CEMINA (Com., Edu. and Info. and Adaptation)

CEMINA ( Communication, Education, Information and Adaptation) is a not- for- profit organization founded in 1990 to empower women and communities through the use of the radio. Over the years CEMINA has created 400 women's radio programs and has been awarded with various prizes. The radio model, created by CEMINA, is considered a social technology and has been disseminated not only in Brazil but in other countries as well. Since 2007, CEMINA has shifted its focus from radio to the capacity building for social start ups and education for adaptation to climate change. One of its main projects is Adapta Sertao ( www.adaptasertao.net) which aim is to develop a social technology that benefi...
Water catchment system for underserved school
The school Hervalina Diniz, a highly underserved and under-resourced school in the periphery of Rio, dreams to build a rain water catchment system to lower the unfair high costs they pay for water. The director, Roberta, is determined to transition the school to be more sustainable, despite the lack of support from the school district and local government. The water system would allow the students to maintain a garden, eat healthier, and use the money now spent on water for better education.
Caring for Cats: Neutering, Food and Shelter
Our Caring for Cats project seeks to neuter, feed, and treat the sick and abandoned cats that come looking for a home here at our organization SINAL. Here in rural Brazil there are no animal shelters, meaning stray cats have nowhere to go and become hungry and sick without our care. Recently, 20 new kittens have arrived and we need to spay and neuter all 20, plus the stray mother and father cats nearby. In order to also feed all the cats and treat any of their sicknesses, we need support! project reportread updates from the field
Prevent Youth Involvement in Drug Trafficking
The project offers 50 young people alternative and enriching activities out of school hours to prevent their involvement with gang culture in the low income communities (favelas) of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. project reportread updates from the field
SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature
Help us protect and restore the Atlantic Rainforest, one of the most biologically diverse and richest ecosystems in the world. Despite its importance to the people of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paolo, and millions of others, the forest is severely endangered, as only 12% of this precious rainforest remains. Our project aims to sustainably plant 10,000 native trees, restoring nutrients to degraded soil, and build a positive relationship between the forest and those who live within it. project reportread updates from the field
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL do Vale is an organic farm and education center located in the lush Atlantic Rainforest one hour from downtown Rio de Janeiro. It is a place of learning and inspiration specially designed for children. Passionate educators teach children weekly about the importance of soil, caring for plants, the water cycle, re-forestation and the local ecosystem. SINAL aims to build lasting appreciation and respect for nature while giving children skills that can benefit themselves and their communities. project reportread updates from the field

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