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.
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.
Mar 2, 2011

Project update. February 2011

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

Dear donors and project friends,

In this project report we will show you the accomplishments project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" has already obtained in Valença municipality, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. First of all, you will see pictures of the fish harvested by Mr. Helcione in his irrigation tank that the project built for him in 2008. Since 2009 they have collected every month many kilograms of fish from the irrigation tank and as these fish reproduce enormously, they will have fish forever if they manage the production wisely. Please see project updates September, November 2008, December 2009 and link 1.

Next, I want to show some pictures taken by the organic vegetable gardeners that obtained a new greenhouse built by project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" in August 2010. Mrs. Denise and husband, Mr. Doca are indeed very happy with this new greenhouse that made their production of good quality organic sprouts of different vegetables almost triple. You will also see pictures of the market were they sell their farm products and organic vegetables. Please see project update August 2010 and link 2.

We have also some new pictures of the tree nursery that the project built recently for Mr. Antonio dos Santos. As you will see the saplings he produces are in good shape and he has plans to increase his production of organic seedlings of fruit trees and coffee plants for the local market. Please see update November 2010 and also link 2.

Project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" is now starting a new stage that is to work in a specific community called Cambota, a neighborhood in the outskirts of Valença City, with 900 houses and some 4000 inhabitants, many children and juvenile. As you may know, we have another project with GlobalGiving called “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” that among other things, takes students and local citizens to an ecological/educational guided visit to the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, called “A Day in the Forest”. Please see this project at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protect-brazil-rainforest/.

This is how we made contact with this community when by the end of last year, we took most of the students from the two local public schools, around 160, do the Day in the Forest tour. As we are also starting a new phase of the Day in the Forest project, returning to the schools after the visit, to discuss their day in the forest, to start talking and debating the environmental situation of their school and community and also to evaluate the awareness they have of all these problems. And the most important, to see what can be done and what they can do by themselves to change these facts and improve their chances of having a better future. Our group was very well received by the schools directors and teachers that gladly consented to proceed with the project. As the project evolves, we are planning to create an ecological group of students in each school we work with, to follow the environmental conditions of that area of a city where they live.

As from the start we had the intention of reaching and attracting the student’s parents to new sustainable development projects in this community that can help them to obtain new income or/and increase local revenues, it was not difficult for us to meet with the Local Residents Association and offer a partnership to them to develop and unfold new ideas and future projects, among them, a big communal vegetable garden in one of the many vacant terrains available in the neighborhood. This is what we are doing at this moment. Please see at link 3 pictures of one of these meetings. As this association has a Samba School notice the statues and other figurines used during Carnival.

We do not have many funds but we do the best we can to use them wisely.

I am sure that your donations that are converted in small investments can offer a chance to many and this will represent an economical, social and environmental change in their lives.

Thank you very much for your help and support,

Roberto Lamego

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Feb 2, 2011

Update January 2011

Dear donors and project friends,

Project “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” continues well and at this moment, as have school holidays, we have interrupted temporarily the “Day in the Forest” environmental education trail course. We will restart mid February. You will see at the links section, a Picasa slideshow and pictures of the last group that visited us.

During this time of the year, the rainy season, it is our planting season and we managed to put to the ground more than a 1500 seedlings of trees, palm trees, fruit trees and coffee plants. Please see the other Picasa slideshow of the 2010/2011 plantations at link 2.

One year ago in December 2010, we received at the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary, the visit of a team of Canadian filmmakers that came to film my work for a documentary series called Architects of Change, that is, from their site, Architects of Change is a documentary series, in 10 episodes, that is visiting a new kind of pioneers. They are farmers, chemists, architects, doctors, tradesmen and bankers… These Architects of Change are looking for and practicing innovative solutions which counteract the threats weighing against our future. Far from being political or economical militants, they are, above all, entrepreneurs. They have decided to undertake a new way to have sustainable and lasting growth for mankind and our planet.
Do not miss the new season of Architects of Change and follow the stories of 30 new social entrepreneurs on Ushuaïa TV, RDI, TV5 Monde and TFO. Please visit their site here:
http://www.architectsofchange.tv/.   

        The idea of this documentary series is to film nice stories and show beautiful pictures of good examples of projects that can make a change and that can be multiplied by other people in different parts of the world.   

        It was a great honor and gave me a lot of pride to participate of this documentary series, because, as you will see, many of the other chosen are people very well known worldwide, with enormous reputation (at least two Nobel Prizes) and with very important projects. Our project will appear in an episode called, in French, “Vers une Gestion Durable des Forêts”, or freely, “Towards the Sustainable Management of Forests”. For the moment it is only possible to watch them on TV, but I guess they will be available on DVDs soon. If you can, do not miss the chance to see incredible, beautiful and, most important, feasible ideas and projects. Please see the link 3 for a brief extract of the documentary about the project you are supporting. In French.

I want to thank you sincerely for your donations and support

All the best,

Roberto Lamego, Project Leader.

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