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Through the lives of the Favela Children, Rio de Janeiro by 

From a tourists vision of Latin American society and culture , there is a whirlwind blur of stereotypes from Carnaval in Rio, Incas in Macchu Picchu, dental-floss bikinis, Argentinan steak, Cachaca rum, Salsa, beautiful beaches and not to forget the beautiful toned beach bodys. But beyond this one-dimensional mirage, as travellers our knowledge of what truly constitutes South America is comparable to really knowing what a Vice President actually does.

Like many third world metropolis’s, Rio de Janeiro is currently experiencing a dramatic increase in population due to the rural poor migrating to the cities. Yet this is a trend that has long been expected to occur with reports dating from 1988* consolidating that 127 million Latin Americans would be living in the cities between the years 1985 and 2000 and that this trend would set to continue. Consequently due to the high land values and the enormous demand for space, the poor are forced into squatter settlements, known as favelas.

Rocinha in Rio de Janeiro is Brazil’s largest favela (slum). Other than the horrific quantity of drug trafficking that haunts this working-class district, another challenging issue it faces is its inability to provide appropriate education for its youth. This calender gives a small insight of the lives of the children that live in this drug-ridden hillside favela.

Yet despite the demanding and hard living-circumstances these children face, the energy, excitement and pure sense of hope they embody proves that money truly doesn’t buy happiness.


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  • rochelle
    rochelleover 5 years ago

    this is a great collection – well done!

  • Thanks very much for taking the time to go through my work Rochelle- I really appreciate it! :D

    – Tash Menon

  • Steve E
    Steve Eover 5 years ago

    It so true what you say, money can’t buy you true happiness. The great thing about children is they live in the moment and not for the future as most adults do. Great collect you have here just a real joy to look through and see genuine fun and happiness from around the world. Keep up this excellent inspiring work.:)

  • Very true Steve, thank so much for taking the time to read what I had wrote as well!! I’m really touched that you like my work :) cheers!

    – Tash Menon

  • Mukesh Srivastava
    Mukesh Srivastavaover 5 years ago

    Love this calendar full of real life pictures…..

  • thanks champ! :)

    – Tash Menon

  • Alexander Gitlits
    Alexander Gitlitsover 5 years ago

    Great collection of works!

  • thanks so much alexander!

    – Tash Menon

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