CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation)

CEMINA ( Communication, Education, Information and Adaptation) is a not- for- profit organization founded in 1990 to empower women and communities through the use of the radio. Over the years CEMINA has created 400 women's radio programs and has been awarded with various prizes. The radio model, created by CEMINA, is considered a social technology and has been disseminated not only in Brazil but in other countries as well. Since 2007, CEMINA has shifted its focus from radio to the capacity building for social start ups and education for adaptation to climate change. One of its main projects is Adapta Sertao ( www.adaptasertao.net) which aim is to develop a social technology that benefits t...
Jun 15, 2015

Celebrating Mata Atlantica Day

University student planting a tree
University student planting a tree

In order to celebrate the week of Mata Atlantica, one of the most endangered biomas in the world and also a hot spot for biodiversity, on May 30, Sinal do Vale inaugurated our new tree nursery and reforestation project, led by SINAL resident Ryan Vasseur, with a day of tree planting of native Mata Atlantica trees with a group of students from the Brazilian university, PUC. As a simbolic act Sinal Volunteers and PUC students plant trees. 

 

Sinal is part of a group of environmental organization located at these foothills involved in their programmes of conservation are concerned with this prospect and have reached a consensus that a Rio “Green Belt” is needed to contain the urban encroachment, consolidating the Mountains` buffer area,  protecting the remnant biodiversity of the Atlantic rainforest one of the world`s most critically endangered hotspots. Considering the importance of water resources and cloud formation the mountains offer, this is an ever more important obligation. Each tree planted makes a difference. 

Ryan, a sinal volunteer planting a tree
Ryan, a sinal volunteer planting a tree
Planting trees , a source of life
Planting trees , a source of life
May 22, 2015

Promoting Education of Mata Atlantica

SINAL has a trail network in the APA (Area de Preservação Ambiental) of Petropolis, a federally designated environmental area, which gives SINAL a special status in terms of conservation. Moreover, we are situated in one of the valleys of the municipality of Duque de Caxias, the third most populous city in the metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro, making our location essential for preventing  destruction of the Mata Atlântica by the growing urban encroachment.

SINAL has an extensive nature trail network, providing an opportunity to educate and engage the local underserved communities  in the process of conservation of the Mata Atlântica, one of the most threatened ecosystems of Brazil.  Our trails highlight the native tree and animal species that  we all must work  to preserve. 

With the Botanical Gardens of Rio de Janeiro SINAL has identified endengerous species that we must preserve.


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May 22, 2015

Next Generation of Change Agents at Julio Otoni - Our Children are now teaching the younger ones

Paola and a painting created by the children
Paola and a painting created by the children

Paola is one of the girls that has been raised at Julio Otoni. She started with us when she was 7 and was one of the children featured in the Global \Giving video. Paola is now 14 and continues to be part of Julio Otoni. Though now in another role. She is now one of the instructors of activities for the small ones. She gives dance classes to the children and helps the other instructors.  Paola is an example of a new generation of change agents that is emerging at Julio Otoni.  Paola wants the  Center to thrive and  continue providing the same kind of  vital space and care that she and others have  received.  The Julio Otoni Center now completes a decade. In 10 years we have maintained the activities for an average of 50 to 60 children providing them a home and care that their families might not have the time nor the resources to provide. The commitment of Paola is an example of giving back what she  received.  This gives us hope! Paola and the children of Julio Otoni are grateful to all of you have have given continuing resources.

Paola with her group.
Paola with her group.

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