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What is it?

Ubuntu Lives is a project promoted by Padre António Vieira Institute (IPAV) and winner of the Active Citizenship Program in 2014. The second edition of this project was launched in September 2016 and is sponsored by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.

This project aims to promote and fight for human rights through the development of a program to present, in the first person, the life stories of young people using the methodology of personal storytelling.

The objective is to develop a process of awareness, recovering memories and genesis of meaning, positive integration of everything that was lived and appreciation of their own identity. The final results are presented, voluntarily, in digital format (digital storytelling) to the group of participants and guests, in a special event.

Ubuntu Lives is inspired by the Ubuntu philosophy (“I am because you are”), that is being developed in Portugal by IPAV through the Ubuntu Academy which promotes a culture of hospitality, respect for others, mutual support, sharing, community, care, trust and generosity.

The first edition of Ubuntu Lives took place in Portugal from October 2014 to March 2016, sponsored by EEA Grants (Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein) and managed by Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.