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...
Jan 6, 2015

2015 Celebrating the Year of the Soil at SINAL

planting a tree to restore soil and forests
planting a tree to restore soil and forests

Healthy soils are critical for global food production, but we are not paying enough attention to this important "silent ally," FAO Director-General José Graziano da Silva said.. 

Healthy soils not only are the foundation for food, fuel, fibre and medical products, but also are essential to our ecosystems,  playing a key role in the carbon cycle, storing and filtering water, and improving resilience to floods and droughts, he noted. 

The UN has declared 2015 the International Year of Soils. At SINAL, a 500 acres acres farm we are inspiring the children of Santo Antonio Community, a ten thousand community outside of Rio,  the love for soil.  Doing compost,  taking care of degraded land through several types of restoration, which  called the attention of big environmental organizations that have joined the Bonn Challenge, www.thebonnchallenge.org. Restoring  150 million hectares by 2020 could sequester approximately 53 Gt CO2 e over the course of 50 years as well as injecting more than US$80 billion per year into local and national economies.

At SINAL we will be concentrating our work in 2015 in restoring the soil and doing this work with Children which will be the ones that will have to undertake this task in the years to come. 

We hope you will join us in this endeavour! We need your help to cover the costs of an structures with instructors that can allow children to be with us.

Restoration of forests and soils. An idea which time has come! Each one of us has to contribute! 

Top of the mountains key for forest restoration
Top of the mountains key for forest restoration
Jan 6, 2015

Digital Literacy at Julio Otoni Community

Graduation of the first group on Digital Inclusion
Graduation of the first group on Digital Inclusion

In September 2014, Julio Otoni Community Center became part of a network of Community Digital Literacy Centers called Casa Rio Digital. They are sponsored by the Municipality of Rio de Janeiro that installed the computers in a room dedicated for classes available for  children and adults. Courses have experienced instructors which are paid by the municipality. At  Julio Otoni is one of the 32 communities in Rio that hosts one of the centers.  In the first three months classes in microsoft office and other more popular applications took place.  Courses take normally three months and  are given everyday in the afternoons or mornings depending on the time children go to school.

Last December a group of 15 children got their first certificate. The graduation cerimony was  attended by high authorities of the municipality of Rio de Janeiro in which  children and parents participate.

During the period other classes continued to be given by volunteers.  The community is very proud to be part of the map of Digital Inclusion Education in Rio de Janeiro.

Your support continues to be very important to maintain the house. We continue covering all the expenses, from cleaning, utilities now even higher due to the use of electricity loaded by the air conditioning which has to be permanently on.  We also use the resources to pay Eliana and Karina which are community members and manage the house. So please continue to donate and maintain this project that for the last 8 years has helped marginalized children to become citizens! 

Our best wishes for 2015!

Dec 29, 2014

Change Agents for Forest Landscape Restoration

Map of the Green Belt
Map of the Green Belt

The last period was a breakthrough for SINAL Reforestation project: leading international and Brazilian researchers and practitioners in the restoration field met in November 2014 and decided to join efforts by creating a collaborative venture aimed to articulate new strategies for  reforestation around the Metropolitan area of Rio de Janeiro.  The initiative was named Green Belt and the starting group is formed by well known and established organizations such as REGUA - http://www.guapiassubirdlodge.com/; Ecovila El Nagual ; Onda Verde http://www.ondaverde.org.br/; sinal do vale: www.sinaldovale.org. The enclosed map shows the area covered by the Green Belf  organizations.  The idea is to mobilize resources to maintain the areas covered and to expand the restoration. through the innumerous sources that are available to meet the tragets set by the municipality of Rio public works leading to the Olympic Games which the city will host in 2016. The city has the target of planting 3 million trees. Scientific studies affirm that  the minimum amount of Atlantic Rainforest needed is 30% to maintain its health, and reckons that planting close to 1/2 a million hectares around existing parcels of 200ha + of forest would do it. 

Building on this positive wave, SINAL is launching an initiative to engage young people, aging 15 to 24, which are out of the formal education and of the formal labor market. Our idea is to train them in reforestation related activities, collecting seeds, building nurseries, planting trees and participating in market value chains that could enhance the regreening of the land.  Our aim is to train 100 of them in this new type of profession. 

 Ecossystems services represent a new  economic trend.  They include specially  reforestation systems   and the  conservation of water  resources.  For a country  like Brasil  which  is a giant in biodiversity, this is of strategic importance.  This project wants to offer a model of education for ecossytem services which will tackle two critical problems at the same time. A social problem represented  by low income young people that do not have a profession and yet have to join the market on one hand, and  the reversion of the deforestation patterns that have reduced Mata Atlantica, a hot spot on biodiversity, to o 12 % of its original forest coverage. 

We want to thank our donors and let  you know that we plan to plant a mininum of 1 million trees in 2015.  We are greateful for your  trusted  us.  Together we can!!! 

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