SALVEASERRA. Grupo Prot. Amb. Serra da Concordia

SALVEASERRA Our mission is to spread awareness and knowledge of environmental conservation and sustainable development with agroforestry farming techniques, to help rural rehabilitation of very low producing areas and to maintain farmers and their families living and working in their lands. This can be achieved with the introduction of a system of land occupation holistic, self-sustainable, organic, biological, renewable and permanent, balanced with the environment and the economic use of natural resources. As mission we have also to spread the concepts of citizenship and better education in order to achieve superior earnings and quality of life.
Nov 14, 2012

Project update November 2012.

Another group of students on the trail.
Another group of students on the trail.

Dear donors,

The new Visitors Centre is almost finished as you will see in the pictures and once ready, it will enormously help the reception of students that come for the environmental and educational “A Day in the Atlantic Rainforest” ecological trekking program. Visitors of our Atlantic Rainforest private protection area, people that come to our place that are interested in the Agroforestry and the Permaculture projects, and tourists will also benefit greatly of our new facilities. Important to remind that this new centre is being built partially with funds provided from GlobalGiving/Neutrogena prize.

Please see this presentation of the construction of this center step by step:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/VisitorCenterStepByStep?authkey=Gv1sRgCNy35Y_Ik525TA&feat=email

Schools continue to come and we received two during this period. Please slideshow of this visit, where they could visit the Visitors Centre at work:

https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/ADayInTheAtlanticRainforestMunicipalSchoolReginaCoeliAmorimCambotaValencaBrazil?authkey=Gv1sRgCMGTu-Po96mDSg&feat=email

Rains came back and we are preparing to plant our seedlings. We have a stock of about 1000 in our tree nursery and intend to by some more we Project funds.

 

You probably don’t know but because of the “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” project with GlobalGiving, I was considered an Architect of Change in 2010, as I was invited to participate of a Canadian/French worldwide TV series, in a program called Artisans du Changement, in English became Architects of Change. Architects of Change: “Is there a way that allows everyone to benefit from our planet's riches without compromising our resources for future generations? The answer has been given by men and women from all four corners of the earth who have succeeded in creating new models for economical development. They have gone new ways to achieve sustainable and lasting growth for mankind and our planet. They are farmers, chemists, architects, doctors, tradesmen and bankers. These Architects of Change are looking for and practicing innovative solutions which counteract the many threats to our future. Far from being political or economical militants, these Architects of Change are, above all, entrepreneurs. Our documentary series will be visiting this new kind of pioneers. They believe in a capitalism that can create social, economic and environmental wealth. They are not the only ones who promote such ideas, but they are the only ones who can prove that their ideas work out in day-to-day life.”

Here their page: http://www.architectsofchange.tv/television-program, my participation: http://www.architectsofchange.tv/television-program/towards-the-sustainable-management-of-forests#4;0 and episode resume: http://www.architectsofchange.tv/television-program/towards-the-sustainable-management-of-forests#0;0.

It was an honor to me to be invited for the series, and have to thank GlobalGiving and donors for all the support you have given me all these years.

I hope you enjoy our recent work, pictures and presentations and please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.

Roberto Lamego

21 students, 3 teachers and Katya from SALVEASERRA
21 students, 3 teachers and Katya from SALVEASERRA
A rainy day. Going into the clouds.
A rainy day. Going into the clouds.
Katya lecturing students.
Katya lecturing students.
Teachers rarely came to visit a forest.
Teachers rarely came to visit a forest.
Students on the Rainforest trail.
Students on the Rainforest trail.
First thing they do is eat their lunch.
First thing they do is eat their lunch.
Teacher and students at the tree nursery.
Teacher and students at the tree nursery.
Tree nursery and students.
Tree nursery and students.
Students, the forest and the water.
Students, the forest and the water.
Group visiting ruins ancient coffee farm.
Group visiting ruins ancient coffee farm.
Sheltering from the rain in new Visitors Center.
Sheltering from the rain in new Visitors Center.
The group from Municipal School of Valenca, RJ.
The group from Municipal School of Valenca, RJ.
Tree saplings ready to be planted.
Tree saplings ready to be planted.
Jul 24, 2012

Project update July 2012

Cambota soccer field.
Cambota soccer field.

Dear donnors.

Project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" continues to work with the Cambota Community where we are presenting them a new proposal that is to discuss with the neighborhood their future and what possible actions can be taken to prepare them for it.

As I told in the previous update, this new project in the project is called: The vision of your future. What do you think about it? What can you do about it?

But, do you remember the soccer field in the Cambota community where the changing rooms needed badly repair and where there is was an abandoned square that we visited a few months ago to propose to the community a partnership and a collective effort to renovate and recondition the place applying different permacultural construction techniques? Well, after some meetings with the Directory Board and many essays to explain what and why we wanted to make a partnership with then, we discovered, what we already suspected for some time, that an internal neighborhood dispute between groups for the Resident’s Association, was impeding the President to accept our aid to restore the changing room and adjacent square. Unfortunately he could not change this situation and nothing advanced so far.

That was when we decided to approach the community differently and instead trying thought the Resident’s Association we are now contacting local residents that we already know, after more than one year of acquaintanceship and familiarity with the neighborhood and this way getting to know their families.

The first action we undertook was to invite a group of the community to visit us at the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and do the “A Day in the Forest” environmental and ecological trail, that their sons, relatives and other 300 students from Cambota had already done with their neighborhood school.

Please see here a slideshow of the last group of students that visited our place:  

https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/ADayInTheForestForReginaCoeliAmorimSchoolFromCambotaNeighborhoodValencaRioDeJane?authkey=Gv1sRgCOyvmYys5ZC7Zg,

And here, a few days later, the slideshow of the bus with the community members.

https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/CambotaNeighborhoodVisitsConcordiaMountainWildlifeSanctuary?authkey=Gv1sRgCP3Bke6y4NyVYA

This tour was an excellent opportunity to take a group of people, from this very simple community, older people, many with rural origins, and young and very young urban people, to the countryside, in our case to a forest, many for the first time, what was a delight to all. Even those that complained they had to walk for a couple of hours, at the end were very happy and satisfied with this unique experience.  

All want to go back and we are thinking of taking another bus soon, this time with members of another part the community.

As we think that the Permacultural procedures and techniques are those that can be better employed in this community, the project decided to attend a 7 days PDC, Permaculture Design Course, the basic course on the subject and take two members of Cambota to come with us and learn what permaculture is. So we invited the president of the local Association and a master mason that is fascinated by this new way of work. The president could not go, but we are leaving tomorrow morning with another guest from another community called Passagem where we are going to initiate a similar project.

Just to remember: "Permaculture is a method and movement developed to assist people to become more self reliant through the design and development of productive and sustainable communities and its gardens and farms".

To know what is a PDC see here: http://www.permaculture.org/nm/images/uploads/PDC_cert_book_.pdf

I hope you enjoy our recent work, pictures and presentations and please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.

Roberto Lamego 

Change room needs repair.
Change room needs repair.
Back side of change room
Back side of change room
We visited a few months ago.
We visited a few months ago.
Meeting with Cambota Resident Association.
Meeting with Cambota Resident Association.
Explaining the project.
Explaining the project.
On the bus to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
On the bus to the Wildlife Sanctuary.
Jul 22, 2012

Project update July 2012

Beginning of the construction of Visitor Center.
Beginning of the construction of Visitor Center.

Dear donors,

Project “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest” continues its activities and we are very happy to say that the construction of the new Visitors Centre is almost finished as you will see in the pictures we are sending with the report.

The new centre that is being built, partially with funds provided by GlobalGiving/Neutrogena, will enormously help the reception of students that come to attend the environmental and educational “A Day in the Forest” ecological trekking Program, of visitors of our Atlantic Rainforest private protection area and of the people that come interested in the Agroforestry and the Permaculture projects.

Today, all efforts are concentrated in finishing this building.

It’s has been a long way since we started building these new facilities and have men working at our base for one year and one month now, but finally we are finishing. (We built a house before the Visitor Center.)

As we are deep into the mountain and the forest and our road is very steep and wet, I can assure you that delivering building materials to the site during the rainy season was not an easy task.

Please see this presentation of the construction of this center step by step: https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487VisitorCenterStepByStep?authkey=Gv1sRgCNy35Y_Ik525TA

Since last report we have received two groups and a lecture was given to a State secondary school, during the World Environment Day activities. Please see attached pictures of the lecture.

The first group that visited the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary was from a school of the Cambota community where we are working since last year and the other group was composed with members of this same neighborhood that where invited by our other GlobalGiving project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" that is working in the same area.

By the way, the vegetable gardens project is presenting to this community a new proposal which is to discuss with the neighborhood their future as citizens and what possible actions can be taken to prepare them for it. This new project is called: The vision of your future. What do you think about it? What can you do about it?

Please see here two slideshows of these visits:

Cambota school: https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/ADayInTheForestForReginaCoeliAmorimSchoolFromCambotaNeighborhoodValencaRioDeJane?authkey=Gv1sRgCOyvmYys5ZC7Zg,

Community group: https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/CambotaNeighborhoodVisitsConcordiaMountainWildlifeSanctuary?authkey=Gv1sRgCP3Bke6y4NyVYA

On the agroforestry project I have to say that now is the dry period of the year so the all planting is stopped now. Unfortunately this year due to the constructions that occupied all our personnel most of the time we planted less than we pretended. The tree nursery is with a lot of seedlings waiting for the rain that comes at the end of the year to go to the ground.

I hope you enjoy our recent work, pictures and presentations and please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.

Roberto Lamego

A few months latter.
A few months latter.
Lecture given to a secondary school.
Lecture given to a secondary school.
Katya, SALVEASERRA president and teachers.
Katya, SALVEASERRA president and teachers.
Attentive students.
Attentive students.
Attentive students.
Attentive students.
Going to "A Day in the Forest"
Going to "A Day in the Forest"
Rainforest trail.
Rainforest trail.
Cambota community visits Wildlife Sanctuary.
Cambota community visits Wildlife Sanctuary.
Slackline for youngsters.
Slackline for youngsters.
Trees for older ones. Mrs. Maria is 81 years old.
Trees for older ones. Mrs. Maria is 81 years old.
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