Jardim Gramacho, Rio de Janeiro - Brazil
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WHY JARDIM GRAMACHO?
Located on the outskirts of the marvelous city of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which breathes samba and joy, Jardim Gramacho is one of the world’s greatest ecological and social wounds.
Photo by Ricardo Moraes/Associated Press
Known worldwide through the lenses of international artist Vik Muniz (Waste Land, 2011) and Stephen Daldry’s latest film, (Trash, 2015), Gramacho's landfill sites were closed to the public in 2012, in the run-up to the Rio+20 global sustainability conference. However, more than 1,000 families of former waste pickers (catadores), including their children, still live in the area. The majority of them live in settlements of flimsy dwellings made of plywood, cardboard, metal and whatever material they can find. They have no proper sanitation, or even access to a reliable supply of water. Also in need of immediate attention, is the lack of professional opportunities for the former waste pickers and their families, who struggle to find work due to the stigma they have to endure.
For almost 40 years, Jardim Gramacho has received what people threw away from their homes. Occupying an area of 1.3 million square meters, Gramacho has thus gained the title of the largest landfill in Latin America.
HELP US IMPLEMENT A CREATIVE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME
THAT WILL BE LOCALLY SUSTAINABLE
However, Gramacho’s bleak reality is not seen in the eyes and smiles of the children who live there.
WHAT? One week creative program that will be locally sustainable to build the skills and ignite the creativity of the children and young people living at Jardim Gramacho, Rio de Janeiro, through using photography as a tool of voice & advocacy and by equipping the community with sustainable values.
WHEN? From 3rd -11th of November 2018.
WHO? Together with local community leaders, 20 children and youngsters from 8 to 17 years old, residents of Jardim do Gramacho, will participate.
HOW? The children and youngsters will attend photography workshops designed to voice community issues and harness their potential.
ACTIVITIES: The children will be given cameras and then learn photography to capture their realities firsthand. They will be offered a space to reimagine a different future for their community instead of the wasteland that it once was.
PROJECT LEGACY: All cameras, resources, methodology and training will be donated to the community to keep so they can continue the project locally. They will also receive on going support from our network.
THE EXHIBITION: The images taken by the participants will be shown at an exhibition in Jardim Gramacho on the 10th November. The photos will also be exhibited in London and be available to shows, educational events and further opportunities.
We want to promote dignity, build capacity and ignite the creativity of the children who live at Jardim Gramacho.
SUPPORT A SUSTAINABLE EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMME
THAT WILL HAVE DIRECT COMMUNITY IMPACT!
Everyone who donates will receive a free print of one of the pictures made by the children in Rio. To claim your print, please email