White Flow

Human beings for many reasons leave sleeping their spiritual part. 
 
I'm from Brazil. A poor country that I could grow up and live closer miserable people that need help everyday. My parents taught me to improve this compassion virtude (to help people) since I was children. I've tried. Three years ago I promised to do something to the solidarity and peace after finished a conflit resolution program with politics from Israel and Palestine. Then, I thought to criate a personal project, the White Flow. The projects White Flow has a “running challenge” and a message of “peace or solidarity”.
 
White Flow Camino de Santiago (October/2012)
Running Challenge: Run the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, a famous pilgrim track that cross France and Spain by mountain, paths and villages. It was 860 km in 10 days without support crew and sleeping in huts.
Solidarity Meaning: Visit and raise funds to children with cancer. Helping a Spanish Foundation and a Brazilian Foundation.
*1st woman to run the Camino de Santiago de Compostela/World Record/10 days/No support/Faster runner.
 
White Flow Favela da Rocinha (Februrary/2013)
Running Challenge: Run inside the most dangerous and biggest favela in Brazil, through the alleys, stairways and paths of this “different mountain” in a vertical climb, from its base to its top.
Peace Meaning: Nowadays there are more than 1.500 favelas, or ghettos, in Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil. Rocinha, with about 850 square meters and 59.000 inhabitants, is the biggest one of the city and the entire country, and one of the carioca’s ghettos that is heading toward its pacification. Fernanda's goal was collaborate with the consolidation of the peace through sport, showing people that is possible to run or walk through favela’s paths safety and that they are not any more synonym of danger. This is just possible thanks to the pacification process of the Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, a Estate Secretary of Security’s program that is recovering territories that had been for decades occupied by traffic and “milicianos”. With the creation of Peacemaker Policy Units, the UPPs, the program try to bring closer policy and inhabitants and encourage social activities.
*Today are happening Running Races and Mountain Bike races inside the Favela da Rocinha.
 
White Flow Nepal (November/2013)
Running Challenge: Run the Everest Trail Race, one of the hardest race in the world, 160 kilometres and 29,000 meters of total elevation gain on six days.
Solidarity Meaning: After this long race on the high Himalaya's mountains, She could keep running to Kailash home, a foundation close Kathmandu. This project she's worked to the Foundation Mountaineers for Himalayas (organization born in 2002 in the Principality of Andorra with the aim to gather the efforts of the mountain community to promote basic education projects in the area of the Himalayas). Fernanda could share her run from Kathmandu to Kailash home with 100 children that live on Kailash home to study.
*1st woman on Everest Trail Race/Record time race.
*Fernanda's followers and sponsors have sent some mountain material and books to the head office of the Foundation.
*Kailash Running Club has been created after Fernanda's visit.
 
White Flow Aconcagua (January/2016)
Running Challenge: Female record of Aconcagua, running up and down the highest moutain of America, 6.989 meters high in 22h52min (up and down) and 14h53min (up).
Sustainability Meaning: Cleaning the Aconcagua National Park, showing about recycling.
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VIDEO: (http://www.redbull.com/es/es/adventure/stories/1331781672535/record-ascenso-aconcagua-montana-fernanda-maciel-video)
 
 
 
 
 
WHITE FLOW NEPAL
 
Thirty minutes, that is all it took to depart from Lukla, the trails and mountains of the Himalayas replaced by the noise and frantic activity of Kathmandu. To say that theEverest Trail Race had been an experience would be an underestimation. I have been extremely fortunate to travel to some beautiful places and follow some incredible races in the past couple of years, but the ETRNepal and the visual splendor of Everest and its sister peaks was a joy to behold.
As a photographer (amongst other things), Nepal was always going to tick several boxes on so many levels. I love to see culture, people and the life of a place unfold before my eyes and if I get things right, I hope to capture that in images. The diversity of the region; noise, congestion, and the buzz of Kathmandu, to the open trails and the simple pleasures of the Khumbu region was an experience that I will take with me forever. I will return to Nepal but it will be different next time. It will never be like the first time, the first time is unique.
As we landed in Kathmandu, runners and staff from the ETR started to say, ‘it’s over’. I couldn’t disagree more. We had a day and a half before our respective journey’s home and in that time I wanted to make the most of what was on offer.
A trip down Tamil Street to experience the banter, buzz and shopping experiences of a Bazaar is always a great experience. Here in Kathmandu it was no different. Like a step back in time, I bantered and bargained for the ‘best’ price on presents and souvenirs for loved ones at home.
The final day arrived. It’s a very definite thing the word ‘final’. I wanted to ensure that my final day was the start of something else and to that end I was elated to be involved inWhite Flow Nepal.
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Fernanda, following on from her White Flow Brazil project decided to utilize her free time in Nepal and in conjunction with the *‘Mountaineers for Himalayas Foundation’ (www.mount4him.org), Fernanda created White Flow Nepal with a primary aim to help the children at Kalaish Children’s Home.
The Kailash Hostel (www.hfy-us.org) is operated by the Himalayan Children’s Foundation. The ‘HCF’ is a Nepali charity organization who provides education and care to underprivileged children. Currently, 92-children are homed at Kalaish.
Evicted from three rental buildings, the children at Kalaish have been provided with a home due to donations and charitable endeavors. These donations allowed HCF to build a completely new hostel consisting of three buildings, a dining/administration room, boy’s dorm and girls dorm. Located in the quiet valley of Gorkarna just outside the center of Kathmandu, they have created a secure and stable environment for the children. The buildings were inaugurated by the US Ambassador to Nepal in 2007.
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Education, healthcare, extra-curricular activities, a vegetable garden, music, dance, swimming, and mountaineering all provided to the children who come from the remotest parts of mountain villages in Nepal with an emphasis placed on children from the Tibetan border region. The main reason for this has been the lack of facilities on offer for the children in these remote areas. For example, the nearest school was a three to four hours walk away. Children are accepted from 5-7 years old and are cared for until they graduate. It’s an incredibly warm, welcoming and happy environment.
Fernanda wanted to provide some assistance, no matter how small. So armed with bags of clothes and with assistance from OverstimsCompressport and The North Face,Fernanda provided essential items to help facilitate the day-to day experiences of the children of Kalaish Children’s Home.
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It was quite an experience! The joy, the laughter, the cheers and most importantly, the smiles, made every step of this run a wonderful step to something more positive. I could see a bigger picture and after all I had experienced in the past 12 to 13 days I could see it all making sense in this final journey. We were doing something very small that was making and creating a massive impact.
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Inside the dining/ community room a surprise awaited. Once a month, birthdays are celebrated and today an extra cake had been made, one for Fernanda. Joining the ‘top table’, Fernanda blended in perfectly. Grinning like a small child, Fernanda embraced the celebrations and when it came to celebrating, she followed tradition by smearing some cake on the children’s faces. In a place were food is such a precious commodity, it was wonderful to see the children, irrespective of age, allowed to be children.
 
The whole experience was rewarding, uplifting and reassuring. Nepal and its people are special. Amongst the beauty and diversity I witnessed great extremes. Poverty on a scale I have not witnessed before and this was contrasted by some of the most dramatic and beautiful scenery I have had the pleasure to witness. The Kalaish Children’s Home and other places like this are the very very tip of the iceberg. They don’t even make a dent in the very apparent social issues that are so clearly present within the whole of Nepal. But, every little helps. In spite of this, I have the found the people, irrespective of wealth or social standing, the most welcoming, generous and friendly of all I have met. I leave Nepal not with something coming to an end, but with a beginning. I witnessed on the face of each and every child that our ‘disposable’ items could generate happiness, warmth and pleasure. It’s time to look within and think, ‘what can I do to help?’ Believe me, the donation of clothes, toys, books, writing materials or a donation of say £10 literally can make a huge difference.
I sincerely thank Fernanda Maciel, the staff and the children from Kalaish Children’s Home for providing me with the opportunity to experience something that will allow me the opportunity to look within and find a way to help in the future.
Namaste
Would you like to help? Why not donate to one of the faces Kalaish make a payment to Paypal account: iancorless@mac.com all proceeds will go to the Kalaish Children’s Home.
Fernanda Maciel – 
*Mountaineers for the Himalaya’s Foundation is a private, non-political, non-profit making, non-religious and non-governmental organization created by Mountaineers to help and assist children in remote and mountainous regions of Nepal, Pakistan, Tibet, India and Bhutan.


WHITE FLOW - ACONCAGUA
 
 
My dream was to run UP and DOWN the fastest possible the Aconcagua summit! Aconcagua is the highest mountain of America at 6.960m (22.837 ft). It is one of the Seven Summits and the only one out of Himalayas. During the past years and also this January many ultra runners girls have tried the record but any girl could done it yet.

My experience was tough, -30ºC degrees, 50km/h of wind, running in wild and high places at night alone without oxygen! I've spent 45 days training on high altitud, running and exploring around 5.000m and 6.000m everyday, contemplaring magic landscapes and feeling strong. But during the “record day” I couldn't administrate my bad sensations from the high altitud problems and I got sick with dehydrated, fever, headache, cold, cough... and probably starting a Pulmonary Edema at the end. I started to run at 3am from the base 2.800m and I stopped at 5.900m high. It was hard to my mind because one week before I was running pretty good and confident about my body, aclimatation and emotions.

I'm coming back next January 2016 to try again. I can not stop to dream, I can not give up.

About the sustainability:

I was environmental laywer in my past and I worked with recycle programs. This is the why I was interested to learn and share how a big Natural Park can managed the garbage! The Aconcagua Park has 3 ways to manage the rubbish! 1) Plastic bag to personal waste. 2) Big expedition companies take care of huge rubbish from all. 3) The helicopter take out from the mountain the 28.000 kg fecal residuos (shit) that are left on high altitud by the andinistas people (around 7500 andinistas per season)! The Park is happy with this work, but it's still bad because the recycle system doesn't work. All the rubbish from the Park goes to Mendoza (big city) but it is not recycled there!

I've spoken with the Consul in Mendonza, and they are trying to concentrate the rubbish in another place close Mendonza to be recycled.



 
 
WHITE FLOW - NEPAL

From 3rd to 15th November Brazilian trail runner and global athlete from The North Face team Fernanda Maciel will run the Everest Trail Race. It will be her first staged race, summing 160 kilometres and 14,500 meters of total elevation gain on five days run.

But she wants to do more for Himalaya than just running there. Since the last “White Flow Brazil – Favela da Rocinha” she is preparing her next project on a partnership with the Foundation Mountaineers for Himalayas (organization born in 2002 in the Principality of Andorra with the aim to gather the efforts of the mountain community to promote basic education projects in the area of the Himalayas): the “White Flow Nepal”.

How to cooperate?
You can donate mountain material or book in english, sending it to the head office of the Foundation (adress bellow).

Your help is important to help us to spread and obtain the most cooperation posible.

More information soon. 

www.fernandamaciel.es and www.everesttrailrace.com

Fundació Muntanyencs per l’Himàlaia

www.mount4him.org

Plaça de la Germandat, 9
AD600 Sant Julià de Lòria - Andorra

photo: google
 
 
WHITE FLOW - FAVELA DA ROCINHA - RIO DE JANEIRO
 
There were three main factions of drugs and firearm in Rio de Janeiro: Red Command (CV), Third Command (TC) and Friends of Friends (ADA) racing to get the power of firearm, drugs and crime. Two years ago, this project would not be feasible inside this favela considered the most dangerous in the country. A person running inside the Rocinha was the best sight for a bandit unload your firearm and demonstrate its power. 
 

Photo: Bruno Senna
 
The pacification deployed in Rocinha was a new program developed by the Department of State Security and has had positive results through the Peacekeeping Police Units (UPPs), which approximates the population and police. They deployed social programs in communities previously neglected.
 
I've got four licenses to run and film inside the Favela. A runner and resident of Rocinha's showed me the most beautiful and safest route to get to the highest peak of this "mountain". Today there are many "motocicle-taxi" or "motocicle-boy" taking people from the base to their homes on the top of the hill Rocinha.
 
I started running from the base of the Rocinha, up the main street, passing lanes, alleys and stairways to reach the top of Peak Dionésia covered by  the forest. From the Peak Dionésia, I went down toward the base of the UPP (Police Pacification Unit) getting again the main street of Rocinha and finishing the "vertical climb" on the most famous peak, the Peak Visual. A total of 4.2 km and 400m high from sea level in a time of 25'08'' min. Many cars, residents and police transiting through the main street enjoying the Carnival in Rio. I visited children and gave them a "class", playing how to run uphill.
 
 
Photo: Bruno Senna
 
Today there are two events organized in Rocinha, a mountain bike race with BOPE's help (Special Police Operations Battalion) and another 10 km road run race. The UPP's help them.
 
In my opinion, this stable community and the UPP's occupation should have happened more than 100 years ago. The public safety is the most important issue to be discussed today in Rio de Janeiro. A rifle bullet reaches five thousand miles away, disarmament was the most successful in the Favela Rocinha. 
 
Experts say crime is everywhere in the world, Paris, Barcelona, ​​Hong Kong, South Africa, Miami, Chicago.
 
The government of Rio de Janeiro has worked heavily in this development and promises to pacify another 40 favelas to the World Cup in 2014 and another 60 more before the 2016 Olympic Games. The government and the people believe in this process. Gradually the security is improving and is an example for other states and cities around the world.
 
I am very happy to have lived this experience. Sports like football, capoeira or run can be an opportunity for children to play now. Not like before, where the game was the firearms and drugs.
 
 
Phtoto: Bruno Senna
 
 
WHITE FLOW - FAVELA DA ROCINHA / RIO DE JANEIRO

Peace is possible!
Nowadays there are more than 1.500 favelas, or ghettos, in Rio de Janeiro/ Brazil. Rocinha, with about 850 square meters and 56.300 inhabitants, is the biggest one of the city and the entire country, and one of the carioca’s ghettos that is heading toward its pacification. It will be there, during Carnival, where Fernanda will run her new project, the White Flow Favela da Rocinha. She will go through the alleys, stairways and paths of this “different mountain” in a vertical climb, from its base to its top. Her goal is collaborate with the consolidation of the peace through sport, showing people that is possible to run or walk through its paths safety and that favelas are not any more synonym of danger.
Fernanda will be there the next Saturday and Sunday, February 9 and 10th, with the cinematographer Bruno Senna (Raw Production).
Soon the new White Flow’s video will be released!
This is just possible thanks to the pacification process of the Rio de Janeiro’s favelas, a Estate Secretary of Security’s program that is recovering territories that had been for decades occupied by traffic of drugs and “milicianos” (corrupt police). With the creation of Peacemaker Policy Units, the UPPs, the program try to bring closer policy and inhabitants and encourage social activities.
To wach some Favela da Rocinha's images: http://youtu.be/Lo0_m7g4zEs
 

 

Foto: Leszek. 
 
White Flow - Camino de Santiago

Human beings for many reasons leave sleeping their spiritual part. The spiritual part and intuition show us how to be a simple and better person.

Camino de Santiago for children with Cancer.

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