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SAO PAULO (AP) — One of Sao Paulo’s biggest favelas is celebrating its centennial — a sign of the permanence and resilience of poor communities that were once thought of as temporary. Paraisopolis community leader Gilson Rodrigues says that authorities didn’t do much to help the local residents, “so we learned to organize ourselves.” Across

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — A project to give children in poor neighborhoods a shot at going to the movies has resumed in Rio de Janeiro now that the pace of new cases and deaths from COVID-19 has ebbed. Some 200 children in the Vila Cruzeiro favela lined up to catch a free movie screening

SAO PAULO (AP) — Packages have only just started reaching doorsteps in Sao Paulo’s second-biggest favela, Paraisopolis. It’s thanks to a bespectacled 21-year-old with a degree in information technology. Inspired by community-led distribution of food kits and donations during the pandemic, Giva Pereira founded a logistics startup to handle what retailers call “the last mile”