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

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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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

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