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...
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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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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