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...
Oct 9, 2014

Protecting the forest and building community

On September 23, the Spring Equinox, students and teachers from local schools came to Sinal to celebrate not only the first day of spring but also a new cycle of growth for Sinal das Criancas. We  our new reforestation project, in which the young students will be part of the replanting of native Atlantic Forest trees-- species that have been identified as endangered by recent Brazilian legislation. They will help collect seeds, work in the nursery, and replant the saplings as they learn about the importance of conservation in their local lands. The project will begin with reforesting one of Sinal's nature trails, and the children will help in marking the endangered species we are protecting along the walking path.

In addition, our program focuses on empowering local youth to become protagonists in the social and environmental issues of the community of Santo Antonio. During the children's visit on the Spring Equinox, they were given an orientation of Sinal's property through a lesson on the cyclical pattern of nature and how we as humans can respect instead of destroy this cycle. They visited the dry toilet, the compost piles, and the natural bamboo treatment station, seeing how human waste can be transformed into nutrients for the plants we need. The kids are also learning about the connection between local plants and agriculture with the traditional foods and festivals of their community. Using music and theatre, we are teaching the importance of respect between man and nature, as well as the personal value each one has in preserving the environment.  

Map of endangered trees on our reforestation trail
Map of endangered trees on our reforestation trail
Sep 25, 2014

Digital Inclusion New Project at Julio Otoni

Centro Julio Otoni hosts Project Casa Rio Digital
Centro Julio Otoni hosts Project Casa Rio Digital

For the last 10 years our commitment with Julio Otoni community has been active.  Some hundred volunteers from all over the world have had the opportunity to participate, express their love and give their contribution to the improvement of the slum community and also for the children, which is our major focus.

For the last two months we have worked very hard to bring to the community an initiative of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro which main goal is to bring digital education to underserved communities.  We succeed!!! This week, on September 23rd., a brandy new computer room furnished with 12 computers was inaugurated  in our community center at Julio Otoni.  There will be classes given by professionals for adolescents and adults, older than 12 years old. This means a big step in puting the Julio Otoni community in the map of local social policies.

Thanks to this initiative we could also renovate the house which is reformed, painted and looks very nice. The renewal of the spring. season, which started on September 23rd.. Such a joy to see our efforts flourishing.  The 90 year old resident Maria Jesuina dos Santos was present at the inauguration. She was one of the first settlers at the favela in the 1950s. Two of her great grandchildren are enrolled at the programs we carry.She express her appreciation for the fact that the project has had a continuity over all these years...

Another person present was Sheila, which is a teacher of the community that helps children with their homework at the Julio Otoni community center. Sheila gave the testimony of her daughter that has learned photography at the center and is now a professional photographer.

So we were all very happy to see that after 8 years we are stronger, new partnerships and commitment of all... We take the opportunity to thank the help of all the people even the ones that believe in us from far away.

Several Generations of Residents of the Community
Several Generations of Residents of the Community

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Jul 11, 2014

Street Football World at SINAL

the best of sports
the best of sports

The World Cup brought thousands of foreigners from all over the World to Brasil. At SINAL we hosted the Forum Future Goals 2014 - Youth Forum on Football for Social Change. 35 inspiring young people from 22 different countries were part of the event.  Together, they  explored how football has the potential to strengthen communities and create social change. Each participant represented a grassroots organisation from their local community that uses football to engage young people and teach them valuable life skills, whether it be preventing HIV/AIDS in Africa, fighting racism in Europe, or promoting gender equality in Latin America.

They were at SINAL from the 25th June till July 1st and had the opportunity to interact with the local community Santo Antonio. Almost every day there was an activity that they did together. They played football 3, a type of football that emphasizes collaboration instead of competition. The whole experience was very positive and several of the participants brought interesting lessons to their countries showed that indeed football can be a tool for changing the world

Playing Football 3 for collaboration
Playing Football 3 for collaboration
At the top of the mounting celebratin life
At the top of the mounting celebratin life
Changing the world through football
Changing the world through football

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