Brasilândia, a slum in São Paulo, is known for it's extreme poverty and scarcity of resources. We want to develop an oral history and affective map of the neighborhood. A youth group will use the community's radio station and invite residents to talk about their lives. This will all be recorded on a blog and podcast and compiled into a digital book and shared with the community.
What locality or neighborhood will your project focus on?
Describe the specific community with whom you will be working.
Brasilândia has 300.000 inhabitants in 21 km².The first residents came in the 60s as migrants from other states.They built their homes without any formal urban planning by the state,through great struggle,the residents were able to gain claims the land,have sewers build,roads paved and lighting in the streets.Even so,there is still a major lack of public facilities:Sparse garbage collection,too few kindergarte and ininadequate transportation.
What kinds of news, stories and other content will be created?
Using Community Radio station as the project base,a youth group and locals leaders,will develop the oral history.A weekly program will invite residents from different generations to tell stories about their lives in the slum.The group will also develop a map for the region,mobilizing people reflect on and express their own relationship with the territory.The goal is to unite cultural initiatives and leverage its full potential into the slum.
What technologies and digital tools do you plan to use in the trainings?
Describe the connections that you or your organization have already established that will contribute to the success of the project.
The project Células de Transformação has developed many partnerships in the region. The principal partner for this project is Rádio Comunitária Cantareira.It has been around for over 10 years and reaches all of Brasilândia.We will have access to the space, technical team and technical equipment.There are also a number of other organizations which can help us mobilize people and develop the project.They are Guardiões Griô, Sambaqui,CCA Vila Maria.
How many participants do you think will be involved in your project?
A total of 15 youth have been trained in citizenship journalism, podcast for web, blog and networks, digital books, social theatre, participatory researh, oral history and mapping. A stipend will be given to cover travel and food expenses, during the oral history. This group will reach atleast 150 people indirectly.
Besides the microgrant funding, what other resources and support are you seeking for your project to ensure its success?
Rising Voices can contribute with training, an exchange or interview with the radio team and by connecting us with other projects and networks. More modern equipment would be wonderful too, as it could be shared with other groups in the region.
Aline Mazeto Roldan
Células de Transformação