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.

Change Makers is an Horyou initiative which aims to highlight remarkable people & projects related to the Sustainable Development Goals. In this article, we shed a light over #SDG10 – Reduced Inequalities and #SDG15 – Life on Land.

The city of Singapore hosts one of the most important global Fintech events, while giving full support to its startups and community of entrepreneurs.


Funding, academic collaboration and public-private partnership. A fine recipe to develop a healthy and successful Fintech ecosystem. More the result of a strategy than coincidence, in the last few years, Singapore has seen its Fintech startup scene boom. The city has indeed done a lot to attract funders, notably via creating related events and supporting regional networking.

Part of this strategy rests on barring privileged silos. Rather than building on competition between large companies and small players, the government has decided to create the conditions for both to innovate and collaborate with each other. In fact, banks and insurance companies are setting up innovation labs and research centers in Singapore for startups to experiment and bring ideas to the market, while getting professional assessment and management consultancy.

According to the Singapore Fintech Map, the city hosts more than 200 Fintech companies, focused on diverse segments including digital banking, blockchain, data management and payment services. The good numbers are also due to the effort universities and research institutes are making to update their curricula by adding more Fintech topics. Startups and young entrepreneurs also can benefit from an annual Fintech Festival, organized by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) and the Association of Banks since 2016, and recognized in 2017 as the worlds’ largest Fintech Festival, hosting more than 25,000 participants from 100 countries.

As Mr. Sopnendu Mohanty, Chief Fintech Officer of MAS, said at the Festival’s opening ceremony last November: “The Fintech Festival is a synergistic platform for the global Fintech community to spark new ideas and gain valuable insights. It is a key thrust of our efforts to establish Singapore as a Smart Financial Centre and a transformational Fintech hub”. While organizing a Fintech Award and a Hackcelerator, the Festival is also a great platform for Fintech companies to attract investors and raise funding for their projects.

Singapore is also known for its Venture Capital (VC) scene, which helps Fintech startups to get funding and managerial support for their projects. While they grow, they can count on public infrastructure such as the LATTICE80, an innovation village in the heart of Singapore financial district which reduces costs for startups and gives them access to data centers and other services.

The host city of SIGEF2018 next September is thus the perfect place to gather innovators, entrepreneurs and social good doers from all over the world. Organized by Horyou, it will include a special panel on Fintech for social good.

Le rêve de ne plus voir de mineurs incarcérés dans les prisons camerounaises a été le moteur de création de l’Association d’assistance à l’integration des enfants défavorisés (AAIED). Nouvelle et très active organisation sur notre plateforme, AAIED travaille sur des projets de sensibilisation et d’éducation des jeunes dans l’éspoir de leur construire un meilleur avenir. Horyou Blog a interviewé Gaëlle Caline, la fondatrice d’AAIED.

Discussion éducative avec les mineurs incarcérés sur les dangers de la drogue la mauvaise compagnie et le vol

Qu’est-ce qui vous a inspirée à créer votre organisation ?

Ayant grandit dans une ville au Cameroun, j’ai été toujours entourée d’enfants vivant dans la rue, des sans abris; et la grande majorité se nourrissait chez moi. Nous étions comme une famille ! Quand ils se faisaient arrêter, j’allais leur rendre visite dans le centre pénitencier avec de la nourriture. J’ai donc découvert ce milieu en 2008. J’ai longtemps longtemps travaillé dans les orphelinats, mais je prends plus plaisir à travailler dans le milieux carcéral parce qu’il y a plein de choses à faire dans les prisons de mon pays.

Eclairez-nous sur la situation des mineurs incarcerés dans votre pays et parlez-nous des projets que vous développez.

Au Cameroun, il n’y pas de département séparé pour les mineurs. La plupart des mineurs sont incarcérés à cause de leurs addiction à la drogue. Actuellement, nous travaillons à la prison de Foumban et à la prison de Douala. À Foumban, nous avons eu à traiter un certain nombre de problèmes comme l’alphabétisation. Les mineurs de cette prison ne savent ni lire ni écrire et ne font rien de leur journée. Notre objectif dans cette prison c’est de créer une école. Quant à la prison de Douala, elle est la plus vaste de la région. Notre rôle c’est d’assister juridiquement les mineurs et les informer des procédures légales. Notre expérience montre que beaucoup de mineurs sont carrément oubliés dans nos prisons. A leur sortie, nous avons deux options : les intégrer dans leurs familles respectives ou les placer dans une institution. À cause de leur addiction, mon but c’est de combattre ce fléau en invitant les jeunes de certains établissements à assister à des séminaires que j’organise dans les prisons pour qu’ils voient de leurs yeux les dégâts de la drogue.

Projet Arbre de Noel

Quels sont vos défis principaux en 2018 ?

Il y en a plusieurs, comme la création de l’école dans la prison centrale de Foumban et l’instauration d’une caravane dans toutes les prisons en invitant les jeunes des établissements scolaires à une discussion éducative donc le thème est l’impact de la drogue, de la mauvaise compagnie et du vol sur les adolescents. Nous avons aussi l’objectif de créer un cours de droit des enfants sur un trimestre. Enfin, comme tous les ans, il y a le défi de faire un arbre de Noël pour les jeunes.

Vous êtes une nouvelle organisation dans notre communauté Horyou. Partagez votre espoir et vous plans pour notre plateforme !

J’ai besoin d’une grande visibilité sur la plateforme. Cela fait 7 ans que nous existons sans partenaires, sans sponsors, sans visibilité. J’attends beaucoup de la plateforme Horyou ! Notre combat, nous le menons avec amour et passion !

The last article of our series 17 steps to 2030 is a call to action. Organizations, governments, individuals and communities are key to achieve all SDGs, but only through cooperation and team work.

Photo: UNDP

The SDG17 calls for a Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. It means that the SDGs must be part of a global, concerted movement that aims for a better future. We’ve witnessed many developments, but more cooperation is required globally – the Paris Agreement, for example, must regain strength in the international arena, despite political sides and differences. It requires more effort from actors that are not necessarily governments. International organizations, NGOs, communities and the media are important stakeholders in the project of leveraging the SDGs and turning them into reality.

Regarding SDG 17, the UNDP has pointed out many achievements such as the increasing amount of international investment in aid to refugees, or the ICT revolution which allowed broadband services to be more affordable and thus more widely available. More countries are engaged in monitoring the effectiveness of their development and 54 of them have reported progress on their SDG commitment. It’s all being done with a broader level of data and accountability, which helps to build trust and stability, as well as strengthens institutions.

All Horyou organizations are connected through our platform and help our society to reach this SDG. They are key actors in building our community, which stands for this Global Partnership for Sustainable Development. It is with that in mind that Horyou launched the #HoryouLightChallenge, which engages people from all over the world towards the same cause: turning the SDGs into reality.

To take the challenge, Horyou invites its members to use their creativity and share their social good actions in connection with the SDGs. The prize for the best post is an all-inclusive trip to Singapore including participation in SIGEF18 (plus many other prizes*).

#HoryouLightChallenge Instructions

  • Create an account on www.horyou.com

  • Create your Horyou Light Challenge post (photo, video or text) on the platform with the SDG that you have selected among the 17 SDG examples. You can also create your own positive challenge and post it!

  • Share your Horyou post via Twitter, Instagram or any other Social Media with the #HoryouLightChallenge hashtag, along with the hashtag of the SDG that you have supported (ex: #SDG7)

  • Invite your friends to light (watch how lights work here) your post on Horyou

  • Try to get the largest number of lights and win a trip to SIGEF18 Singapore!

By participating, you help to shed a light on all the organizations and change makers that are part of our community and beyond. Horyou invites you to help achieve the SDG 17 through the power of social media and connection for good! Together, we can do more. Be the change, be Horyou!

As we celebrate the International Women’s Day, we must reflect upon the challenges many women and girls face around the globe

International Women’s March

Whether a Rohingya refugee or a famous actress in Hollywood, being a woman requires an extra level of resistance and hope. The last few years have opened many eyes on the situation of women around the world, especially concerning sexual harassment and the fragility of the gender equality speech when it comes to true representation and parity on the work field.

Yet, we have much more to accomplish. Here are a few numbers from UN Women to consider: 1 in 3 women experience violence in their lifetime; 830 women die every day from preventable pregnancy-related causes; and only 1 in 4 parliamentarians worldwide are women. It will be 2086 before we close the gender pay gap if present trends continue with no action.

What can we do as a society to accelerate equality in our world? Awareness campaigns surely help, as #MeToo and many other hashtags spread the message that we are equal in our experiences and concerns. We’ve learned that feminism is not the opposite of sexism, it’s solely the true hope to be equal in a broad, respectful way. Marches around the world passed the message that we, as women, own our bodies, our choices, our sexuality. That we must be heard and respected. But is it enough?

The new International Women’s Day theme this year is «Time is Now: Rural and Urban Activists Transforming Womens’ Lives». It celebrates strong, fearless activists whose work is key to all the transformations we’re witnessing as a society. More important than being a voice, they are role models for our girls and boys, the next generations that will hopefully put their message into practice. Activism is key, and female activism is the remedy to invisibility.

Despite a long history of prejudice and ignorance, these women are getting their voices increasingly heard. From Malala Yousafzai, who’s shown that education matters for girls, to Amal Clooney, who was brave enough to be the first lawyer to sue ISIS for its crimes, to Noriko Mitsui, Horyou ambassador to Japan, whose work for social good has been recognized by members of the US Congress and its Multi Ethnic Advisory Task Force which ranked her among the Top 20 Women of Global Excellence. To mothers, waitresses, teachers, housewives, who fight against poverty, prejudice and domestic violence.

Many of them might not be able to march. I’m marching for them, though. I want to resonate their voices. Because #Timesup to be silent.

Written by Vívian Soares

Horyou supports the SDG5, which aims to empower women and girls for gender equality. You can be part of it too either by supporting one of Horyou organizations which work for this SDG or by participating in the Horyou Light Challenge, that aims to raise awareness of gender equality. Be the change, be Horyou!

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 !

Nous souhaitons pouvoir donner envie à la communauté d’Horyou de s’impliquer de manière plus ou moins directe dans nos projets. Partager nos bonnes pratiques ainsi que notre retour d’expérience sur ce type de projet.

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