Jul 8, 2021

Budding Artists Turn Professional

Art instructor Lisa Jones with budding art student
Art instructor Lisa Jones with budding art student

Dear Valued Supporter:

 

Thanks to your generosity, INMED USA has been able to expand its therapeutic programs for at-risk teens, including music therapy, mindfulness and cooking, among many  other activities to help teens channel their creativity for stress relief. It turns out that we have a lot of budding artists in our midst!

 

A recent art therapy class to help teens cope with the stresses of COVID and navigate the challenges of adolescence evolved into a month-long art exhibit sponsored by the Loudoun County Arts Advisory Council at the Loudoun County Government Center in Leesburg, VA. The theme of the exhibit was Movement, and the works displayed were completely sold out. 

 

A local network, DMTV, featured the exhibit and one of the artists in a heart-warming news segment. Also on hand were INMED US Programs Director Jennifer Smith and proud art instructor Lisa Jones, a professional artist who volunteers her time and talents to INMED USA and who arranged the art exhibit.

 

At the end of the exhibit, the teens were recognized by the Loudoun County Board of Supervisors at a special reception where the teens got to meet the patrons who purchased their works of art.  

 

Now that the teens are professional artists, several are considering pursuing their newfound talent as a career. With the support of community partners like you, youth have a safe place to express themselves at INMED USA’s Opportunity Center in Sterling, VA—and build skills for navigating the challenges life presents them. 

 

Another art exhibit is planned for Fall 2021. Stay tuned for updates, and thank you for your ongoing support!

 

—The INMED USA Team

DMTV interviews Jennifer Smith & Lisa Jones
DMTV interviews Jennifer Smith & Lisa Jones
A universe of potential
A universe of potential
An exploration of Movement
An exploration of Movement

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Jul 6, 2021

Rotarians Join the Cause!

Tumbira fisherman struggles to feed his family
Tumbira fisherman struggles to feed his family
Dear Friend and Supporter:
We are pleased to report that the Rotary Club of Manaus in the Amazon region of Brazil and the Rotary Club of Culver City, CA are joining you to support this urgent  INMED Aquaponics® project in the Brazilian Amazon. 
The project, titled "Building Indigenous Food Security and Sustainable Livelihoods in the Brazilian Amazon," will provide sustainable solutions for strengthening food security and indigenous economies devastated by the ongoing impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic.
"This aquaponics project with INMED will enable Rotary International, through District 4720 Amazon, to help a riverside community to minimize the problem of persistent hunger and preserve the Amazon rainforest for future generations," notes incoming District Governor Gerson Aoki.
In partnership with the Sustainable Amazon Foundation (known by its Portuguese acronym FAS), INMED Brasil will establish a commercial-scale aquaponics system in the community of Tumbira, within the agroforestry production and education complex currently operated by FAS. The system is projected to yield more than 4,000 pounds of fish plus more than 25,000 pounds of produce per year in a footprint of only 3,000 square feet.
The project will include a Center of Excellence for education, training, demonstration, research and production optimization that will support new aquaponics enterprises across the state of Amazonas, Brazil. The center also will provide an estimated 10,000 people per year with a sustainable means of fresh food production to reduce hunger, strengthen food security and generate income from the sale of fish and produce, while also creating education, employment, research and entrepreneurship opportunities for a generation of indigenous young people who would otherwise face uncertain futures in their own communities—or be forced to migrate to new areas.
CLICK HERE to learn more about this Rotary International campaign. You don't have to be a Rotarian to donate, so please share with your friends.
Many thanks,
Team INMED Brasil
Rotary International joins INMED's cause in Amazon
Rotary International joins INMED's cause in Amazon
The River is the life of indigenous generations
The River is the life of indigenous generations

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May 3, 2021

Training is the Word in Jamaica

Onsite, hands-on training makes all the difference
Onsite, hands-on training makes all the difference

TRAINING has been the focus of the INMED Aquaponics® program in Jamaica in the past quarter. Thanks to the support of the US Embassy Kingston, IDB Lab and other governmental and multinational partners, INMED has continued to strengthen aquaponics farmers in Clarendon and island-wide-- increasing the knowledge and skills of these farmers in the innovative technology, business management and governance. Our team at INMED Caribbean held two training workshops in January in northern Clarendon in partnership with the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) and the Social Development Commission (SDC).

The initial training schedule planned for five consecutive weekly workshops to be completed in January and February. After staging the second workshop, however, INMED paused face-to-face activities due to a surge in COVID-19 cases in the northern Clarendon region. INMED continued to support the groups remotely and through site visits, as possible, while observing COVID -19 safety protocols.

Making “Lettuce-Aid” Out of a Down Market

We’re pleased to report that five aquaponics farming cooperatives in Clarendon have taken great care of their systems, resulting in a bumper crop of romaine lettuce in February. Unfortunately, because of Canada’s travel ban to the Caribbean and US advisories against travel to Jamaica due to the pandemic, the market demand for romaine lettuce was severely diminished. Undaunted, the groups found creative ways to distribute their produce, including donations to the Percy Junior Hospital in Spaulding, Clarendon.

Next Steps

To ensure safe and effective delivery of the additional training planned for aquaponics farmers in Clarendon, INMED will double the number of planned workshops to accommodate smaller groups to remain COVID vigilant. The workshops will be held outdoors at different community aquaponics systems in May and June. Smaller groups will allow for more hands-on training for participants, increasing their access to reliable information and support as they gain experience with aquaponics farming, as well as allow for increased monitoring and evaluation activities. Upon completing planned training activities and filling gaps to optimize production, producers will be positioned to supply their identified markets.

These new aquaponics farmers have struggled with food insecurity and economic decline due to the destructive impacts of severe climate events in their communities. Today, they have more reliable harvests for sustainable incomes, and their families and neighbors have fresh, nutritious food on their tables. The entire INMED organization is grateful for your support of this transformational project.

Special thanks to IACA Project Manager Earl Ashley for providing this update .

Business training is a key to INMED Aquaponics
Business training is a key to INMED Aquaponics
RADA agent training is key to sustainability
RADA agent training is key to sustainability
INMED's system in Alston is a showstopper
INMED's system in Alston is a showstopper
INMED's sytem in Ritchies is thriving
INMED's sytem in Ritchies is thriving
Farmers donate "lettuce aid" to local hospital
Farmers donate "lettuce aid" to local hospital
 
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