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The Legacy of a Street Kid – Part II.

By Gregory John Smith, published on Dec 28, 2011

The story continues...

During a visit to Wender’s family, the year after his tragic death, I discovered there was a new, but unexpected member in the family; a beautiful little girl. Not recalling Wender’s mother being pregnant on my earlier visits that year I really wondered where this sweet little angel had come from.

On asking about her, Wender’s mother simply replied: “Look a little closer and tell me what immediately comes to mind...”

My answer was the inevitable question: “Wender...?”

....and Wender it was!

That young rascal that we all missed so much... (more)

Tags: brazil, child, death, children, poverty, kids, social, hope, risk, street children, brasil, forsaken people, streets, boys, street kids, abandoned, at risk, impoverished, neglect

The Legacy of a Street Kid – Part I.

By Gregory John Smith, published on Dec 25, 2011

...murdered in 1999. Suddenly and unexpectedly one afternoon, on his way back home from school, two shots were fired from the open window of a passing car, hitting him in the back whereupon he fell to the ground and died on the streets that he had strived so hard to resist the previous years. Nobody ever discovered why, but we suspect it was a cold-blooded execution by relatives of the guy he had killed on the streets a few years earlier. Brazilians can be most revengeful at times.

Wender's death was a tragic loss for all of us who shared his plight.....

( be continued)


Tags: brazil, child, death, children, poverty, kids, social, hope, risk, street children, brasil, forsaken people, streets, boys, street kids, abandoned, at risk, impoverished, neglect

How...? Who...? Why...?

By Gregory John Smith, published on Dec 13, 2011

... self gain. Greed has no class or colour.

Two beloved brothers, united by their involuntary dependency to the streets, forced upon them in childhood by the insecurities of a malfunctioning home and parents.

Roney, the youngest and a born leader, was to meet his match in the face of Brazil’s brutal and almost untouchable street kid killers. I told that story in Last Conversation... and still dread to think of his last fighting moments, grabbed from the streets by those barbarians during the early hours of the morning, in front of the closed bakery that he had tried to break in... (more)

Tags: brazil, child, death, children, poverty, kids, social, hope, risk, street children, brasil, forsaken people, streets, boys, street kids, abandoned, at risk, impoverished, neglect

Surviving The Streets of Brazil...

By Gregory John Smith, published on Dec 7, 2011

...their worries become our worries. Will they survive the time they will need to reach this important turning point in their lives? Each individual child hides an anonymous history, with debts that some day will need to be paid. For a child trying to survive the mean streets of the big cities in Brazil, he would be much safer riding a wild bull at rodeo. Their involvement with the underworld and its multiple criminal activities guarantees that sooner or later these kids will end up spending a good part of their childhood in one of the infamous reform institutions or youth detention centres... (more)

Tags: brazil, child, children, poverty, kids, social, hope, risk, street children, brasil, forsaken people, streets, boys, street kids, abandoned, at risk, impoverished, underprivileged

So Fragile is a Street Kid’s Life...

By Gregory John Smith, published on Dec 5, 2011

To emphasize the problems of police brutality in Brazil, Amnesty International had stated in a report published just before the incident:

"From prison cells in Brazil and Peru to police stations in Mexico and the United States, scores of men, women and children are tortured every day, in spite of national and international laws, and their torturers continue to walk free. Amnesty International's new report highlights the countries where torture inflicted by state officials is widespread or persistent. Brazil is one such country, and the case of fifteen-year-old José is an example: arrested... (more)

Tags: brazil, death, peace, children, kids, murder, violence, social, true story, blood, brasil, forsaken people, streets, streetkids, streetchildren, boys, homicide, shot, tragic

The Fragility of Human Culture...

By Gregory John Smith, published on Dec 4, 2011 generation. What kind of world is it that we honestly desire for our children? Are we really conscience of the choices we make and of the consequences of our decision making for future generations?

In my daily work with at-risk children and young people during my last 20 years in Brazil, I like to believe that what we are offering those children through my organisation, the Children At Risk Foundation, are life values that hopefully they will adopt and pass on to their future offspring, maybe in some way breaking the cycle of an impoverished education. My work has taught me... (more)

Tags: brazil, indigenous, guarani, mbyá, indians, brasil, traditions, natives, guarani mbyá, krukutu, jeguaká mirim, olivio jekupé

Drug Prohibition Is Financing Terrorist Activities

By Dr. Steve, published on Sep 26, 2009

...Their overwhelming conclusion is that legalization is the answer to drug use.“The War on Drugs Is a Failure” is the title of an opinion piece in the February 23, 2009 issue of the Wall Street Journal written by three ex-Latin American Presidents: Fernando Henrique Cardoso, the President of Brazil form 1995-2003, Cesar Gaviria, the President of Colombia from 1990-1994 and Ernesto Zedillo, the President of Mexico from 1994 -2000. The article states, “Violence and the organized crime associated with the narcotics trade remain critical problems in our countries,” and they add that... (more)

Tags: education, brazil, mexico, afghanistan, drug legalization, terrorists

Thunderous Latin Rhythms Reverberated Thru Ucla & Westwood

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Apr 28, 2009

Thunderous Latin Rhythms Reverberated thru UCLA & Westwood

Los Angeles-I’m still feeling the infectious rhythms of charanga, salsa, Latin jazz and Brazilian music in my pulse several days after my recent visit to UCLA and the Hammer Museum in Westwood.

The purpose for my visit was to attend the annual Los Angeles Times Festival of Books on the campus of UCLA as well as The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology and the Hammer Museum joint presentation of Spring Festival of World Music.

Both of these events, held on Saturday, April... (more)

Tags: los angeles, global warming, jazz, movie, california, music, brazil

2nd Annual Brazilian Film Festival

By Ricky Ricardo, published on Mar 16, 2009

2nd Annual Brazilian Film Festival

Los Angeles-Americans have been in awe, intrigued and inspired by Brazilian culture for a long time. There is a large vibrant and thriving community of Brazilians in California thanks in part to the large influx who have settled into Los Angeles, San Diego, Santa Barbara and San Francisco. We can enjoy Brazilian cuisine, martial arts, dance, music, art and get a dose of Carnaval and a full range of Brazilian cinema (animation, documentaries, featured films and short films).

The 2nd Annual Brazilian Film Festival 2009 was held on March 12-15... (more)

Tags: los angeles, san francisco, movie, california, music, brazil

The Three Amigos

By manny osborne, published on Feb 13, 2009

...civilian life. In 1991 through a plebiscite and elected constitutional assembly, Colombia drafted a new, more democratic Constitution, President Gaviria Also undertook economic reforms to modernize and enhance Colombia'scompetitiveness in the world market.

Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil 1995-2003) Building on a successful academic carer, he became deeply involved in Brazil's struggle for democracy to overcome its authoritarian military regime (1964-1985). Elected Senator in 1982, He was a founding member of the Brazilian Social Democratic Party (PSDB). Mr Cardoso served as... (more)

Tags: education, brazil, obama, mexico

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