” Like many people during the 1970s, we moved to Rio de Janeiro to find work and a better life. We came here to Santo Amaro and lived in a tent like everyone in the favela at the time. I found a job at a hotel and met many foreigners just like you guys! Little by little people made a bit of money and we started building proper houses and today the favela looks very different! I wanted you to paint the word “Liberdade” (Freedom) on my house because after all these years I’ve realised it’s the most important thing in life. ” Maria.