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...
Jul 11, 2014

At the World Cup: New Friendship and Partnerships

Ball, shoes and shirts shared across the world
Ball, shoes and shirts shared across the world

David Oswell, an English Teacher of The Scots College in Sidney, Australia, got to Brasil for the World Cup bringing in his luggage, ball, football shirt, shoes. They were donated by affluent children of his college to poor kids in Rio. Through Lela de Silva, a volunteer that was in the Center two years ago, David got in touch with the Community Center Julio Otoni and was able to give to the children this material. 

David brought his friends and together they played football with the children. These are the hidden histories of this important international event. The linkage between the children of Julio Otoni and the kids of Scots College of Sidney. Australia was made and the idea is that every year they will share not only football shoes and shirts but also experiences and visions of the world. 

The partnership will continue. 

Young girls are tuned into football
Young girls are tuned into football
enjoying new boots
enjoying new boots
trying the new ball
trying the new ball
Apr 21, 2014

Planting Trees and Discovering Trails

Planting Trees
Planting Trees

SINAL is located in Mata Atlantica, one of the hotspots for biodiversity. Mata Atlantica is also  one of the most endangered biomas of Brasil.  Only 7 % is left.  It is located on the coast and one of the most urbanized areas of Brazil.

One of the missions of SINAL  is to promote initiatives to restore the ecosystem.  SINAL for children educate them to  know about the Mata Atlantica, its fauna and flora. Children are encourage to walk through trails and learn about  the  names of birds, trees, pick fruits.  They also participate in activities to plant trees and prepare the nursary.

SINAL is a living laboratory where volunteers from all over the world share their love for nature and other abilities with local children who do not have access to those resources  One of the recurrent activities is tree planting and also collecting garbage.

Stimulating the expression of children with art is also one of the activities at SINAL.   Children are estimulated to be creative and to reuse garbage materials to create their own toys. This year to celebrate Earth Day on April 22, we will be organizing a gathering with children in which they will paint how they want to express our Earth taking from the experience at SINAL, which is surrounded by a reach nature. 

Preparing a nursery
Preparing a nursery
preparing the nursery
preparing the nursery

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Apr 7, 2014

Healthy Food is now Art for Julio Otoni Children

cosmic fruit mandala
cosmic fruit mandala

Two volunteers, Guna Sauline and Hernan Almiron have inicitiate a new class that focus on transforming healthy food in artistic shapes. The title of the class is Dynamic Art  and the vision is to estimulate children to do artistic shapes with their bodies, with healthy food and with paintings. 

Julio Otoni is like most low income communities in Rio de Janeiro. Children eat unhealty  processed food flavored and colored artificially.  The transition is not easy and requires  creativity to capture children's attention and interest.  Thanks to this project this is happening and children are eating healthier and also learning  how to express themselves using their bodies and also painting.  Recently in one of the classes they have painted their souls. 

This class will last until the end of the year and is a good exemple of an activity that has a lot of potential to improve children's wellbeing.  It could be expanded to more children if donnations can support it. They money is need to buy the material.  It is a wonderful initiative that can help change unhealty food patterns, so critical to improve the current state of health of children at Julio Otoni and around the world. 

Drawing Souls
Drawing Souls
Freshly made snacks
Freshly made snacks

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