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...
Sep 30, 2013

New Semester, New Projects, New Energy!

Rainforest Walk
Rainforest Walk

With our second semester well underway SINAL for Children has started several unique projects to educate and share knowledge on planting trees, appreciating nature, caring for plants and gardens, and working with natural materials such as mud and bamboo.

SINAL uses a living laboratory of the Atlantic Rainforest to build lasting love and appreciation for nature. On a regular basis children walk through fully forested sections of the Rainforest to learn about and appreciate the complexities of plant and animal life within. Children are working to help restore a local wetland that is our goal to one day become as ecologically diverse as other parts of the Atlantic Rainforest. This 2.4 acre space has become a place where children plant trees, build trails to help others enjoy and appreciate the area, and create art to visualize the future of the space.

Children are also learning about growing their own food in our very own gardens. We have started with seeds of their favourite plants to watch them grow through their full life cycle. Education for all aspects of growing food is shown such as composting, enriching soil, and caring for plants from planting seeds to harvesting.  With an abundance of natural materials on the property kids have also had the experience of working with local, sustainable building materials such as bamboo and clay. With their help we have made a mud oven, kites with bamboo, and soon will be making a composting toilet with bamboo!

We thank everyone for their contributions and look forward to receiving your love and support in the future.


SINAL for Children

Inside the Atlantic Rainforest
Inside the Atlantic Rainforest
Learning About Growing Food
Learning About Growing Food
Planting Trees
Planting Trees

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Sep 10, 2013

Rythms of Latin America promote cultural exchange.

performance of Jobatucanto
performance of Jobatucanto

Julio Otoni community Center exist since 2006.  Hundreds of Children of the community have been benefitted by having this place as their home. There they play, they sing, they learn, they dance. The main resource on which the project counts are the volunteers. They can contribute at the center for a minimun of two week and a maximun of months or even years.  During the last 4  years Julio Otoni became the main social responsibility project of a hostel, Casa579, www.casa579.com. The founder of Casa 579 was one of the first volunteers at Julio Otoni Community Center. Today, Casa 579 hosts foreign volunteers that will work at Julio Otoni. They also help coordinate the work of these volunteers.  Besides offering to the children classes, the volunteers also promote special fundraisers, campaigns in the community , festivals.

The last festival took place last July, during the winter holiday, the volunteers organize with JO children “Jobatucanto,” as the group is affectionately known, is an amalgamation of the words “Jo” – for “Julio Otoni,” “batu”, for “batucada,” a sub-style of samba that includes African-influenced percussion, and “canto,” referring to the vocal aspect of the group. The group was formed in October 2011 when Profesora Vânia from Minas Gerais first started volunteering at the center. The kids learned Brazilian and African rhythms until Profesora Natalia, from Argentina, joined in July 2012 and expanded their repertoire. Jobatucanto did the music for Cinderella, the kids’ musical theater performance earlier this year. The show  featured songs from Brazil, Cuba, Argentina and Uruguay. It was a wonderful dive for children into our Latin America Soul.  

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Jun 13, 2013

Diversity of Activities for Youth

Field Trip to SESC
Field Trip to SESC

The past few months have been packed! In April, the children performed "Cinderella in the Favela", a music and theater production. The play was written, produced, and directed by the English teaching volunteers, and was a collaboration between the weekly music and break dance classes. Both the morning and afternoon terms were able to participate, showcasing their English skills, dance moves and musical talent in an amazing performance that opened for two nights. The first show was held in the community center itself for the family and friends of the kids and the second was held at Casa 579, a neighboring bed & breakfast where many of the Julio Otoni volunteers live. Both events were very well attended and equally fun for the kids and the audience alike! Read more and see pictures about the performance here. 

A new wave of volunteers from all over the world, including Mexico, Argentina, France, Switzerland, Brazil and the United States arrived at the center, bringing a diversity of activities and classes. Recreational games, photography, and emotional intelligence classes have joined the pre-existing English classes, music classes, and study hall. Due to the success of the Cinderella production, these current volunteers hope to put on another musical showcase next month.

And most recently a group of children went on a field trip to see a theater production, “Pequena coleção de todas as coisas” (“A Little Collection of Everything”) at Espacinho SESC, a socially conscious organization that puts on cultural events and is involved in health, sports, and tourism programs.

The Julio Otoni Center and all the enriching activities provided to the children there are made possible by the hard working local staff members and the international volunteers that bring their respective talents to teach to the children. The staff and volunteers need your help to continue doing their invaluable work. No donation is too small, and every contribution helps to keep this center running as a positive force in an at-risk community. Thank you again, and please, spread the word about this project!

Cinderella Theatre Production!
Cinderella Theatre Production!

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