From the beginning of the pandemic, the project Geração que Move had two focuses: providing support for families maintained by young people in low-income areas of Rio and producing content with safe information regarding the pandemic. Masks are a central topic on the videos, voice notes and texts that had been created and spread by the young leaders of the project. They live in different favelas in Rio’s North and East zones – periphery areas of the city -, and bring the youth and periphery to the debates about protection during the pandemic.
These young leaders are the ones receiving part of the masks that have been produced especially for the project. Other young volunteers and partners that are collaborating on the frontline of the battle against Covid-19 will also receive the masks. Thus, in addition to the protection in order to distribute food parcels and books safely, it highlights the importance of its use, now and in the future.
The support that enabled the production of one thousand masks came from the United Kingdom, through Agência de Redes para Juventudes’ partner People’s Palace Projects, who introduced Geração que Move to In Place of War, who issued the grant. “We noticed that the communities that we were working with would face another challenge, from the impact of the Covid-19”, says Ruth Daniel, CEO of In Place of War. The global organisation that uses creativity as a tool to promote positive change in conflict places adapted its work to the new reality faced in different communities around the world. “We wanted to make money available so that people in those communities would do what they needed”, explains Ruth.
Through partnerships and donation campaigns, In Place of War has established a COVID-19 emergency fund that has reached 40 organisations across 16 countries. “It’s been quite amazing to see how different communities around the world could adapt and are responding creatively to the challenges they are facing. We hope to issue more grants to support more people in the future”, says Ruth.
* Geração que Move is an initiative by UNICEF in partnership with Arteris and Abertis Foundation, executed by Agência de Redes para Juventude in the city of Rio. Agência’s team work with 20 teenagers and young leaders from favelas and peripheries, who: distribute food parcels and books to families in need and produce content with safe information regarding the pandemic. In Rio, the project also receives support from People’s Palace Projects and Unibanco Institute.