Rio’s Santa Marta Favela Celebrates Seven Years of the UPP

Rio’s Santa Marta Favela Celebrates Seven Years of the UPP

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Santa Marta favela community celebrated the seventh anniversary of Rio’s first Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), which was installed December 19, 2008. While Brazil and Rio struggle with a reversal of economic conditions since then, the event was an opportunity […]

How to Visit a Favela Community in Rio de Janeiro: Sponsored

How to Visit a Favela Community in Rio de Janeiro: Sponsored

By Nicole Eberhard, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Favela tours in Rio de Janeiro are a controversial subject. As the Rio has been working to pacify many of the communities with the UPP (Police Pacification Units), tours have been on the rise as curious travelers leave the beach to explore another perspective to […]

Rio’s Casa Geração Fashion School Hosts Party in Vidigal July 4th

Rio’s Casa Geração Fashion School Hosts Party in Vidigal July 4th

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The Casa Geração fashion school located in Vidigal is hosting a party at the very top of the favela community this Saturday, July 4th, from 6PM to 1AM. The venue is the chic luxury outpost Mirante do Arvrão, and the party name is “Bonsoir Mirante” […]

Street Child United Opens Football Pitch in Rio’s Complexo da Penha

Street Child United Opens Football Pitch in Rio’s Complexo da Penha

By Lisa Flueckiger, Senior Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – NGO non-profit organization, Street Child United, and Chevrolet inaugurated a community football (soccer) pitch and a playground in the Complexo da Penha favela in Rio’s Zona Norte (North Zone) on Saturday, May 30th. The installations will give children in the community a safe place […]

Land Regularization Program Expands into Rio de Janeiro State

Land Regularization Program Expands into Rio de Janeiro State

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The land regularization program of the Government of Rio de Janeiro will be expanded within Rio de Janeiro state. The city of Petrópolis, in the Região Serrana (Mountain Region), will serve as an example of Nossa Terra (Our Land) project, conducted by the Institute of […]

Complexo do Alemão Favela Protests After Ten-Year Old Killed

Complexo do Alemão Favela Protests After Ten-Year Old Killed

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Residents of Complexo do Alemão made a protest calling for peace and justice in the community after ten year-old Eduardo de Jesus was hit by a stray bullet last Thursday (April 2nd) on his doorstep and passed away. While the police have been accused of […]

Military Police to Take Over in Rio’s Complexo da Maré

Military Police to Take Over in Rio’s Complexo da Maré

By Lisa Flueckiger, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Rio de Janeiro’s Military Police (PM) force has started to take over command in the Complexo da Maré favela communities from the currently stationed national army forces. The handover will happen in stages and should be completed by June 30th, together with the installation of […]

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

Rio’s UPP in Cerro-Corá Fosters Community with Kickboxing

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – The small favela community of Cerro-Corá, located on the edge of Zona Sul (South Zone) held a kickboxing graduation ceremony of their community integration program last week on Thursday, March 19th. The entire program is meant to foster positive relationships between the UPP (Police Pacification […]

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

Five Alternative Things to Do in Rio During Carnival: Sponsored

By Nicole Eberhard, Contributing Reporter RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – While your Carnival week in Rio will (and should) inevitably revolve around samba beats and endless parties, in a whirl of parades, blocos, balls and costumes, don’t miss the opportunity to see more of the Marvelous City at the same time. One thing to keep […]

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