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 25, 2011

In the Field Travelers visit SALVEASERRA!

Denise shows off her beautiful radishes!
Denise shows off her beautiful radishes!

My name is Melissa Balgley and I am an In the Field intern visiting GlobalGiving partner organizations in Brazil! Read here about my visit to Providing Brazilian Families with Vegetable Gardens…

Last year, Denise Maria Wargas Vieira received a greenhouse from SALVEASERRA and its project “Providing Brazilian Families with Vegetable Gardens”. Denise is the president of the Association of Small Organic Farmers of Valença, and is very involved in the organic movement in the area. Denise’s farm was an oasis after driving around the deforested, dusty, overgrazed fields of the region. It is a beautiful plot of land, with banana plants providing shade from the hot sun. For me, seeing farms like Denise’s always seems to be proof that small scale polyculture farms are so much more natural (and productive) than monoculture productions of sugarcane, banana, or soybeans.

Since receiving her greenhouse, Denise is able to produce seedlings and sprouts that she sells at the weekly market and to other small farmers in her organization. This not only enables Denise to generate more income, but also helps the other farmers because it saves them one month of work waiting for the seedlings to sprout. Before the greenhouse was built, Denise earned about Brazilian minimum wage every month. Now, she makes the equivalent of Brazilian minimum wage every week by selling her products and sprouts at the farmer’s market!

This project is extremely important as it complements the work of SALVEASERRA’s other project, “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” (http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protect-brazil-rainforest/). This project’s goal is helping with the reforestation of degraded land outside of Valenca, Rio de Janeiro. On top of this, SALVEASERRA brings schoolchildren to a beautiful private reserve to appreciate the beauty of the nature and recognize the need to protect the Atlantic Rainforest. SALVEASERRA wants to move towards making community gardens as well as gardens for individual families. With this new addition to the project, communities surrounding Valenca can contribute to protecting the environment and producing fresh, healthy food. This will also give the children who participate in the Trees and Education project continuity in environmental activities.

The Atlantic Forest is a beautiful area of Brazil that is in danger of being completely destroyed. SALVEASERRA is working to protect this area of natural beauty, and appreciates your continued support in order to do this! SALVEASERRA is very excited that they were chosen for Neutrogena’s Wave for Change campaign, but they need your votes! Vote today at http://www.neutrogena.com/category/wave+for+change.do

Sprouts ready to go the the farmerĀ“s market
Sprouts ready to go the the farmerĀ“s market

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Jun 24, 2011

Project Update June 2011

Piece of land occupied by future organic producers
Piece of land occupied by future organic producers

Project update June 2011. "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil"

Dear donors and project friends,

“Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil” project goes on and advancing in its objectives, which are: 1. to offer help, assistance and some initial investment for the establishment of  organic vegetable gardens or low cost tree nurseries for low income persons and families, and 2. through these actions and in association with the actions of our other GlobalGiving project: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protect-brazil-rainforest/, reach the communities of students and citizens we take to visit the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, through the “A Day in the Forest” ecological/educational guided trekking, and promote with them citizenship, the status of rights and duties of citizens, freedom of will and most important, help the community walk by itself and make their own projects. These projects are in Valença City in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.

As said in the last report, we started to work with a community called Cambota, a neighborhood of Valença and we are happy to say that there are already some fruits of this partnership, with the possibility of a new vegetable garden for a group of people and the chance SALVEASERRA had to bring 5 professional technical skills courses (masonry, electrician (two groups), placer of tiles and painter), with 25/30 places in each, to this community, where among other problems, unemployment and lack of qualification is a major concern.

One day I discovered on the city newspaper that the local office of the National Employment Service, which is very much concerned with the near to come 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the immense amount of construction work to be done and the lack of specialized workers, was offering training courses to Valença City and unbelievably, having problems with the local Municipality to place them. As we always thought that the municipal public schools buildings that remain empty every night, during weekends and all 3 months of holidays, could be used permanently as bases of training centers for the development of the inhabitants of a neighborhood, we found this an opportunity and the next day went to see the director of the NES, when, beforehand we offered the Cambota schools and the Local Association headquarters to receive the courses and as practicing ground for students. The director was delighted with the possibility of finding a place for the courses and with the argument that it would be much easier to bring the teachers to the school than move students from this neighborhood, at night, to study in another place. The same day we presented the idea to the directors of the schools that accepted it and consented to proceed with the project. This way we could progress meeting all parts and arranging the details. Everything went well and these courses are happening at this moment at one of the school.

This unique event was a great gain for the Cambota communality that sent most of the students that totaled more than 90 in all 5 courses.Their new official course diploma will certainly facilitate finding a job and the school has two new painted classrooms and some electric repairs and two houses in the community received had some construction work done by students.

With this simple idea and punctual SALVEASERRA intervention everybody won.

You will see below a sequence of pictures of all this process, from the first meetings to the courses and practices.  

https://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/GlobalGivingProvideVegetableGardensForFamiliesInBrazilUpdateJune20112?authkey=Gv1sRgCM_YhezQtOu-Aw

From Joaquim, the school responsible in charge of opening the school and organizing the courses, we learned that 2 of his brothers, Gilberto and Natalet Dias and an associate, Teresinha, a few years ago used to have a large and productive vegetable garden, but due to a serious disease and the loss of the irrigation system pipes they used, (the owner removed them), stopped producing, but that now, they would be willing to receive some help to restart producing. We went to visit them, to analyze the terrain, their water avail­a­bi­lity and quality, their condition to produce organic vegetables under the general organic concepts. Everything was excellent, with the possibility of new producers of quality and quantity organic vegetables made real, we were ready to help with a new watering system and other small investments when we received the information that Gilberto was ill with a heart problem and would have to go to a hospital to get a Pacemaker. This made everything stop as the family is worried with this medical situation.

Unfortunately, because of his condition Gilberto cannot work at a vegetable garden anymore and the two remaining ladies are looking for another relative to come help them restart a vegetable garden. We are waiting the deployment of his situation.

Please see a series of photos of our visits to their land.

https://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/GlobalGivingProvideVegetableGardensForFamiliesInBrazilUpdateJune2011?authkey=Gv1sRgCI_A2Z2uwvC2aQ

As most of the donations received until now were already spent in several initiatives, (see former updates) we almost don’t have any funds left. The donations obtained so far have reached $1,963.

There is no real problem because this project runs along the “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil”, but I am sure that we could do well with your new donations that are converted into small investments that help us offer a chance of change to many families in Brazil. This change may represent an economical, social and environmental shift in their lives, preparing them to look for a better future in this so difficult and problematic world.

We really need your help and support,

Roberto Lamego

Katya from SALVEASERRA expaining the project.
Katya from SALVEASERRA expaining the project.
They are planning to plant here.
They are planning to plant here.
Inspecting their water source.
Inspecting their water source.
The first vegetable garden will be here.
The first vegetable garden will be here.
SALVEASERRA team and teachers from local school.
SALVEASERRA team and teachers from local school.
All involved. NGO, Local residents, State, School.
All involved. NGO, Local residents, State, School.
Attentive students on medical care conference.
Attentive students on medical care conference.
Second group of electrician  students
Second group of electrician students
We discussed how to deal with construction waste.
We discussed how to deal with construction waste.
Group of painters.
Group of painters.
Painter proud of her new equipment.
Painter proud of her new equipment.
Masonry practical course. Scraping classroom walls
Masonry practical course. Scraping classroom walls
Electrician course. First course.
Electrician course. First course.
Pavement and wall tiles placing course practice.
Pavement and wall tiles placing course practice.
Second electrician course.
Second electrician course.
Painting classroom.
Painting classroom.
Outside electrician practice.
Outside electrician practice.
May 10, 2011

Project Update May 2011

The bus arrives at school.
The bus arrives at school.

Dear donors and project friends,

Project “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” continues to take students to visit the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and to participate of the environmental education course “A Day in the Forest”. It is always a pleasure for us to offer these unique forest trekking that takes students out of their classrooms and gives them and their teachers a wonderful possibility to see Nature closely visiting a protected forest and also the agro-forestry demonstration areas. For most of these students it is the first time they visit a forest and it is for sure an unforgettable experience. After this day in the woods they will have a much better understanding of the environment and of the urgent need to keep these areas preserved in order to maintain the water sources and some important specimens of Brazilian wildlife.

Please see pictures of these schools here:

https://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/GlobalGivingUpdateMay2011?authkey=Gv1sRgCN33g6uG_N3DCg#

I want to thank you all sincerely for your contributions and support and say that these donations are essential for our work and they keep us moving forward and spreading the sustainable development possibilities ideas that can change our communities and countries.

Thank you again and all the best,

Roberto Lamego

On the trail.
On the trail.
Talking to the students.
Talking to the students.
Inside the forest. Teacher speaking to students.
Inside the forest. Teacher speaking to students.
Most of the students never visited a forest.
Most of the students never visited a forest.
The forest.
The forest.
The old Mango tree.
The old Mango tree.
The group preparing to walk back to the bus.
The group preparing to walk back to the bus.

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