and the Black Population / Black Single Mothers / Environmental Racism / 18 May: Raising awareness about the sexual exploitation of and sexual violence against children and adolescents.

These themes have gained visibility on social media, creating arenas for dialogue. Regular posts, the publication of texts and articles, including information about researchers, groups, collectives and other social media is one way to strengthen our network, supporting good work and reporting issues.

Afroteca Year 2
Afroteca Year 2
Chemistry for a Day - I can be what I can see!
Chemistry for a Day - I can be what I can see!
Favela Lives questionnaires
Favela Lives questionnaires
Harm Reduction for the Indigenous and Quilombolas
Harm Reduction for the Indigenous and Quilombolas
Autism and the Black Population
Autism and the Black Population
Black Single Mothers
Black Single Mothers
Environmental Racism
Environmental Racism
Combatting child sex abuse
Combatting child sex abuse
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Location: Camacari, Bahia - Brazil
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Cressida Evans
Camacari , Bahia Brazil
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