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Inspired by the ‘invisible beings’ of one of the biggest cities in the world, the photographer Edu Leporo started to depict homeless people and their dogs in São Paulo, Brazil. The photography essays soon became a social project which now, through donations and funding campaigns, provide care for street dogs and their owners. Edu Leporo is our interviewed personality, a member of our platform Horyou and a change maker for good.

Edu Leporo with Angela, Diego and the dog Spike, who live on the streets of São Paulo (Photo: Gu Leporo)

When and why did you start taking pictures?

I started my photographic records of homeless people and their dogs in 2012, in an unpretentious way. Walking through downtown São Paulo, I saw a homeless man sitting with his dog and wondered: what would their reality be like? As a professional photographer, I have always worked in studios and did photographic essays of moms with their pets. But this has awakened an uneasiness in me and pushed me to do something for those who could not have a portrait – that is the people who live on the streets with their companions.

What was your inspiration?

My profession as a photographer of pets and my love for animals made me register the reality of the streets! To record and tell the stories of love, respect and companionship that go unnoticed by the eyes of thousands of people, certainly, inspired me.

In your work, you unite two causes, the animal care and the homeless people. Apart from photography, is there a social project behind these causes?

After I made several records of homeless people with their dogs, I decided to make a photographic exhibition with this material. All on my own. Gradually, I went looking for partners and we also managed to make a book with these records. That was in 2015. Using the images captured on the streets was my choice to shed light on these “invisible” beings. Soon after, in 2016 we started the Social Project for Street People and Their Dogs (in Portuguese, Moradores de Rua e Seus Cães). We started with a few donations, and today we take action every month in the center of São Paulo where we take all the services and donations for dogs, such as: bath, vaccine, vermifuge, beds, guides, collars and food. For the human, toiletries kits, clothes and shoes and we serve a breakfast.

Photo: Edu Leporo

What were the most striking situations you encountered during this project?

On the streets, there are many remarkable and rich stories. But I want to highlight the story of a couple that touched us a lot: Angela and Diego. They have lived for years on the streets with their dogs, Spike and Star. We have recently discovered that she has Leukemia and we feel the need to help her with her treatment. Fortunately, we were able to start a beautiful campaign with support from ZeeDog and raised funds for Angela’s treatment.

What are the next steps?

Our actions consist of 70% donations (individuals and companies) and 30% money, which we use to buy breakfast items, for example. But this cash aid is always lacking. Today, we seek a support / sponsor to meet our needs, ranging from items for breakfast to relief and treatment for some dog. We plan to launch our second book, with photos and street stories, as well as taking the photographic exhibition to all the capitals of Brazil and abroad. Start the project in schools, giving young people the opportunity to engage in the cause. We also want to set up a mobile community laundry, where street people can wash, dry their clothes and their dogs. Our mission is to open our eyes, hearts and minds, feel that we are only in the beginning.

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L’organisation Adelarte travaille pour l’autosuffisance et l’éducation des communautés vulnérables en Colombie. Particulièrement active sur les éthnies indigènes, Adelarte dévéloppe, en partenariat avec les communautés locales, des solutions durables et soutenables, en utilisant l’art et la culture. Interview avec la présidente Marline Fayollet.

Elèves du Centro Etnoeducativo Numero Doce de La Guajira, dans la communauté de Muurai, Colombie

Racontez-nous un peu sur votre histoire et vos principaux projets.

Fondée en février 2017, Adelarte a pour objet de construire, au travers de l’art, des solutions locales, durables et soutenables pour faire face aux enjeux sociétaux mondiaux. Nous constituons des équipes multidisciplinaires de volontaires internationaux qui exécutent des missions de développement durable avec des communautés vulnérables en utilisant l’art comme vecteur de changement. Durant l’année 2017, en coopération avec des associations colombiennes et selon les priorités identifiées par les communautés wayuu bénéficiaires, nous avons monté un projet ayant pour but d’offrir de meilleures conditions d’éducation, d’augmenter les possibilités d’autosuffisance, de contribuer au maintien de la culture wayuu et de permettre le développement personnel de chacun, qu’il soit wayuu ou volontaire.

Quelle est la situation actuelle des communautés wayuu et de quel type de support ont-elles besoin ?

Les communautés identifiées en 2017 sont celles de Loma Fresca 2 et Muurai. Elles appartiennent à l’éthnie Wayuu dont l’organisation est matrilinéaire et vivent d’une économie mixte basée sur l’élevage et le pâturage caprin, le maraîchage, l’artisanat et la pêche. Les wayuu vivent dans la péninsule de La Guajira, l’une des plus pauvres de Colombie. C’est une région sèche et aride, presque uniquement recouverte de sable, constamment balayée par les alizées marins et connaissant une longue période de sécheresse qui a tendance à s’accentuer avec le phénomène El Niño. La végétation y est très pauvre, l’accès à l’eau potable compliqué et la corruption qui y fait rage a rongé, entre autre, le système éducatif. A Muurai, pour que les enfants puissent étudier dans de bonnes conditions, il manque des salles de classe, des toilettes, des cantines équipées, mais aussi de l’eau potable pour s’hydrater et de l’électricité.

Pourquoi favorisez-vous l’éducation artistique et culturelle ?

L’association mise sur l’art pour aller de l’avant, d’où son nom Adelarte une contraction de Adelante con el arte (En avant avec l’art). En effet, l’art n’a pas de frontières et offre un terrain de dialogue qui dépasse les limites du langage. Il est capteur d’attention et facilitateur d’implication. C’est un vecteur d’expérimentation collective et de développement personnel qui stimule l’estime de soi. Nous utilisons la musique et la peinture pour motiver les membres des communautés à s’impliquer lors des activités de construction. Nous montons également une pièce de théâtre basée sur les contes ancestraux et animons la radio étudiante de notre partenaire dans le but de valoriser les cultures, donner envie aux futures générations de s’exprimer dans leur langue, ainsi qu’en espagnol, et de leur donner confiance.

Êtes-vous engagés pour les Objectifs de Dévéloppement Durable de l’ONU? Lesquels?

Nous nous engageons sur plusieurs objectifs, notamment les 4, 6, 7, 10 et 17.

Adelarte est un nouveau membre de notre communauté. Partagez vos espoirs et vos plans avec Horyou !

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Below the water, there is another planet we seldom think about. As I am writing this, it is established that the water world counts more than 228,000 species, while experts estimate that between 500,000 and 2 million more sea organisms are still unknown. They form an ecosystem that is integrated into ours – many other living creatures depend on marine life, and that includes us, humans.

Desierto Liquido was screened in CCCB in Barcelona

In many countries, fish and seafood are the main sources of protein. Yet the vigor of the fish industry is currently under serious threat. From Fiji to Mauritania, the fishing industry has indeed become a precarious if unfair trade with fishermen experiencing increasingly harder working conditions as they must face competition from monster multinational fishing boats, and take account of the overexploitation of fish stocks.

The issue of marine life preservation and the struggle of small fishermen in Africa and Europe to make ends meet was shown last Tuesday in «Desierto Liquido» (Liquid Desert), a documentary that was screened at the Contemporary Culture Center of Barcelona. Directors Alba Azaola and Daniel Carrasco, both former Greenpeace activists, who, on site, were able to see first-hand the current state of the marine life, offered a clear picture of overfishing, poverty and lack of opportunities that the fishermen in developing countries are faced with and that are causing social unrest, forced immigration and ultimately deaths, not to mention conflicts between small communities and big multinationals.

With this documentary, the directors objective is to spread the word about the situation in the seas. «It is an under covered topic that most people don’t want to think about», said Daniel Carrasco. Having already won 4 prizes in as many movie festivals, they would like their documentary to be screened in as many theatres as possible, and plan to turn it into an educational project. «We have had support from teachers and we are trying to get a partnership with governments. From this documentary we are developing related projects like Blue Hope Tuna (a film about the Bluefin tuna)», he added.

After the screening, a panel which included the directors, as well as Lydia Chaparro, an activist and marine biologist, Gustavo Duch, coordinator of the magazine Soberania Alimentaria and Daouda Dieye, a Senegalese national whose fishing family has been heavily impacted by overfishing. Daouda’s speech indeed added a human touch to the issue – all men in his family are fishermen and face the crisis on a daily basis. «The spend weeks at sea, risking their lives and competing with big fishing boats that operate illegally, while the authorities overlook the situation», he stated. “Many migrants from African origin”, he said, “are actually eco-refugees, fleeing poverty that is caused by the lack of opportunities”.

«Liquid desert» makes a call to fish consumers to be more conscious when choosing what to eat. In some countries, regulations require origin guarantee stamps and seals that show where the fishes come from, and the fishing method used. «There are hundreds of fish types in the sea, but people still buy the same ten or twelve types, which aggravates the problem of endangered species», said Lydia Chaparro. «The power of change is in our hands», she added.

The trailer can be seen here (in Spanish)

Horyou is the Social Network for Social Good that connects, supports and promotes social initiatives, entrepreneurs, and citizens who help the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to build a more harmonious and inclusive world. In this article, Horyou highlights the challenges of the SDG 14 – Life Below Water.

Créée par l’ONG AJDAC, Lyric’Art Media est une unité sociale de production culturelle dont le projet est la diffusion de la culture et des actions sociales innovantes destinées à révéler de jeunes artistes africains via des émissions numériques. Nous avons interrogé Sinclair F, fondateur du projet.

Danse Teké du Nord Bénin

 

Pouvez-vous nous présenter brièvement Lyric’Art Média?

Lyric’Art Média est un média numérique créé par l’ONG AJDAC et dont le but est de faire la promotion de la culture, des valeurs artistiques et des actions sociales innovantes ayant un impact positif sur les populations d’une part et sur les politiques et stratégies de développement d’autre part. Ayant lancé le projet en 2014 avec le Magazine culturel Lyric’Art, nous avons ensuite voulu toucher un peu plus notre audience d’bord en décidant la création de la Web Tv en 2016 puis cette année par la mise en place d’une unité sociale de production (Lyric’Art Production) qui vise à mieux promouvoir les talents et assurer un tant soit peu notre autonomie.

L’Artiste Togolais Kaporal Wisdom sur scène

Dans votre média, vous parlez de talents, de culture et d’actions sociales… Pourquoi vous avez choisi de traiter ces questions ?

L’ONG AJDAC est née de la nécessité d’assurer la visibilité et la promotion du tourisme et de la culture d’une part et le bien-être des populations pauvres et vulnérables d’autre part. Lyric’Art Média est donc un outil pour atteindre ces objectifs, rendre visible nos potentiels culturels et touristiques ainsi que les innombrables bonnes actions dont les impacts contribuent à créer un monde meilleur. Au Bénin comme un peu partout en Afrique, les vrais talents restent encore cachés dans nos quartiers et villages. L’absence d’action pouvant favoriser l’expression de ces jeunes talents aux fins de les promouvoir et le coût élevé des temps d’antenne sur les médias classiques constituent un blocus pour leur éclosion. De même, nous avons le souci de la promotion d’une élite culturelle responsabilisée par les valeurs positives et éducatives véhiculées par leur œuvre. Nous pensons que cette démarche pourrait aider à amener de jeunes artistes sans convictions ni éthique à améliorer leur production.

Cirque Super Acrobate de Cotonou

Y a-t-il eu en 2017 une réalisation qui revêt une importance toute particulière pour vous ?

La mise en boite de notre première émission «Santé Pour Tous», sans doute. C’était excitant ; bien sûr, j’ai réalisé plusieurs éléments audiovisuels mais pour Lyric’Art Média c’était un rêve qui prenait corps. Après les difficultés liées à la logistique (location des caméras…) et les petits soucis de lumière, son… c’était une joie pour toute l’équipe de voir éclore le fruit de nos efforts. Ce sera peut-être notre pire production mais c’était notre première émission. Vous pouvez y jeter un coup d’œil sur notre plateforme à l’adresse suivante: http://lyricartmedia.com/2017/11/19/sante-pour-tous-bientot-en-ligne/

Avez-vous un projet que vous espérez mettre en place en 2018 ?

Un studio mobile. Il s’agit d’aller à la rencontre des richesses culturelles, cultuelles et sociales les plus enfouies et / ou en voie de disparition à travers le Bénin et l’Afrique pour faire découvrir au monde ce merveilleux vivier de couleur, d’amour et de chaleur dont regorge notre continent. Pour ce projet nous avons besoin de partenaires et de soutiens et je serai heureux d’en avoir via Horyou qui regorge à n’en point douter de fervents défenseurs de la nature et des valeurs sociales et culturelles.

Si vous pouviez partager un message avec l’ensemble des membres de la communauté Horyou, quel serait-il ?

Il y a un proverbe Africain qui dit «une brindille ne peut soulever la poussière mais un ballais le peut». La somme des petites bonnes actions peut changer le monde, j’y crois et j’estime qu’il faut qu’on se soutienne pour offrir un monde meilleur à la postérité ! Toutefois, dépendant uniquement de l’ONG AJDAC qui elle aussi fonctionne sur fond propre depuis sa création, nos moyens limités ne nous permettent pas de répondre à toutes les sollicitations. Je profite donc de ce canal pour lancer un vibrant appel à tous ceux qui peuvent nous appuyer pour l’acquisition de caméras professionnelles, micro-ordinateurs, enregistreurs, micros-cravates… pour améliorer nos productions.

A filosofia de trabalho da ONG Frutos do Amanhã é a solidariedade humana. Com atuação em comunidades em vulnerabilidade social, a organização usa a cultura, educação, respeito e cidadania para modificar as vidas de crianças e famílias em situação de risco. Membro ativo da nossa comunidade Horyou, a fundadora da ONG Heloisa Morais falou com o nosso blog sobre suas iniciativas e planos para o futuro.

Atividade promovida pela ONG Frutos do Amanhã

Quais são as principais inspirações para o trabalho da organização?

Temos um lema que vem inspirando e servindo de mantra para que possamos seguir em frente: Educação, Respeito e Disciplina.

Quais foram os projetos mais bem-sucedidos de 2017?

Executamos vários projetos como oficina de idiomas, capacitação escolar, danças culturais, capoeira, oficinas e ballet. Posso destacar dois como os mais bem-sucedidos, que foram as oficinas de Artesanato e Geração de Renda e o Ballet Sonho de Menina.

Ballet Sonho de Menina

Quais são os principais projetos da ONG Frutos do Amanhã para 2018?

Queremos ampliar nosso projeto educativo, melhorar e ampliar nosso espaço físico e buscar apoio para poder atender a famílias que se encontram na fila de espera para participar de nossas atividades.

Que tipo de impacto a organização deseja causar para o mundo?

Transformar crianças que vivem em situação de risco em cidadãos através da educação e cultura.

Oficina realizada pela ONG

Qual a importância de participar de uma rede social do bem social como a Horyou?

Fomos convidados em 2015 pela Horyou, que nos esclareceu sobre o funcionamento da rede, e desde então estamos ativos na plataforma buscando apoio para os projetos.

Vivemos em uma era de constante transformação. Quais são as mudanças positivas que você deseja para a sua comunidade e para as gerações futuras?

Estamos em uma região carente como muitas espalhadas pelo mundo, se com nossas ações conseguirmos livrar algumas crianças do tráfico de drogas, que hoje está sendo o primeiro emprego de crianças e adolescentes, será uma grande vitória.

Forced marriage is still an issue that affects more than 700 million women globally – a third of them are less than 18. In order to raise awareness of this issue, the UNICEF partnered with major African artists to write a song against child marriage.

In Central and Western Africa, 41% of the girls above 18 are married (illustrative photo, source: UNICEF)
In Central and Western Africa, 41% of the girls above 18 are married (illustrative photo, source: UNICEF)

In Central and Western Africa, 41% of the girls above 18 are married – in countries like Benin, one in ten girls is married under the age of 15. More than depicting a social issue, these statistics are alarming from a health care standpoint as many of these girls are not able-bodied for childbearing and could face permanent physical and psychological damage.

As part of the Zero Tolerance Campaign against child marriage that the government launched last June, nine artists from Benin committed themselves to breaking the silence around child marriage. UNICEF’s Goodwill Ambassadors Angélique Kidjo and Zeynab Abib, supported by Danialou Sagbohan, Kalamoulaï, Don Métok, Sessimè, Dibi Dobo, Norberka and Olga Vigouroux, gathered to craft a deeply moving song and a video that call the population to act.

“A little girl is still a child. She cannot be a mother or a bride. Let her grow up to live a fulfilling life. Say NO to child marriage!”; so goes the song, co-written by Angelique Kidjo and Zeynab Abib.

The artists sing in a variety of languages, including Fon, Mina, Mahi, Sahouè, Yoruba, Goun, Bariba and French in order for the message to spread throughout the country and neighbouring countries.

Artists from Benin are engaged in the cause
Artists from Benin are engaged in the cause

“The impact on these girls is terrible. Once married, they no longer go to school, they are raped, they get pregnant, which puts their health and that of their baby in danger. We artists are saying NO to all these injustices! Girls are not the property of anyone; they have the right to choose their own destinies”, says Beninese pop star Zeynab Abib, who was able to mobilise Benin’s greatest artists around this cause.

Early marriage prevents girls from getting proper education and leads them to poverty, while enforcing the prevalence of traditions and belief systems that are tied to the continued practice of child marriage.

“We need all the strength and weapons we can muster to fight the scourge of child marriage. Art, especially music, is a powerful weapon. As Nelson Mandela said, ‘politics can be strengthened by music, but music has a potency that defies politics’. This power must be harnessed!” says Dr Claudes Kamenga, UNICEF Representative in Benin.

Watch the video [English subtitles] [SAY NO TO CHILD MARRIAGE]1 Watch the video [French subtitles] [DISONS NON AU MARIAGE DES ENFANTS]2

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