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

The Philanthropic Fund PerifaConnection was released in March 2020. Since then, it has supported the work of the social group of the same name, which makes the contests of narratives about youth in the peripheries of Brazil. The PerifaConnection bets on communication: it uses the public debate led by youth from the peripheries as the main tool to combat racism, inequalities and to build 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 accomplished was a partnership with the Caxias Movement. It provided 7.500 families with basic food baskets, hygiene kits and organic food. These families are part of a network previously mobilized by the initiative, comprised by several local acting groups in Baixada Fluminense. Furthermore, in cooperation with the NGO Criola and the Marielle Franco Institute, the PerifaConnection also started acting in the “Agora é a hora”, an initiative that assists  citizens to register for access to the Federal Government’s emergency income.

The collective also broadened its space in the “Mamilos” podcast and in newspaper Folha de São Paulo through the sum of peripheral voices from other regions of Brazil and the reinforcement of its team of columnists. The Folha de São Paulo newspaper created a newsroom of correspondents from Rio de Janeiro composed of journalists that live in the favelas of Rio, in São Gonçalo and in Baixada Fluminense.

The PerifaConnection intervention also happens through the work of its members Jefferson Barbosa, Wesley Teixeira, Raull Santiago and Salvino Oliveira. They keep acting in the periphery, especially in Complexo do Alemão (Coletivo Papo Reto/Voz da Comunidade), in Cidade de Deus (Frente CDD) and in Caxias. Nina da Hora, who is also a member of the collective, accompanies science and technology groups which treat Covid-19 inside the peripheries. Click here to learn more.