The inhabitants of one of Rio de Janeiro's largest slums have been given a new lease on life by Fr. Hello de Alencar, whose parish of Our Lady of Glory is built of tin and cardboard shacks. "The first problem was water," he said. "Dwellers had to walk long distances for it."
With government help. Sisaterwas piped to 18 points. Then the citizens elected a 17-member council to direct further reforms. "A literacy course was organised and now it has 30 pupils." said Fr. Helio. We also formed a mothers* club, and organised a monthly distribution of free basic foodstuffs."