Dear supporters and friends across the world
This is turning out to be a great week! And we'd love to ask you to make it even greater. Read on....
First of all, the Iracambi Kombi van has arrived. This was bought with donations raised in ourSeptember fundraiser, in the course of which our gallant band of Rainforest Heroes went without birthday presents, and went down on their knees to friends and family in order to raise the funds we needed. In fact Iracambi was narrowly pushed into second place in the funding competition by another GlobalGiving organization, but we qualified for bonus funding anyway.
So, at last, we have our own transport and will no longer have to depend on the good graces and good organization of the local school bus. The first team of Junior Scientists arrives tomorrow to start the academic year, and already we are getting complaints from other would-be Junior Scientistswho didn't manage to get through the selection process. We'll do our best to accommodate them next semester.
So what's all this about the humming bird? Well, CA Technologies from New York has selected four GlobalGiving partner organizations that work in science education to share in their fiftieth birthday celebration. Here's how it works. For every one who follows this link http://bit.ly/1ary2Um and selects an organization, they are making a donation. This week, March 9 -14 each donation is worth $50. So far, Iracambi has managed to get 47% of all the donations, and it's all thanks to our supporters like you.
Could there be an easier way for you to help our work in the rainforest? It's as easy as 1,2,3. Please click for us, share us with your networks, and help the Iracambi humming bird fill up that pot of gold. Thank you so much!
And we'll report back soon on the result of the funding drive, and of course we'll tell you how our Junior Scientists are doing!
Robin, Binka, Toni, Leandro and all the Junior Scientists
Junior Scientists has been selected by CA Technologies from New York City as one of the four projects they are supporting to celebrate their 50th anniversary. How exciting is that?!
So it's easier than ever to support Junior Scientists. Three clicks and it's done! Just follow the link http://www.ca.com/us/lpg/mainframe/mainframe-50/giving.aspx, select Iracambi, go down the page, hit the like button, hit submit and CA Technologies will donate $1 for our Junior Scientists. And better still, you can do it every day.
And in case you are wondering what our Junior Scientists are up to.... well, this past weekend they helped plant nearly 400 trees on the new Graminha Forest Reserve. And they are planning to plant more next weekend. This is all part of taking their practical skills into the field in preparation for going into the environmental preservation areas and working with the local community to preserve streams and springs and prevent erosion through planting and caring for forest seedlings. We were extraordinarily lucky in the weather - it had been very hot and dry for the previous ten days, and there was a violent thunderstorm the day before which flooded the valley, knocked out the power, and burned out the radios that bring us the internet. The track up to the planting site is steep and muddy, but luckily the Junior Scientists were to hand to push when the Iracambi Land Rover got stuck!
We'll send you an update when school starts again next month, and in the meantime if you could help us with three clicks (and if you could do it every day) we'll be overjoyed!
Dear friends, supporters, and Iracambistas everywhere,
First of all we want to send you a big thank you for supporting our September Fundraiser campaign, and for your continued support, day by day, month by month. You are the best, dear donors, and we couldn’t do it without you!
The amazing and utterly wonderful news is that in the last quarter of 2013 we have raised $13,546!! Which will buy us the Volkswagen Kombi van that we’ve been dreaming of for so long.
And what does that mean for us? It means that we will no longer be dependent on the good graces of the school bus and its driver who can be grumpy when the roads are muddy. And the roads do get muddy in the rainy season – October through April. That’s what comes of living in a rainforest...... So we'll be able to collect Junior Scientists year round because the gallant Kombi can cope with dust and ruts in the dry season and ankle deep mud in the rains. It can also cross bridges and tackle steep hills that leave the competition stranded.
So when the school year begins in February we have big plans for our Junior Scientists. During the past quarter they’ve been sharpening their observation skills and learning to distinguish indicator species of mammals, birds and plants, as well as mapping the bioregion around the Research Center and around their own houses and farms. It's all part of helping them diagnose healthy ecosystems.
Starting in February we plan to take them into the Environmental Protection Areas to put their new found skills to work and encourage their friends and families to define priority areas for environmental protection, to figure out the challenges, and come up with solutions. So they may be planting trees to protect springs and streams and help contain erosion. They may be encouraging recycling, figuring out pollution control measures, attending community meetings and helping create an environmental management plan. How exciting is that?
And, by the way, when the schools conducted their own evaluation of the Junior Scientist program, the students were unanimous in saying they love being Junior Scientists. One of the reasons they gave? Because we tell them that one of the cool things about being scientists is that they are EXPECTED to ask questions!
So once again, dear donors, we want to send you a great big thank you from all our Junior Scientists, and wish you all a wonderful Christmas holiday season. Please come visit us if you are ever in our part of the world and who knows, you could even get a ride in the Kombi!