TELMA CASTELLO BRANCO
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BIOGRAPHY
 
BIOGRAPHY

Telma Castello Branco was born in the Amazon State and brought up in Manaus and Rio de Janeiro. In the end of 1980 went out from Rio to Fortaleza, where she lived until 1987. She obtained her Master Degree in Sociology of Development, with concentration on rural issues, at the Federal University of Ceara in this same year of 1987. After finished her Master Course, she left Fortaleza to live in Pernambuco, in a rural property at the Center of Alternative Technologies of Ouricuri (CTA-O), in the municipality of Ouricuri-PE, where she remained until December 1994. Most of the period she lived at the countryside of Ouricuri there was drought occurrence (1989 to 1993). People suffered with the drought, children died every day, but families did not lose the faith, the happiness and the will to live. Men used to leave their land seeking for work and means of subsistence outside the municipality. Telma also lived in Recife while working for Oxfam-GB, a British NGO. In April l998 she returned to Rio de Janeiro to work for a Catholic NGO called Ceris. In 2003, she decided to become independent consultant and organize her time to allow herself to do what she likes most...write.

"Write means for me to express my feelings, giving color to the everyday life and voice to poor people I has been meeting in my life journey".