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.
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.
Dec 22, 2011

Project report. December 2011.

Electricity, masonry, painting courses.
Electricity, masonry, painting courses.

Dear donors and Project friends.

Our project advances on its objectives to offer assistance and investment for persons, families or communities wanting to establish organic vegetable gardens or low cost tree nurseries.

We are not doing much because most of the donations received until now have already been spent in several other initiatives as you can see in the former updates and we almost don’t have any funds left. From June 2011 until today the amount of new donations obtained was $531 which is not enough to undertake nothing new.

Two where the activities we were involved in the June report:

1. The training courses ended well and more than 60 students got their diploma as electricity, masonry, painting, and tile setting technician, what was a great gain to Cambota and other neighborhoods.

2. This family we were trying to help but the man had serious health problem seems to be able and willing to start talking again. We could not find them, neither at their garden nor at their homes. See some pictures of their vegetable garden that is starting to produce again.

As you probably know, the Vegetable Gardens project runs along our other project with GlobalGiving, called “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest”.  This project brings schoolchildren and groups to visit our wildlife sanctuary and to be close to nature, teaching them the need to protect the waters, the Atlantic Rainforest and the Environment.

The Vegetable Gardens project takes us back to these communities, making possible to bring information on several environmental, educational and citizenship issues, trying to develop an environmental consciousness. There we can promote courses to capacitate and organize local residents and they will contribute to protect the local environment, find new green opportunities and jobs, produce fresh, healthy food in community gardens or individual families gardens. We also work at the houses backyards, trimming old fruit trees and planting new ones.

As we go together, we have new plans for next year which will be possible with totally unexpected super donation that project “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest”, will receive as the winner of the Environment category of the 2011 Wave of Change Neutrogena campaign.

This is really great and rare opportunity for us making possible to plan for the next 4 years, expanding projects operations to 2 or 3 neighboring counties and conveying knowledge and new and up-to-date information to uninformed and unaware citizens with a sub project called SALVEASERRA Caravan, mentioned in other updates.

Here the Neutrogena campaign site: http://www.neutrogena.com/category/wave%2Bfor%2Bchange.do

Another important fact is that next year we are going to introduce in our region the Mandalla’s Integrated Production System, developed by Willy Pessoa, also an ASHOKA fellow, which consists of an innovative agro-cattle production method integrating several social technologies making possible to small rural and urban lands to grow in synergy fruits, vegetables, green leaves as well as to cattle small animals, feeding a entire family and generating surpluses that can be sold to the communities.

For more information on the Madalla System visit:

http://www.agenciamandalla.org.br/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=61

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cjQvKF_jb0

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RTG_5zpYrgo&feature=related

http://www.changemakers.com/agricultura/entries/mandalla-s-integrated-production-system

We consider that project “Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil” is essential for the success of the work of SALVEASERRA converting your donations into small investments, offering a real chance of a very important economical, social and environmental shift in the lives of many people, preparing them for a better future in this so difficult and problematic world.

Thank you very much for your help and support.

Roberto Lamego

Electricity, masonry, painting courses.
Electricity, masonry, painting courses.
Electricity course.
Electricity course.
Family vegetable garden
Family vegetable garden
Pumpkins plantation.
Pumpkins plantation.
Corn plantation
Corn plantation
Dec 7, 2011

Project report. December 2011.

Here students come close to nature.
Here students come close to nature.

Dear donors.

First of all I want to announce that the SALVEASERRA project: “Trees and Education Protect the Atlantic Rainforest”, was the Environment category winner of the 2011 Wave of Change campaign run by the Neutrogena cosmetics company. This was really great and rare opportunity for us and with this big donation we can make plans for the next 4 years, expand our operations to 2 or 3 neighboring counties, receive more groups monthly, hire guides and teachers to help us and provide visitor with information leaflets and DVDs on the Atlantic Rainforest and agroforestry techniques.

With this new donation we can also make plans to increase the reforestation of our areas and the development of the agroforestry demonstration plots. We are planning to plant 5000 trees per year.

Here the Neutrogena campaign site: http://www.neutrogena.com/category/wave%2Bfor%2Bchange.do

We would also like to inform you that from GlobalGiving Gift Card Challenge we are going to receive a bonus grant donation to plant 800 trees in the rainforest of Concordia Mountains Wildlife Sanctuary.

http://www.globalgiving.org/gifts/?rf=fb. This is the perfect right time because the planting season starts now.

We continue with our activities as you will see in attached pictures and links. 

There are pictures of students visiting the Wildlife Sanctuary, of lectures and presentations to prepare new students to participate of the “Day in the Forest” ecological trail, of the acquisition and delivery of seedlings and of a research team from the Ministry of Agriculture inspecting forest experiments plots they have there with us since 2000.

Link 1: Slideshow of a student’s visit to Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary. You will also see some pictures of a group of bat researchers that come regularly to our area where they have found more than 30 different species of bats.

Link 2: In this TV video show you will see our deforested mountainous Atlantic Rainforest region during the dry and incendiary period, the Wildlife Sanctuary and a bit of my work. In Portuguese.

Link 3: Newspaper article with interview on agroforestry and organic agriculture. In Portuguese.

As you see, with your help, things are going well and we have great plans for the next years.

Please accept my sincere thanks.

Roberto Lamego

Ruins of old coffee farm aqueduct.
Ruins of old coffee farm aqueduct.
Students preparing to leave Wildlife Sanctuary.
Students preparing to leave Wildlife Sanctuary.
Slideshow for school going to "Day in the Forest"
Slideshow for school going to "Day in the Forest"
Lecture in another school.
Lecture in another school.
Students listen attentively.
Students listen attentively.
First lot of 500 tree seedlings.
First lot of 500 tree seedlings.
Coffee seedling for agroforestry plantation.
Coffee seedling for agroforestry plantation.
Three species Palm trees for this year plantation.
Three species Palm trees for this year plantation.
Ministry of Agriculture agroforest experiment.
Ministry of Agriculture agroforest experiment.
3500 trees of different species planted in 2000.
3500 trees of different species planted in 2000.
Mesuring experiment parcels and counting trees.
Mesuring experiment parcels and counting trees.

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