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.
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.
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.

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