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 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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Feb 19, 2013

2013 Summer Camp/Colonia de Ferias!

Boys celebrate during trivia challenge
Boys celebrate during trivia challenge

Summer should be a time for fun, relaxation, and vacation, but for many youth in under-privileged communities, summer can be a stressful time for working families without resources or opportunities for places to send their kids.

That is why every summer the Julio Otoni Center organizes a week-long Colonia de Ferias, or Summer Camp, providing fun and educational activities to the kids in the community.

The summer camp began before Carnival, with four days of different activities organized by a team of international volunteers.  Each day there were 25-30 kids eagerly waiting to see what that day had in store. There was a day of sports, a day of art projects about their community, a day of singing and music, and culminating with a day of wacky competitions such as spelling bees, trivia, and other brain teasers!

After Carnival the group came back together the following Thursday for a field trip! 16 kids and 7 volunteers went to Casa do Pontal, a museum of popular Brazilian art and folklore from the 20th century. When the group arrived they were greeted by what one volunteer described as a “pied piper”,  leading the group with guitar and song through the museum.  “The kids were captivated by the theatrical presentation of their guide, as were we! She managed to bring to life folk history and to get the children involved as well. It was brilliant," reported one volunteer. “My favorite part was the puppet show! I got to be the bull,” said one student about acting out a popular folk tale.

The museum is located in Recreio, a neighborhood just outside of downtown Rio. The children were glued to the window during the 90 minute bus ride, passing through the famous beach neighborhoods of São Conrado, and Barra. While these places are only located a few kilometers away from where they live, many of the children had never seen these neighborhoods, nor the open ocean. On the way home from the museum, the group stopped in São Conrado to watch the para gliders and hang gliders jumping from the mountains above and landing on the beach.

Rio de Janeiro is a city rich with cultural centers and activities. With your donations and support, we can continue to offer and expand upon these opportunities to the youth of the Julio Otoni Community.  We also hope to expand our Colonia de Ferias to longer than one week, for the upcoming winter holidays in July, and the following summer. From Rio, we thank you

Group with singing guide at Casa do Pontal Museum
Group with singing guide at Casa do Pontal Museum
Watching hang gliders at Sao Conrado beach
Watching hang gliders at Sao Conrado beach
Stretching before a day of sports activities
Stretching before a day of sports activities
Volunteer efforts made this camp possible!
Volunteer efforts made this camp possible!

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