Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil

 
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Mar 2, 2011

Project update. February 2011

Project update February 2011. "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil"

Dear donors and project friends,

In this project report we will show you the accomplishments project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" has already obtained in Valença municipality, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil. First of all, you will see pictures of the fish harvested by Mr. Helcione in his irrigation tank that the project built for him in 2008. Since 2009 they have collected every month many kilograms of fish from the irrigation tank and as these fish reproduce enormously, they will have fish forever if they manage the production wisely. Please see project updates September, November 2008, December 2009 and link 1.

Next, I want to show some pictures taken by the organic vegetable gardeners that obtained a new greenhouse built by project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" in August 2010. Mrs. Denise and husband, Mr. Doca are indeed very happy with this new greenhouse that made their production of good quality organic sprouts of different vegetables almost triple. You will also see pictures of the market were they sell their farm products and organic vegetables. Please see project update August 2010 and link 2.

We have also some new pictures of the tree nursery that the project built recently for Mr. Antonio dos Santos. As you will see the saplings he produces are in good shape and he has plans to increase his production of organic seedlings of fruit trees and coffee plants for the local market. Please see update November 2010 and also link 2.

Project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" is now starting a new stage that is to work in a specific community called Cambota, a neighborhood in the outskirts of Valença City, with 900 houses and some 4000 inhabitants, many children and juvenile. As you may know, we have another project with GlobalGiving called “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil” that among other things, takes students and local citizens to an ecological/educational guided visit to the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, called “A Day in the Forest”. Please see this project at: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protect-brazil-rainforest/.

This is how we made contact with this community when by the end of last year, we took most of the students from the two local public schools, around 160, do the Day in the Forest tour. As we are also starting a new phase of the Day in the Forest project, returning to the schools after the visit, to discuss their day in the forest, to start talking and debating the environmental situation of their school and community and also to evaluate the awareness they have of all these problems. And the most important, to see what can be done and what they can do by themselves to change these facts and improve their chances of having a better future. Our group was very well received by the schools directors and teachers that gladly consented to proceed with the project. As the project evolves, we are planning to create an ecological group of students in each school we work with, to follow the environmental conditions of that area of a city where they live.

As from the start we had the intention of reaching and attracting the student’s parents to new sustainable development projects in this community that can help them to obtain new income or/and increase local revenues, it was not difficult for us to meet with the Local Residents Association and offer a partnership to them to develop and unfold new ideas and future projects, among them, a big communal vegetable garden in one of the many vacant terrains available in the neighborhood. This is what we are doing at this moment. Please see at link 3 pictures of one of these meetings. As this association has a Samba School notice the statues and other figurines used during Carnival.

We do not have many funds but we do the best we can to use them wisely.

I am sure that your donations that are converted in small investments can offer a chance to many and this will represent an economical, social and environmental change in their lives.

Thank you very much for your help and support,

Roberto Lamego

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Nov 16, 2010

UPDATE NOVEMBER 2010

A new vegetable garden we are following.
A new vegetable garden we are following.

Dear donors and project friends,

In this new November project report you will see that our project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" is advancing and we are already bringing important progress in our community. As you know, we have difficulties to find families that want and need improvements in their vegetable gardens. We are working with a new home vegetable garden, as you will see in some attached pictures. The partnership with Valença County municipality to implement vegetable gardens in the municipal schools stopped because as I said before, the Mayor was obliged to leave his office for legal reasons, and we did not have elections so far. This part of our project will have to wait a little. We really want to start it again because it can be very useful to improve, ameliorate and enrich the school’s kitchens that provide essential meals to students. In many schools there is plenty of space where to make good vegetable gardens, as you will also see in some photos I joined of a new school where are starting to work with our other GlobalGiving project, “Tree and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil”. This month we finished the building a new greenhouse for Mr. Antonio dos Santos and he can now start a new small business of producing different kinds of saplings of trees, fruit trees, palm trees, spices, flowers and garden plants. Attached you will see pictures of the new tree nursery. Please see a Photo Album and play the slideshow here: http://picasaweb.google.com/Boblamego/AntonioSTreeNursery?feat=email#. As I always say, I am sure that these small investments that offer a chance, preserve nature and water and that can be reproduced everywhere, may represent the beginning of economical, social and environmental changes in the living of many Third World citizens. Thank you very much for your help and donations that make all this possible. I am very grateful to you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions and who knows some day some of you can come visit us?

Thank you again for this support,

Roberto.

A view of the vegetable garden.
A view of the vegetable garden.
Denise, explaining some technique to the gardener.
Denise, explaining some technique to the gardener.
Another view of the garden
Another view of the garden
We have projects in this school in Valença city.
We have projects in this school in Valença city.
School kitchen and students meal.
School kitchen and students meal.
One of the cooks.
One of the cooks.
Free space at school where they can have a garden.
Free space at school where they can have a garden.
Unoccupied land at this school.
Unoccupied land at this school.
Antonio had this tree nursery
Antonio had this tree nursery
We built a new one. Delivering the covering tissue
We built a new one. Delivering the covering tissue
Starting to cover the tree nursery.
Starting to cover the tree nursery.
The whole family helped in the construction.
The whole family helped in the construction.
The tree nursery is ready and with plenty of room.
The tree nursery is ready and with plenty of room.
Antonio moved his seedlings to the new nursery.
Antonio moved his seedlings to the new nursery.
We are now working to improve this home garden.
We are now working to improve this home garden.

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Aug 11, 2010

Update August 2010

Old greenhouse
Old greenhouse

UPDATE AUGUST 2010

Dear donors and project friends,

first of all I want to apologize for leaving you such a long time without a project report but here goes a new one and you will see through this one, that project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil", is advancing not as fast as we would like, but it is making important progress in our communities. We still have difficulties to find families that want and need a donation of a home vegetable garden. One of the reasons is that people are leaving the country, abandoning their backyards and preferring to buy at the supermarkets. The partnership with Valença County municipality to implement vegetable gardens in the municipal schools stopped because the local Mayor was obliged to leave his office for political and legal reasons. We will have new elections in two months. Then we have to start it all over again. This was the bad part, but the good part is that, at last, an old greenhouse we showed in a picture two reports ago, saying that that we would help reconstruct because it was important for the production of good quality organic sprouts of different vegetables and that we had bought twenty 3 meters concrete poles and 10 crossbars, is ready, beautiful and operating. They have already doubled their production of sprouts that is supplied to other members of the Organic Producers Association as well as the community in general. You will see a sequence of photos of the rebuilding of the greenhouse, from the old one to the placement of the baby vegetables on the market. We continue to look for home vegetable gardeners and recently our team made a presentation to a group of small producers of an association kept by local church. We still do not have any return from them. You will see also some pictures of this meeting. Last month the project sponsored 5 people to attend to an organic agriculture course, the same course we offered in other occasions and that you can see in other earlier updates. We have no photos. We have a new small producer to help as we are going to build a new greenhouse for him. Mr. Antonio dos Santos wants to improve his old one and to start a new small business producing different kinds of saplings of trees, fruit trees, palm trees, spices, flowers and garden plants. Attached you will see two pictures of Antonio and his existing greenhouse. In the next update we will have a new greenhouse to show you. I am sure that these small investments in agricultural models that preserve nature and water and that can be reproduced everywhere, may represent the beginning of economical, social and environmental changes in the living of many Third World citizens. Thank you very much for your help and donations. They make all this possible and I am very grateful to you. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, ideas or suggestions and who knows some day some of you can come visit us?

Thank you again for this support,

Roberto.

Old greenhouse 2
Old greenhouse 2
Inside old greenhouse
Inside old greenhouse
Inside old greenhouse 2
Inside old greenhouse 2
Truck with concrete poles
Truck with concrete poles
Denise, concrete poles and crossbars
Denise, concrete poles and crossbars
Greenhouse construction
Greenhouse construction
Greenhouse construction 2
Greenhouse construction 2
New greenhouse
New greenhouse
Denise and new greenhouse
Denise and new greenhouse
Inside new greehouse
Inside new greehouse
New greenhouse 2
New greenhouse 2
Valença marketplace
Valença marketplace
Husband now engaged in the production and sale.
Husband now engaged in the production and sale.
Small producers meeting
Small producers meeting
Small producers meeting 2
Small producers meeting 2
Antonio and Denise
Antonio and Denise
Antonio
Antonio's greenhouse
Mar 1, 2010

Update, February 2010

The canadian filming crew
The canadian filming crew

Dear project donors and friends, last December, we had the visit of a filmmaking team from Canada, working for Lato Sensu Productions that is preparing a documentary series entitled "Architects of change". As I said in the last project update, I was invited to participate in this series that has the aim to explain and highlight the possible solutions to many different environmental and social issues, through the examples of people and experiences that already apply sustainable development principles in their daily lives and work. They expect that these examples will give hope for the future and encourage other people to do something of their own to try to change and improve their lives and communities. Please visit this site to have a better idea of the project: http://www.filmsdocumentaires.com/portail/artisans.html. As this is the second series of documentaries, you can also see on this site, who has accepted the invitation for the first series: http://artisansduchangement.latosensu.tv/. For us it was an unique opportunity to be able to participate in this series and to have our projects chosen to be shown and broadcasted in France (TV5-Monde, Ushuaia TV) and Canada (Radio-Canada and TFO) and to know that talks are under way with Discovery Channel and NHK Japan as well as UNESCO. It was also a fantastic experience to follow, produce and work with this team of professional Canadian filmmakers. We will see these new series of documentaries in the beginning of 2011. The Canadian filmmakers could film some of project “Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil” activities as we organized a Vegetable Garden training course for Passagem, a new community we are starting to work with. Please see attached photos of the filming. We are preparing to start our field operations for 2010 with the vegetable gardens program for the local schools and it is possible that we will obtain some support from the Secretary of Education in order to establish a partnership with them to increase and take this program to more schools in different parts of the County. The plantation season is almost over and we planted again some 2000 trees, palm trees and fruit trees, half of then bought with GlobalGiving donations. Next month there will be a course on organic agriculture on a neighbour village and the project will offer 10 seats for Valença vegetable producers. Thank you all for your support, donations and good wishes that make all this come true and possible. All the best, Roberto

Vegetable garden training course
Vegetable garden training course
Visiting a vegetable garden
Visiting a vegetable garden
Dec 7, 2009

Update December 2009

Mr. Helcione and his 300 fish
Mr. Helcione and his 300 fish

Dear donors and project friends,

Project “Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil” continues its activities and we have two new vegetable gardens in order to start partnerships with our project. Next month they will join the Organic Producers Association, OPA. Our first recipient continues to work and to sell his production of different vegetables every Sunday at the local market. As the local fishery reopened after being closed for more than one year, we were finally able to furnish Mr. Helcione water tank with 300 baby fish. In six months we can start to eat or sell these fish. We plan to teach him to smoke his fish. The project supplied him with another truck load of cattle manure to his garden. Last month, the project bought 20 3 meters concrete poles and 10 crossbars for the construction of new greenhouse for the OPA. With this they will enhance the production of good quality sprouts of vegetables that are supplied to other member of the association. We are also supplying a plastic water reservoir to another producer. I would like to communicate to donors of this project that I was invited to participate in December 2009, of the second series of documentaries on sustainable development called "Architects of change", produced by a Canadian-French team. http://www.pvp.ca/. Each film will feature 3 "Architects of change" from different cultures and economic sectors from all over the world and the aim of the series is to explain and highlight solutions to environmental and social issues, presented through people who already apply sustainable development principles in their daily lives and work. This documentary series will be broadcaster worldwide. Of course I am very much honored and proud to be among one of the "Architects of change" and I hope that the examples of what we are doing here in Valença, Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil, can show that it is possible to change the ways of dealing, caring and treating our planet Earth and its people, and mainly to encourage others to do their own changes and have their own projects to improve their lives, communities, countries, all over the World. I will show then what we do here: 1. the 3 agroforestry systems experimental areas and the coffee under shade plantations, 2. the "Day in the Forest" ecological guided tour we offer to municipal public school students, 3. the irrigated organic vegetable gardens donation project, Project Oasis, 4. the SALVEASERRA Caravan Project meant to bring information and to take knowledge to rural and urban communities, and two of the training courses we offer to local communities, in this case, one of how to make a good vegetable garden a another one on banana plant fiber handcrafting. Thank you all those contribute to make this project possible and please see bellow the invitation letter and some links to documentary trailers. Roberto Lamego, director.

Documentary on sustainable development Dear Mr. Roberto Lamego, I am writing you today to find out if you would be interested and available to participate in a documentary series on sustainable development. Last year, the French TV producer Lato Sensu and the Productions Vic Pelletier from Canada, co-produced a documentary series entitled "Architects of change". And we now currently working on the second season. The documentary series consists of 10 X 52 minutes episodes, each featuring 3 "Architects of change" from different cultures and economic sectors all over the world. Again, the series will be broadcasted in France (TV5-Monde, Ushuaia TV) and Canada (Radio-Canada and TFO). Talks are under way with Discovery Channel and NHK Japan as well and UNESCO is one of our partners. The aim of the series is to explain and highlight solutions to environmental and social issues, presented through people who already apply sustainable development principles in their daily lives. We discovered your work as the founder of SALVEASERRA and would be honored to count you among our "Architects of change". Individuals such as you give hope for the future and encourage people to do something of their own. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this series. We plan to film between November 2009 and April 2010. You can go on this site so you will have a better idea of our project: http://www.filmsdocumentaires.com/portail/artisans.html And on our site, you will see who have accepted our invitation last year: http://artisansduchangement.latosensu.tv/ All the best, Geneviève Bougie Scénariste-Writer Les Artisans du changement (Architects of change) Les Productions Vic Pelletier inc. Pleae see also at : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dMvbh8D8aeo http://www1.radio-canada.ca/emissions/les_artisans_du_changement/

The fish arrive at the water reservoir
The fish arrive at the water reservoir
Old greenhouse
Old greenhouse

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Roberto Lamego

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Valença, Rio de Janeiro Brazil

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