What a fun, festive christmas season it's been! And what a lot our youngsters have achieved in the last month!
Sadly, our amazing mask and mural project with Nursery manager Toni, has come to an end, but it could not have been a more tremendous end!
Excitement levels ran super high on the big revealing of the beautiful mural that the younger children painted on the wall of the parish. With the christmas lights and the happiness bubbling through the community it was a sight to see when they revealed their artwork with a flourish and each child proudly showed which animal they had carefully painted to add to the big collage!
And not only was the atmosphere alive with the pride of the mural but at seven o' clock we all were seated and an incredibly excited silence descended on all the ecstatic spectatores. And sure enough we were all spell bound by the effort the children had made painting the most exquisite masks each of their own chosen endangered animal. They performed the play Toni had written almost without fluke and the delight of their faces once it was finished and they saw all the community clapping and cheering for them was not worth missing!
All in all a real success and even now almost three weeks later we are still getting parents and children tellling us how great the whole thing was and how happy they were to have been a part of it.
We have some really cool stuff to share with you!
To celebrate the end of the school year, Junior Scientists @ Iracambi are going to work with local community kids on their first ever Rainforest Art project: a fun way of raising awareness about the Atlantic Forest in which we live.
In collaboration with Partners of the Americas, the Parish of Our Lady of Rosário in Rosário da Limeira, and our local partner schools, a group of Junior Scientists will select and research one of their favorite rainforest animals and learn about its habits. Then, with help from our talented and artistic nursery manager Toni, they will make masks of their animals. Next, they will work with teachers to create a play involving the things they’ve learned as Junior Scientists. They’ll give a performance in the town square to raise awareness of the importance of biodiversity and how human beings interact with nature. Finally they will paint a mural on the wall of the parish house, so that everybody will be reminded of the importance of the rainforest.
So we’re launching a funding drive to help us cover the costs of materials for the masks and murals, and to pay for transportation, snacks and other expenses.
Wednesday October 17th is the day when all online and paypal donations are matched 30 percent by Globalgiving! We’re very excited about that and our aim is to get as many donations as possible on that day. But, of course, we are thrilled to get any and all donations at any time. And – any new recurring donations this month will be matched! So please follow the link http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/brazils- junior-scientists-restore-rainforest-iracambi/ and help us paint the town.
Special note to our supporters in the US. You can donate via mobile phone: simply text GIVE 7852 to 80088 to donate $ 10 to the Junior Scientists @ Iracambi! You can even do it up to three times in one day.
A big thank you to Partners of the Americas (POA,) GlobalGiving and all our supporters worldwide. We’ll let you know how the project goes and look forward to working with you in the future.
After a rainy winter break, the Junior Scientists have come back to continue their studies! After a few struggles with organizing equipment, they have been taking measurements for pH, turbidity, conductivity, temperature, flow, and dissolved oxygen. By going to different sites around Iracambi, they can compare what makes the measurements different: for example, is being downriver from a cow pasture different than being upriver? The kids learn about all kinds of cause and effect, and how our own activities might affect what's happening in the landscape around us.
The data stores are becoming quite impressive! With all the information the Junior Scientists have gathered about the natural world, they're becoming experts in rainforest management!
We'd like to extend a thanks to everyone who's helped make this wonderful program possible: GlobalGiving, the teachers at the schools, the bus drivers, the Junior Scientists themselves, and of course, donors like you!