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,
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