Monday was the first foot tour up to the 'Morro' of Consolocao. A 'Morro' is the Portuguese word for hill but also is referred to by the locals as the community or favela that lives on the slopes over the city. We were given permission to walk-about and visit a person's home, the city social services center, and an elementary school. Each person was required to wear the Joao XXIII t-shirts so that we would be identifiable. The home we visited is part of a joint project between Joao XXIII and local architecture university students from FAESA. These future architects will help the family (their names will not be published to protect privacy) rebuild their kitchen. The home is sandwiched in between a building a dirt hillside. It is damp, humid, moldy, and is subject to many leaks. The home's metal roofing was significantly damaged during a storm several weeks ago. It is expected that the university students will also assist with this project. We will also tour the favela of Rocinha in Rio next week.
Natally is a 7-year-old student that our MOM group worked with at Joao XXIII. She is learning violin and was featured in the state-wide newscast.
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Dr. Eric Spears
I'm a life-long student of Brazil! You will be, too, after this experience!!! Seja bem-vindo estudantes!