Jan 19, 2017

When we are many, we are stronger

All participantes of the Meeting
All participantes of the Meeting

Dear supporter,

In this report we will share with you the experience of our last meeting of volunteers in 2016!

Firework, music, food and hugs: that’s how we were welcomed by Santa Cruz do Tracajatuba I adn Campina de São Benedito communities during the Regional Meeting of Volunteers, held in Macapá (Amapá state) in November, 9th to 11th. In each community, the participants of the Meeting would get off the bus with many books in their hands and a big smile on their faces!

The three days of training and exchange of experiences offered to 40 Vaga Lume’s volunteers from the states of Amapá, Maranhão and Pará is a strategy to capacitate volunteers while mobilizing and inspiring the strengthening of bonds among volunteers that promote reading in different parts of the Amazon.

We heard some important testimonials of volunteers, such as Silvia Emanuelli Santos Almeida, from the João Batista rural settlement in Castanhal (Pará state): "In the Brazilian country side, poverty is a rule. The only way we can offer children the right to childhood in this scenario is by reading, by telling stories. So, while there are books and reading mediators in the communities, there will be perspective of a better life.”

By the end of the training, we visited the two communities mentioned where we got in contact with local culture in the dancing presentations and with the history of the communities with models and handmade books.

It was a very inspiring training. For us, bringing people who live in remote areas closer to each other to exchange is a powerful way to spread reading habits all over the Amazon. Don’t you think?

We have only managed to accomplish such moving results with your support! That is why we are here to thank you and to encourage you to keep following our work and sharing your thoughts and suggestions with us.

Thank you!

Vaga Lume Team

Traditional dance in Tracajatuba community
Traditional dance in Tracajatuba community
Books and readers - perspective of a better life!
Books and readers - perspective of a better life!
Models tell the story of the library in Campina
Models tell the story of the library in Campina

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Oct 24, 2016

Nine years volunteering and helping change lives

Andre speaking in the Biennial Book Fair of SP
Andre speaking in the Biennial Book Fair of SP

Dear supporter,

In this report you will read one of the many stories of impact that Vaga Lume has helped to create. 

Andre has been a volunteer of the community library of Caju Una for nine years. Caju Una is a rural community in Soure (Pará, Brazil), bathed by river and sea, perfect for fishing and for resting in hammocks during warm days.

When Vaga Lume went to Andre’s community, in 2006, he had only 10 years old, and that was the very beginning of his adventures inside literature books. Today, with 20 years old, Andre studies “Linguistics” in the Federal University of Para and always looks forward to visit Caju Una during holidays, when he monitors the library and develop activities with other volunteers to promote reading to local children and teenagers.

In 2016, as a result of his amazing work as a volunteer in Caju Una, Andre was invited to be a speaker at the Biennial Book Fair of Sao Paulo, talking about the importance of community libraries.

The discussions suddenly moved to the use of technology in libraries, and Andre developed a very interesting argument we would like to share with you: “Technology has a very broad meaning; we can’t just see it as smartphones or computers. When there is a community without any access to internet connection, people seek information through other means, and books are perfectly capable of supplying this need: they bring information, encourage readers and raise awareness about other cultures and peoples around the world. Thanks to the community library that Vaga Lume brought and to the volunteers that maintain it, I didn’t need internet or digital facilities to study. Books were my favorite technology”.

This point of view certainly brings some food for thought, doesn’t it? What do you think? Share your opinion with us!

And if you want to know more about and to engage in Vaga Lume’s events, please visit our website: http://www.vagalume.org.br/home

Best regards,

Vaga Lume Team.

Andre speaking
Andre speaking
Andre and two participants of Biennial Book Fair
Andre and two participants of Biennial Book Fair
Community Caju Una, where Andre was born.
Community Caju Una, where Andre was born.

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Aug 16, 2016

Spreading reading habits in the city of Sao Paulo

Reading mediation for children of an institution
Reading mediation for children of an institution

Dear supporter,

As you may know, one of the bases of Vaga Lume’s methodology is to train volunteers as reading mediators in rural communities of the Brazilian Legal Amazon region in the north of the country.

Last month, we decided to offer a similar course to people that live in Sao Paulo (southeast of Brazil) and are interested in our work in the Amazon. The event was called 1st Reading Mediation Training in Sao Paulo, and it was held in Vaga Lume's headquarters, counting with 22 participants.

During two days, the training presented to the participants the methodology of reading mediation, which is the same used in the community libraries in the Brazilian Amazon. "Offering a course on reading mediation in our headquarters is an old dream. Many people were interest to know how do we manage to bring people closer to books and reading, and in this occasion we were able to show them", celebrates the Vaga Lume educator Marcia. Besides, she said, "this event was important to show people how simple and efficient our methodology is, and, moreover, to foster reading habits in the city of Sao Paulo as well".

One of the participants, Thais, highlighted the diversity of the group: "I met people from all ages, states and life stories, what have enriched the discussions, because we could access different points of view and perspectives about the same subject". She also said that she was surprised to see what reading mediation is about: "I arrived into the course wondering if we were going to learn sounds or artistic abilities to interpret book characters, but actually I have learned that it is not about that, but to have enthusiasm and energy to put children – or whosoever – in touch with books and reading in a very simple (but not simplistic) way. I was amazed by the technique!"

It was a very successful training. Vaga Lume staff considers that putting more people in touch with our methodology is one of the ways to spread reading habits and to show our partners (and the general public) the importance of our work in rural communities in the Amazon.

As always, we have only managed to accomplish the 1st Reading Mediation Training in Sao Paulo with your support, and that is why we are here to thank you and to encourage you to keep following Vaga Lume's work. You are a big part of it!

If you want to know more about and to engage in Vaga Lume’s events, please visit our website (www.vagalume.org.br/home)!

Best regards,

Vaga Lume Team

Training adults in Vaga Lume's headquarters
Training adults in Vaga Lume's headquarters
Reading mediation
Reading mediation
Exploring community libraries collection of books
Exploring community libraries collection of books
Reading mediation for a child
Reading mediation for a child
Reading mediation for a child
Reading mediation for a child

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