Project "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil" continues to work with the Cambota Community where we are presenting them a new proposal that is to discuss with the neighborhood their future and what possible actions can be taken to prepare them for it.
As I told in the previous update, this new project in the project is called: The vision of your future. What do you think about it? What can you do about it?
But, do you remember the soccer field in the Cambota community where the changing rooms needed badly repair and where there is was an abandoned square that we visited a few months ago to propose to the community a partnership and a collective effort to renovate and recondition the place applying different permacultural construction techniques? Well, after some meetings with the Directory Board and many essays to explain what and why we wanted to make a partnership with then, we discovered, what we already suspected for some time, that an internal neighborhood dispute between groups for the Resident’s Association, was impeding the President to accept our aid to restore the changing room and adjacent square. Unfortunately he could not change this situation and nothing advanced so far.
That was when we decided to approach the community differently and instead trying thought the Resident’s Association we are now contacting local residents that we already know, after more than one year of acquaintanceship and familiarity with the neighborhood and this way getting to know their families.
The first action we undertook was to invite a group of the community to visit us at the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary and do the “A Day in the Forest” environmental and ecological trail, that their sons, relatives and other 300 students from Cambota had already done with their neighborhood school.
Please see here a slideshow of the last group of students that visited our place:
And here, a few days later, the slideshow of the bus with the community members.
This tour was an excellent opportunity to take a group of people, from this very simple community, older people, many with rural origins, and young and very young urban people, to the countryside, in our case to a forest, many for the first time, what was a delight to all. Even those that complained they had to walk for a couple of hours, at the end were very happy and satisfied with this unique experience.
All want to go back and we are thinking of taking another bus soon, this time with members of another part the community.
As we think that the Permacultural procedures and techniques are those that can be better employed in this community, the project decided to attend a 7 days PDC, Permaculture Design Course, the basic course on the subject and take two members of Cambota to come with us and learn what permaculture is. So we invited the president of the local Association and a master mason that is fascinated by this new way of work. The president could not go, but we are leaving tomorrow morning with another guest from another community called Passagem where we are going to initiate a similar project.
Just to remember: "Permaculture is a method and movement developed to assist people to become more self reliant through the design and development of productive and sustainable communities and its gardens and farms".
To know what is a PDC see here: http://www.permaculture.org/nm/images/uploads/PDC_cert_book_.pdf
I hope you enjoy our recent work, pictures and presentations and please accept my sincere thanks for your help and support.
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