Rainforest was explored with non-sustainable production methods that led to severe soil, water and landscape degradation, causing rural poverty and migration to cities.
The project just donated the first Irrigated Organic Vegetable Garden for a Brazilian rural family, in this case a Land Reform settler. This donation is helping him become an organic producer and is giving him means to live and produce on his land and from his land. In his "Small Family Oasis", the family can find work all year round, food, produce goods for the market, and there is occupation for women and young. We hope that this will bring them security, stability, better habitat and environmental conditions and income.
SALVEASERRA have already located three new possible families to receive donations to support personal projects. Two vegetable gardens and a tree nursery. We are still getting to know them and their work, and before anything else, they are going to receive some training in a course on Organic Agriculture we are sending them this late November.
In a new project, we are also helping to recover the vegetable gardens of two municipal schools in the outskirts of Valença, one with 250 students and another with plus than 550, hoping that from there we will be able to reach these poor communities.
This project and approach to these needed citizens is made first with a lecture on environmental matters we give at the school and a week later, groups of 30 students and teachers and school aids are invited to visit the Serra da Concordia Wildlife Sanctuary, for "A Day in the Forest" a free environmental education program, in buses we hire for them. We receive these groups twice a month.
All these activities are funded through the SALVEASERRA/GLOBALGIVING FUND created with part of GLOBALGIVING donations received. This Fund has the purpose of donating irrigated vegetable gardens and tree nurseries for needed people and communities and also to offer training courses on environmental and agricultural matters.
I am sure that a small investment in a model that preserves nature and water and that can be reproduced everywhere, may represent the beginning of economical, social and environmental changes in the perspective of living of many Third World citizens and countries.
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