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 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

  • 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.

From a small violation to a big war, all citizens are affected by law and justice – or the lack of them. Living in peace is a human right, and our society needs to make it a reality for all.

Photo: UNDP

It doesn’t matter if it is domestic violence or international conflict. We’ve all been directly or indirectly impacted by the lack of peace and justice in the world. When we see a war refugee begging for money in a big city, when a friend is victim of a robbery in the street or when we buy clothes made by slave-labor, we feel both affected and responsible.

Reaching the SDG 16 is one of the most complex challenges of our times, as everywhere it depends on strong institutions, economic development and social justice. According to the UNDP, despite the fact that crimes like homicides and human trafficking have declined in the recent years, violent conflicts have nevertheless increased. Violence against children still persists, as many suffer from psychological aggression and physical punishment on a regular basis in 76 countries. Corruption and bribes are challenges, especially in developing countries.

Change must come from a concerted multi-stakeholders strategy that requires action and commitment from governments, non-profit organization and institutions, as well as civil society. On the Horyou platform, many organizations are engaged in actions for social justice and fairness in their communities. NGOs like Association Amis pour la Justice, based in Cameroon, work for educating and raising awareness of their rights and duties in their communities. A new organization on our platform, AMIS is very active and committed to ‘translating’ human rights to people who struggle to access and understand their own value as citizens. Another organization is Society for Academic Development, a Serbian group of young people who aim to develop education and volunteerism, as well as helping refugees and other vulnerable groups.

Horyou has constantly supported and fostered the importance of peace and justice in the events that it organizes, especially SIGEF, whereby panelists and organizations have the opportunity to showcase projects and strategies to promote this SDG.

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that supports peace and social justice in your region or anywhere in the world. You can also show your support by participating in #HoryouLightChallenge! Be the change, be Horyou!

Biodiversity is the ecosystem that has shaped the environment which allowed for human life to exist millions of years ago. Preserving this ecosystem is thus key issue to our survival, failing that, then this would pose a serious threat to human existence, as heralded by the extinction of a number of other living species.

Photo: UNDP

In Greek mythology, Flora and Fauna were goddesses who represented many aspects of ancient life. While Flora, goddess of spring, would be used as a symbol of youth and fertility, Fauna was mainly described as a strong female figure who could foresee the future. According to the elders, Fauna’s songs resonated the fate of humankind.

Which fate would Fauna be singing today? Come every spring, may we still see any future for youth and fertility? Living in a world where technology allows for men to conquer space in search for other viable ecosystems, deforestation and loss of biodiversity are still huge sources of concern on earth. SDG 15 is a call for the protection of life on land: not just animals but everything around us – trees, fungi, mountains, land and native populations.

According to UNDP, progress in preserving and sustainably using Earth’s terrestrial species and ecosystems is uneven. The good news is that more forests are being protected and many countries are putting policies and certifications in place to safeguard their ecosystems. But the effort made by governments and NGOs is not enough. Many key biodiversity areas are still under threat as they are not protected. Even when they are, the lack of inspection, added to corruption, make preservation more difficult. Land productivity has been declining since 1998, especially in South America and Africa, which aggravates desertification, security issues and land conflicts. The UN estimates that more than 1 billion people are currently endangered due to these problems.

The international community is committed to support and conserve biodiversity, either by signing agreements or by donating bilateral funds to biodiversity projects. Apart from that, NGOs are tirelessly working to raise awareness of the urgent ‘life on land’ cause.

Horyou is proud to host organizations such as ANDA, the first and largest animal news agency in Latin America. Based in Brazil, with more than 1.5 visitors a month, ANDA is an active voice on animal rights and shares news about scientific tests on animals and poaching, as well as the appalling conditions in farms, among other critical topics. They are trying hard to enforce SDG 15. Are you willing to do the same?

If you wish to support this SDG, you can do so through Horyou. Go to Horyou platform and choose an NGO or project that helps protect life on land in your region or anywhere in the world. You can also show your support by participating in #HoryouLightChallenge! Be the change, be Horyou!

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