Sep 6, 2017

8 Vaga Lume Congress

Participants at Villa Lobos Park
Participants at Villa Lobos Park

Dear supporter,

We are very happy to inform you we have managed to gather 48 volunteers from the Brazilian Legal Amazon in the 8º Vaga Lume Congress, held between August 27th and 30th in the city of Sao Paulo. Its main goal was to train them as multipliers of the methodology of reading mediation developed by the organization.

Among the volunteers, there were representatives of the Local Teams (responsible for the work in the urban area of the municipalities), representatives of the communities (responsible for the work in the countryside), as well as people with many years of Vaga Lume and others who have volunteered for less time, but are already developing significant reading projects in their regions.

In a four-day immersive experience, volunteers listened to lectures and participated in discussions about early childhood reading; child empowerment; evaluation and monitoring; planning; among others. In addition, more experienced volunteers could share their knowledge with the youngest in the “Mentor Walk” activity; and each group of representatives had access to the results of the evaluation of their community libraries and, therefore, was able to develop an action plan for each community/municipality for next year.

The Congresses are a fundamental part of Vaga Lume’s methodology once gather, with a certain periodicity, volunteers from different parts of the Amazon region that carry out similar reading projects in their realities. Thus, it is an enriching moment when they can exchange experiences, challenges and share alternative solutions. The volunteers, by becoming multipliers, consolidate strong networks that contribute to the development of their activities in their communities and encouraged them to put into practice the learning and alternatives brought from the event.

The 8º Vaga Lume Congress was a huge success! Check out the testimonials we heard from our volunteers, Evilásio and Janiléia:

- “When I took over the library in Cruzeiro do Sul, the children could not access the library by themselves, they needed their parents. Now the children have autonomy to use the library without their parents and the loans of books have increased a lot. We have to believe in the children!”. Evilásio, Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre.

- “Listening to other testimonials makes me feel like it has a part of me in every community”. Janiléia, Mirinzal, Maranhão.   

We have only managed to accomplish such moving results with your support! This 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

Dynamics
Dynamics
Battle cry of Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre
Battle cry of Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre
Cultural presentation from Maranhao
Cultural presentation from Maranhao
All participants of the 8 Vaga Lume Congress
All participants of the 8 Vaga Lume Congress
Group discussions about their community libraries
Group discussions about their community libraries
Jun 12, 2017

Sara's inspiring story

Sara - inspiring volunteer
Sara - inspiring volunteer

Dear supporter,

We have another inspiring story to tell you:

Sara is 27 years old and lives in the Community Cairara, in Tefé, Amazonas state. She is a farmer and a spectacular reading mediator. She lived in town but when she turned thirteen her family decided to move to the countryside. She imagined a future of studies and also to go to college one day, but her school didn’t have high school so she was forced to abandon her dream when she finished the eighth grade. A few years later she got married and had kids – and transferred her dream to her children, wondering how she would give them better education and living conditions.

That was when Vaga Lume came into her life: when the Community Library Estrela da Manhã (Portuguese for morning star) came to her community, she was trained as reading mediator, wrote traditional stories in handmade books, and got really involved with all the activities developed in the library. Now she is one of our inspiring volunteers, and keep working hard every day to involve her children and provide them better opportunities in education.

“I am a volunteer because I believe that children must read. Children that don’t have the opportunity to read have no opportunity to give wings to imagination. Each story and illustrations takes us to a completely different world. When I read, I dream with the story and I see myself in it – precisely in that time, that moment, that country, that place. I love reading!”

(Cairará is a community located in the Lake Caiambé, four hours distant from the city of Tefé (Amazonas state). It has approximately 47 families, which equals to 208 residents. Since 2008, the Community Library Estrela da Manhã has received more than 350 new books sent by Vaga Lume).  

It is worth saying that with your support, Vaga Lume was able to train Sara and more than one thousand other volunteers as reading mediators that are in the Amazon reading every single day because they believe in reading as a way to empower their children to stand up for their rights.  

Thank you for all!

Vaga Lume Team.

Kids playing in Cairara Community
Kids playing in Cairara Community
Kids and volunteers of the community library
Kids and volunteers of the community library
Reading mediation in the community library
Reading mediation in the community library
Community Library Estrela da Manha
Community Library Estrela da Manha
Sara
Sara
Mar 16, 2017

CarnaLeitura, the Reading Parade

CarnaLeitura attracting many people
CarnaLeitura attracting many people

Dear supporter,

As you might have heard about, Brazil has a very special holiday in its annual calendar: the Carnival.

It is a week-long party, considered as the Mardi Gras of the southern hemisphere, which includes live music, street performances, dancing, floats, costumes, food, beverages and… BOOKS! Why not?

As we told you before, the community libraries of Vaga Lume in the Amazon are considered as a very important part of the community, a facility that everyone has access to and that gains life with its volunteers.

In this Carnival (and it has happened before in other communities), the Local Team of the Breves (Pará state) organized the so called “CarnaLeitura” which mixes Carnival and reading in a very fun event.

The volunteers took the mobile shelves with them to the middle of the square, invited all the kids, youngsters and adults that crossed their way, and created a “parade” of reading mediation and lots of costumes!

Vilma, the volunteer who organized the event, published a testimonial on her Facebook: “while representative of Vaga Lume in Breves, I would like to thank all the local partners and volunteers, which contributed to the accomplishment of this amazing event that was designed with all my heart. According to scholars, when reading is pleasant, it is possible to develop imagination, to increase vocabulary and to get involved in this magical world called literature! That’s the point of the event ‘CarnaLeitura’ and of all our work as volunteers at Vaga Lume”.

It is worth saying that with your support, Vaga Lume was able to train Vilma and more than one thousand other volunteers as reading mediators that are in the Amazon promoting reading in every opportunity they find.

Thank you for all!

Vaga Lume Team.

Reading mediation with costumes!
Reading mediation with costumes!
Dad reading to his daughter
Dad reading to his daughter
Girl reading to its friends
Girl reading to its friends
Funny reading event
Funny reading event
Reading mediation in the middle of the square
Reading mediation in the middle of the square
Local Team of Breves (Para State)
Local Team of Breves (Para State)
 
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