Sunday, January 16, 2011

Dance Lest we All Fall Down

About an one anthropologist's work in Brazilian shanty towns.

"Instead of using a top-down reform model that came in with assumptions of what was best for poor people, they decided to ask shantytown residents themselves about what changes they wanted. Overwhelmingly, the people they talked to said they wanted education for their girls.

That was the beginning of the Bahia Street project. It started small - with a commitment to put one 11-year-old orphan through school, while tutoring four other girls to prepare them for the rigors of a formal education."

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