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.
Apr 10, 2012

Addition to last March project update.

Dear donor and project friend.

This report is an addition to our recent March project update to show you on a slideshow the last school group that came to the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary to spend “A Day in the Forest”, our ecological guided trail environmental educational program.

Enjoy this mountain tour as the students did.

https://picasaweb.google.com/110709315454919422487/ADayInTheForestForMunicipalSchoolFernandoOCastroValencaRioDeJaneiroBrazil?authkey=Gv1sRgCIvjk5Xg5-WGag

And please be sure that all this is possible only because of your donations.

Thank you very much.

Roberto Lamego

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Apr 2, 2012

Project update March 2012

Antonio and his tree nursery.
Antonio and his tree nursery.

Dear donors and Project friends.

Project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" pursues on its objectives to offer assistance for persons, families or communities wanting to establish organic vegetable gardens or low cost tree nurseries. Due to new donations to SALVEASERRA, our NGO, we are enlarging our horizons, as you will see.

The first thing I would like to report is that our other GlobalGiving project, “Trees and Education Protects the Atlantic Rainforest”, bought from Antonio dos Santos that received a tree nursery from this project in 2010, 167 saplings of different Rainforest trees, palm trees and fruit trees. Antonio sells saplings from his tree nursery at the local market, increasing his income. His saplings are already at the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary tree nursery, were we produced our Atlantic Rainforest seedlings. This year we bought other 1100 seedlings with the help Tree and Education project donors. These saplings will be planted late this year. Please see attached pictures.

The project 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.

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?

It has four points:

1. Develop Environmental Awareness in the community.

2. Promote citizenship, organization, training and qualification of local inhabitants, always searching and seeking ways to improve wellbeing, with more and better work, jobs and income.

3. Produce locally fresh and health food and fruit, on personal and/or communal vegetable gardens, in backyards and in the numerous vacant spaces that can be found in the area.

4. Introduce the concepts of Permaculture.

"Permaculture is a method and movement developed during the 1970s to assist people to become more self reliant through the design and development of productive and sustainable communities and its gardens and farms. Permaculture ecologically seeks to develop sustainable human settlements and agricultural systems, designing them to attempt to be a natural ecosystem. The word "permaculture" originally referred to "permanent agriculture" but was expanded to also stand for "permanent culture," and can described as "a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than premature and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single project system. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Permaculture. More information on the theme can be easily obtained.

As first steps to Permaculture, we plan to teach and train this community how to make low cost: 1. Composts tumblers from plastic pickle barrel, to recycle organic matter from schools and homes, 2. Red worms composting bins, also to recycle domestic kitchen wastes. 3. Solar water heaters that can reduce greatly electric showers bills and 4. Use of plastic soda bottles as light source. See an example here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kHTD_RX3J2I.

The compost produced will be used as organic fertilizer for our vegetable gardens.

Recently the project was presented to Residents Association direction in a meeting in my house which was followed by a visit to the community. To the Cambota community we are proposing a partnership and a collective effort to renovate and recondition a square and the dressing room of a football (soccer) field, applying different permacultural construction techniques, as the superadobe and the earth paint for walls panting. We want to introduce the techniques and finance all the necessary materials and they would provide a task force to do the work in a couple of weekends. The negotiations continues. Please see attached pictures.

In another activity, recently we promoted a course of Container Gardening that can become one of the most important tools to combat hunger and malnutrition. All over the world people are producing their own fresh food in many different types of containers and many are also decorating their houses with ornamental plants in containers, which is a practical idea for gardening, both in urban and in rural areas. Please see attached photos of the course.

“Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil” project is essential for the success of the work of SALVEASERRA, offering a real chance for us to interact with communities and help to improve economical, social and environmental situation, preparing them for a better future in this difficult and problematic world.

Thank you very much for your help and support.

Roberto Lamego

Proud of his saplings.
Proud of his saplings.
Preparing to load the saplings.
Preparing to load the saplings.
Antonio
Antonio's saplings going to Wildlife Sanctuary.
Wildlife Sanctuary tree nursery.
Wildlife Sanctuary tree nursery.
Meeting with Cambota Resident Association.
Meeting with Cambota Resident Association.
Cambota soccer field.
Cambota soccer field.
Julio, master mason and Mr. Toninho from Cambota.
Julio, master mason and Mr. Toninho from Cambota.
The square we want to revive.
The square we want to revive.
Another view from the square.
Another view from the square.
Large area with no use by local citizens.
Large area with no use by local citizens.
Cambota soccer stadium.
Cambota soccer stadium.
Container Gardening Course.
Container Gardening Course.
Container Gardening Course. 22 happy participants.
Container Gardening Course. 22 happy participants.
Preparing the soil to fill the containers.
Preparing the soil to fill the containers.
Hands on earth.
Hands on earth.
Vegetables offered by greenhouse recipient family.
Vegetables offered by greenhouse recipient family.
Different PET bottles gardening containers.
Different PET bottles gardening containers.
PET bottles gardening containers.
PET bottles gardening containers.
Container Gardening Course participants.
Container Gardening Course participants.
Mar 27, 2012

Project update March 2012

Old house.
Old house.

Dear donors.

Project “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest” is happy to share this information with donors and project friends.

With the Neutrogena donation, project 'Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil' surpassed its original funding goal of $60.000, it was considered fully funded.

A new funding goal was needed and the project budget was increased to $200.000 in order to maintain this project in GlobalGiving site and to continue to do the activities listed in the project’s page.

So, “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest” has a new funding goal of $200.000.

This project has already received through GlobalGiving since it started in 2006 around $105,000 and we expect to raise the remaining $95,000 in the next 5 years.  

Since this project began we have already spent $37.000 in several activities and there is $24.000 in the bank, as a reserve to be used when needed.

Project’s Budget for 2012 is of $44.000

Build a Visitor Centre: $ 23.255

Equipments and furniture for Visitor Centre: $ 3.488

Bus rental for student’s transportation: $ 5.087

Educational DVDs: $ 1.162

Folders and brochures: $ 1.744

Hire a Permaculture technical advisor: $ 2.441

Saplings: $ 6.976

Total: $44.156

We are only considering expenses paid with donations funds. Most other project expenses, as salaries, petrol, etc., are paid by SALVEASERRA.

These new donations are already influencing greatly the development of SALVEASERRA - NGO and enlarging its horizons of future activities.

As you know, project has two main objectives that are: 1. The educational “Day in the Forest” ecological trekking, with schools and groups visiting an Atlantic Rainforest protection area and 2. The CETAR Agroforestry project created in 1995 to demonstrate agroforestry systems planting methods.

These donations will make possible to 1. Professionalize our local operations in Valença, Rio de Janeiro State and expand them to two other neighboring counties, Rio das Flores and Barra do Pirai allowing us to increase considerably the number of student we receive every month and 2. Facilitate the creation of a Regional Center of Excellence in Agroforestry, produce more saplings, and increase and ameliorate the plantation areas of trees, palm trees and fruit trees.

These grants will also enable us to produce a good quality educational support material, new brochures and DVDs.

Since last December update we continued our activities but in a slower way, because of students holidays, and as we had to rebuild our little house that was in very bad shape, almost falling and very dangerous for the workers that lived there.

Now we have a new and very nice house, big enough to shelter and house students and visitors while we build the new Visitors Centre, that already started be built.

Please see attached several pictures of the old and new house, the old visitor’s center and construction of new one, of Serra da Concórdia Wildlife Sanctuary visitors, from some students of a new school we are working with and that is going to do the “Day in the Forest” next week, from the 167 saplings this project bought from Antonio, that received a tree nursery from our other GlobalGiving project and from the tree nursery were we produced many and bought 1100 saplings this year.

Please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.

Roberto Lamego 

New house.
New house.
Old visitor centre.
Old visitor centre.
Inside old visitor centre.
Inside old visitor centre.
Visitor Center will be here. House in the back.
Visitor Center will be here. House in the back.
New Center will be 10 metres X 9.5 metres.
New Center will be 10 metres X 9.5 metres.
Students from Varginha school.
Students from Varginha school.
Preparing to go to A Day in the Forest ecotekking.
Preparing to go to A Day in the Forest ecotekking.
Videos and films to show the environment.
Videos and films to show the environment.
Sandra. School director.
Sandra. School director.
Our vegetable garden project will begin one here.
Our vegetable garden project will begin one here.
2012 Walk in the Nature event. 12 km. 67 walkers.
2012 Walk in the Nature event. 12 km. 67 walkers.
2012 Walk in the Nature event.
2012 Walk in the Nature event.
In a hot day a good shower. The mountain stream.
In a hot day a good shower. The mountain stream.
A photo before walking back the trail.
A photo before walking back the trail.
Tree nursery project gave one to Antonio.
Tree nursery project gave one to Antonio.
This project brought 167 saplings from him.
This project brought 167 saplings from him.
Antonio
Antonio's saplings going to Wildlife Sanctuary.
Tree nursery. We produced many and bought 1100.
Tree nursery. We produced many and bought 1100.
These will be planted late this year.
These will be planted late this year.
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