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VOF: Week Two "A Different World For My Children"


“A Different World For My Children”

My name is Ivaldete Santos Das Neves. I am black and very proud and I am Brazilian. I live in a small home with my two daughters and four grandchildren. I am an artist and I work with a non profit in Rio. My story with art began when on after years of unemployment I became very depressed and my brother presented me with an old sewing machine that still worked very well. I still have this sewing machine and use it with lots of love and care. I am accustomed to saying that everything I make from this sewing machine has a little bit of the story of my life in it. When I am sewing or creating a piece of art I am dreaming and imagining beautiful things.
The house I live in needs repair. I have to fix the roof because when it rains or when there is wind it is difficult to sleep. The rain comes in through the roof and the roof has already come off twice. I know that I am not a professional yet, but I am learning. I am also learning how to take care of everyone.
One day when I was feeling depressed I resoled to take a dance class. For me dance is a form of therapy that I love and respect. When I arrived I came across a teacher that was giving a hip hop class. I felt something really beautiful, as if we already knew each other a long time, maybe in another life. And so we became friends and discovered that outside of her being my soul twin she was also my guardian angel. She saw everything about my story up close. My life, my work, my family and the sacrifices.
She made a documentary about my life, including my work. In this documentary I talk in detail about my life, my work, my kids and especially my oldest son for whom I passed thru the most difficult moments of my life.
My son Wellen was part of the world of the drug traffic and today, thank god, he is a changed man. My big fight was to help him liberate himself, which meant frequenting dangerous places. My big victory was when I was able to pay the ransom to set him free.
My youngest daughter Jessica makes me proud every day. She is a beautiful ballerina and dreams of leaving the favela and going to college for dance outside of Brasil. When she dances she uses her body to travel. She becomes completely free. When I sew and she dances we have total freedom in body and mind. We let go of thoughts of the violent world of the favela we live in.
Thanks to my guardian angel I found World Pulse. I can connect with women who share interests or have a life story that mirrors my own and because of that we can trade ideas, consul, information and maybe one day meet face to face. I came from poverty and I promised I would make a different world for my children. I haven’t fulfilled this promise yet, but with things like World Pulse I believe I can have a better future and realize my dream to open a shop with art from other countries and with women who can tell their life stories. I want to better my home and before I leave this life I want to leave a little bit more comfort for my children.




What a story you have! I was captivated from start to finish. The imaginative life of art, senses, creativity bringing your spirit to life and your dream of a better way. Though you haven't fulfilled the promise to escape poverty, your spirit and voice are soaring high. I'm an artist as well and my story is not dissimilar in ways. So, I'd love to share more and hear what type of art you create?

Your story about your son is compelling and your daughter. You are speaking for them here. I think it's vital for you to connect to this community gaining strength, recognition, and connection.

Great journal and best wishes in the VOF process.


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Shining Brightly

Thank you, Ivaldete, for this beautiful journal entry!

You, your family and your story are inspiring. I love the way you describe your experience of freedom with the words:
"When she dances she uses her body to travel. She becomes completely free. When I sew and she dances we have total freedom in body and mind."

This is gorgeous prose, exquisite imagery...and I too can feel this freedom when dancing! Your creative spirit is shining brightly here--as bright as that better future of your dreams!

All the Best


Emily Garcia
World Pulse Online Community Lead

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Dear Ivaldete, Hello. I’m writing a book about global youth viewpoints. I’d appreciate your help forwarding the book questions to young people 19 and younger. Ideally, a teacher would give them as a writing assignment. OK to respond to the questions in Portuguese. Esperando, Gayle

Caro estudante,
Eu estou escrevendo un livro sobre criancas. Estou coletando dados de diversas paises para ter uma idea das atitudes de jovens ate 18 anos de idade.

1.Si voce pude fazer uma pergunta a pessoa mais sabia do mundo, o que voce perguntaria a ele e o que voce gostaria saber sobre ele?
2. O que te irrita mais em sua vida diaria?
3. Se houvesse alguma coisa que voce pudesse modificar nos adultos, o que seria?
4. Se voce pudesse modificar alguma coisa em voce mesmo, o que seria?
5. O que voce gosta de fazer para se distrair?
6. Quando voce se sentiu mais amada?
7. Por que voce acha que esta vivendo neste mundo, e por que razao?
8. Numa escala de 1 a 100, qual e a nota que voce daria para sua escola? E porque?
9. Qual trabalho voce gostaria de exercer quando for adulto e porque?
10. Se voce fosse o presidente de sua pais, que modificasao faria?Teria algum coisa mais que gostaria fazer?

Seu e.mail
Qual e o nome que voce gosaria ser chamado no livro?
Quantos anos voce tem?
Voce e minino o menina?

Esperando os seus respotos.

Greetings from California. I'm writing a book that gives you and other young people around the world an opportunity to say what's on your mind. This is your chance to be heard. Many of you have wonderful suggestions for how to make our world a better to live in, so I'm asking people age 19 and under to respond to 10 questions. I’ll compare your answers by age, gender, and location.
See for the questions and photos of schools and students I’ve visited on three continents. Also see
(I’ve written other peer-based books for youth, including The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide and How to Survive Your Parents’ Divorce: Kids’ Advice to Kids.) Please also forward to kids and their teachers so they can be part of the global youth book.
Thanks, Gayle Kimball, Ph.D.

1. If you could ask a question of the wisest person in the world,
what would you ask her or him about life?
2. What bothers you in your daily life? What practice best helps you stay calm?
3. If there was one thing you could change about adults, what
would it be?
4. What would you like to change about yourself?
5. What do you like to do for fun?
6. When have you felt most loved by someone else?
7. Why do you think you’re here on earth; what’s your purpose?
8. On a scale of 1 to 100, how highly would you grade your
school? Why?
9. What work would you like to do when you're an adult?
10. If you were the leader of your country, what changes would you make?
11. Imagine you get to write on a T-shirt going on a trip around the world. What do you want your T-mail to say to people?

What questions are missing that you’d like to answer? Your email. . . . . . .
What first name would you like used in the book to quote you?
How old are you?
Girl or boy?
What city and country do you live in?
Gracias! Merci! Danke! Arrigato! Chi chi!

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> > > > > Essential Energy Tools book and 3 videos.
> > > > > 21st Century Families: Blueprints for Family-Friendly Workplaces,
Schools and Governments. (Equality Press)
> > > > > How to Create Your Ideal Workplace (Equality Press)
> > > > > The Teen Trip: The Complete Resource Guide (Equality Press)
> > > > > 50/50 Parenting (Lexington Books)
> > > > > 50/50 Marriage (Beacon Press)
> > > > > ed. Everything You Need to Know to Succeed After College (Equality
> > > > > How to Survive Your Parents' Divorce (Equality Press)
> > > > > ed. Women's Culture (Scarecrow Press)
> > > > Ed. Women's Culture Revisited. (Scarecrow Press, 2005)

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