The Human Cost of Your Mother’s Day Flowers | VICE | United States

Lorena never wanted to work in the cut-flower industry. But when she gave birth to the first of two daughters at the age of 19, she understood she needed the money. In the region of Colombia where Lorena has spent her entire life known as the Bogotá Savanna—cut flowers are king. “There’s no other work, no other industry here,” she told me when I visited her this spring. As a single mother, Lorena had few alternatives but to enter the vast farms and factories, where she cut, trimmed, and arranged carnations, alstroemerias, and roses for export to flower-hungry US consumers. . . . .  Continue reading

Fairy-Tale Night In A Favela

Hey y’all! I just love this article covered by the AP on how these beautiful girls, were able to have their debutante party, despite their economical status. I just wish we could do this for girls like them all over the world. It made me cry. Oh and yea great job with those dashing young policemen, they look fabulous escorting those gorgeous girls. Great way to do some meaningful PR work! Go Brazil!

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Photos by Silvia Izquierdo

Dressed in long evening gowns, girls from Rio de Janeiro’s Santa Marta “favela” slum have celebrated a fairy-tale evening in a debutante ball sponsored by local police.

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