1.) What is your full name?
Dembore Alves Aredes da Silva
2.) Where do you live?
I live in the favela Rocinha in a area called Cachopa for 2 years and 3 months.
3.) How old are you?
I am 26 years old.
4.) Are you in school or work. Please explain a little about this.
I am not studying at the moment only working as a tour guide here in the community.
I also teach at Spin Rocinha our NGO that is supported by our tourism company Favela Adventures here in Rocinha. I teach the students Dj'ing skills.
I have also been Dj'ing part time in some of the clubs in Rio de Janeiro.
5.) What are your hobbies or things that you like to do when you are not working?
I love to work with music (Dj), ride my BMX bike, surf and work out at the gym.
6.) When you are working as a guide here in Rocinha what is your idea that you want to show for the tourists?
Here when I am working as a guide I want to show the reality of favela life. Like how the government spends a lot of money on unnecessary things, but not on things the favela really needs.
7.) What do you like most about being a guide here in Rocinha?
I really enjoy making new friends and showing the community where I live, contact with tourists and with the community.
8.) What do you like about living in Rocinha?
The warmth of the people here, the vibe of the place and the simplicity of life of the people here.
9.) What don't you like about living in Rocinha?
Many things that our government needs to really resolve like garbage spread on the streets and the open sewers.
10.) If you had a magic wand, what would you change about Rocinha?
If I had the magic wand I would bring eternal peace and equality for all the residents of the community.
11.) What are your plans for your future?
My plans are to work a lot to have the power to but my house here in Rocinha.
I want to continue Dj'ing as spread the love of music.
12.) Anything else that you would like to share with your readers?
I would like that those of you who are reading this can come and visit our poor community but at the same time its very rich. Do we have problems here? Sure. But also we have many wonderful things here too that I would like the world to see. If you come here I will like this because it shows you have an open mind. If not, I hope that you change your mind and visit one day. Thank you to those who are reading this blog!