BECEI: the story of the first favela library

We met Cabral a few years ago in Sao Paulo when he showed us around BECEI, the library he founded when he was 14 years old. It was the first library to open in a favela.  Politicians said it wouldn’t work. Local gangs attacked it. Cabral persisted. Today it has around 60,000 members and has helped to transform the community of Paraisopolis.

His story has stuck with us ever since. Together with researcher Carla Rollo and editors Jamie Robertson and Laura Wiggins we’ve made a short film about the BECEI library and Cabral’s work. You can watch the film here.

This film is the first in a series we are making about people who are transforming communities around the world. For more information see Reasons To Be Hopeful 

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