I would like to tell the story of Ana , a girl that even fictional , is real.
Ana lives in a community in the metropolitan region of Belo Horizonte – Brazil and daily passes through the old square in the neighborhood that is now in ruins . No lighting, banks are broken , defaced , the woods took over the concrete that existed there and the trees are increasingly decadent without pruning , and the square is rarely clean .
Ana bother with this situation, because she´s seeing her neighborhood marginalizing around this square. And where a few years ago was a recreation area , is today one of the most dangerous and impassable area especially during the night .
Like Ana , many of us have that same feeling when we pass by our community . Squares , streets , walls , schools … Everything is so bad that we no longer have the pleasure of walking through our neighborhood .The environment opened gaps for marginalization , forcing our family and friends to stay at home or seek other places away from the community to enjoy our leisure time .
Ana got tired of complaining in corners and had a brilliant idea to change this situation . Invited some friends and soon started a list of actions that could improve that environment.
Ana and her friends were behind a town planner who liked the idea and offered his help to develop a project implementation , this project included some flowers , grass , cement , grids , wood , lamps and other materials . Ana’s friends decided to ask for help with the materials over the stores on the neighborhood to revitalize the square. Everything was ready to go!
Ana and her friends invited other friends through social networks to assist in the execution of the project and was a hit in two days managed to urbanize the square of the neighborhood giving another face to the community .
Once completed, it was noted the need to do some arts graffiti on the walls around the new play area to let it more colorful. They decided to create a drawing contest in the square. Artists submitted their proposals , the community voted, and the best artist signed his work making the place even more beautiful .
With this work , Ana and all the community gained a beautiful recreation area that is now the community itself who will cherish for its conservation . The planner responsible for the urban design and the artist who colored the square gained a great opportunity to get experience, plus one stunning portfolio for their career .
We all have a little Ana inside of us, I’m Ana , Ana is you. We want to change the situation in our community , but we don´t know where to start .
Well, we didn´t… Now we have the tool for that.