Urban Activism Worldwide: Caring for PeoplePresentation Transcript
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Oranssi renovates houses
for young people looking for a
more communal way of living.
Members must be under 24 years
old and need to take responsibility
for the work and to be prepared for
a communal lifestyle.
Residents participate in the
renovations from the beginning
and maintain the houses.
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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An initiative of the Santa
Marta neighborhood focusing
on childcare and education of
children in the community.
This daycare facility is an
alternative for families that
allows mothers to have a job
knowing that their children
The initiative began with a group
of five mothers, who arranged to
leave their children under the care
of one of them in her own house.
The group of mothers produced
and sold snacks and crafts
in order to raise capital. With
their profits and a bank loan,
they purchased a property and
established a day-care.
We Will Shine
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Arzoo is a center for education
and arts and crafts activities
whose mission is to bridge the
gap between Hindus and Muslims
created by communal riots in
For a nominal fee, Arzoo provides
basic education to children 5-15
years in age, irrespective of their
background. Participating children
are mostly rag pickers, laborers,
and street hawkers.
In 2002 the founder of Arzoo,
Sulekha Ali, started playing with
the orphans in the camp.
This led to the formation of a play
group and later a small school,
resulting in a bigger family beyond
the boundaries of blood relations,
color, caste, religion, or ethnicity.
Sichuan, Guangxi, Yunnan,
Guizhou, Shanxi, and Henan,
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1kg More is based on the concept
of travelers bringing 1 kilogram of
old books, stationery, or garments
to donate to schools and children
along their journeys.
The goal of the initiative is to
enable direct communication.
Through personal meetings,
tourists are able to provide
resources to residents and
to broaden worldviews.
Community Healthcare Unit
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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A group of women in Água Santa
neighborhood formed a health care
unit to assist their own community.
Focusing on women’s health
education and awareness, they
hold lectures and meetings and
make house visits to residents.
They teach women to do breast
self-examinations as a means
of disease prevention. This helps
locals to be more independent
from the often overburdened
public healthcare system.
Hexi District, Tianjin, China
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Members of the Wenxinshe,
a seniors association, use
their various skills to help
the community’s residents.
The Wenxinshe includes a
calligraphy and painting team,
a Yangko team, a riding team,
and many other groups.
As the city grows, people are
leaving their houses and moving
into apartments, leading to the
deterioration of relationships
As a result, some residents of
this community (most of them
are elderly) set up the seniors
association that has become a
bond connecting the residents.
It serves as an advocate for
them and helps people living
in the neighborhood.
Family Based Childcare
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This project connects families
who need childcare who also have
additional space in their homes.
Each family may accommodate
up to three other children in their
house for five hours a day, five
days a week.
This initiative has several aims:
one, to provide childcare for
families that don’t have access
to it, and two, to create social
networks between families.
Vicini di Casa
Social Housing Agency
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Vicini di Casa is a social housing
agency that helps mediate
between demand and supply
The agency works primarily with
immigrants and provides loans to
pay for rental deposits, organizes
sublets, and provides support in
negotiations with landlords.
Community Service Centre
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The Luoshan Community Service
Centre is the only public space for
elderly people that operates in an
open and self-managed style. It
combines a service center for youth
with the service center for elders.
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The walking bus encourages
children to walk to and from
school in the safety of a group,
under the supervision of one or
Living Room Restaurant
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Many older people miss being
able to cook for and entertain
their family after their children
leave home. Often they have
fewer social opportunities
The Living Room Restaurant is
based on organized dinner parties
for strangers, taking placing in
people’s houses for a low price.
After reserving a place via email
or phone, people can spend the
evening at a host’s dining table
with a group of new people.
Self-Help for the Elderly
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This self-help community of
elderly retired people runs a
shop and a small diner, giving
opportunities to socialize, sell
homemade handicrafts, and
eat out for a low price.