Fund directs efforts to support low-income residents during the pandemic

The PerifaConnection Philanthropic Fund was launched in March 2020 and, since then, has supported the work of the collective of the same name, which disputes narratives about youths from the peripheries of Brazil. PerifaConnection does this based on communication, with public debate led by youth from the periphery as the main tool for combating racism, inequalities and building new perspectives.

In response to the new coronavirus, the group directed efforts to support low-income residents, especially in Caxias, in the metropolitan region of Rio de Janeiro. One of the actions carried out was the partnership with Movimenta Caxias. The 7,500 families served with food baskets, hygiene kits and organic food are part of a network previously mobilized by the initiative, made up of several groups with local operations in Baixada Fluminense. In addition, in partnership with the NGO Criola and the Marielle Franco Institute, PerifaConnection also started to work on ?Agora é a hora?, an initiative to help with registration to access emergency income from the Federal Government. 

The collective expanded its space on the Mamilos podcast and on Folha de S. Paulo, through the addition of peripheral voices from other regions of Brazil and the reinforcement of its team of columnists. At Folha, alongside Editoria Diversidade, he created a newsroom for correspondents in Rio de Janeiro made up of reporters who live in the favelas of Rio, in São Gonçalo and in the Baixada Fluminense.

PerifaConnection also works through its members, Jefferson Barbosa, Wesley Teixeira, Raull Santiago and Salvino Oliveira, who continue to work in the periphery, especially in Complexo do Alemão (Coletivo Papo Reto/Voz da Comunidade), in Cidade de Deus ( Front CDD) and in Caxias. Nina da Hora, also a member of the collective, monitors science and technology groups that deal with COVID-19 within the peripheries.

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