• MARTEDÌ 18 MAGGIO 2021 - S. Felice da Cantalice

Rodrigues (G10 Favelas) : “We will get out of this crisis if we come together”

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By João Marcelo The new Coronavirus pandemic opened up many of the problems that Brazil has faced for years, including hunger. Food security in the country has been declining, and it is not only because of the pandemic. In 2018, the FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations) recommended that Brazil encourage food care and implement food access programs to ensure food security for Brazilians. In the current scenario, this concern has become even more evident, especially in the country’s slums and peripheries. As a result, some initiatives seek to combat these problems, such as the G10 Favelas. The project was born in the Paraisópolis favela, one of the largest favelas in the city of São Paulo. In an interview with Dire agency, the president of G10 Favelas, Gilson Rodrigues, told about the project and what efforts are being made to help these people during the COVID-19 pandemic. The G10 Favelas was born from the idea of ??bringing together the leaders of 10 major favelas in the country and showing the financial potential that there are local opportunities. “The G10 favelas is a block of leaders and social entrepreneurs from the 10 largest favelas in the country. Add these 10 slums that together consume in their domestic trade about 7 billion reais. The project was born so that through the union of these favelas these entrepreneurial leaders can act together, inspired by the G7 and G20 of rich countries. In other words, we are positioning ourselves as rich favelas and not as a needy or violent favela, but seeking to create a new look at the approximation of government funds and investments ”said Gilson Rodrigues. For this, an initiative with a structure to meet the demands of its representatives, one of the forms of organization of the movement is through the Street Presidents, who are volunteers responsible for gathering the demands and needs of their neighbors and taking this to the project team. In addition to the collection of basic food baskets and donations for the residents of Paraisópolis, the G10 needed to take the lead in offering outpatient medical assistance to the community, since the Mobile Emergency Care Service (SAMU), which is part of the public health network, does not serves the region. Gilson assesses that there is a lack of state presence, mainly in the fight against the ...