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...
Feb 14, 2017

Preparations for the Course

The SINAL team is excitingly preparing for the 20 social entrepreneurs to arrive in just a few weeks. We have been preparing the houses and organizing the curriculum for the 10 weeks. The fellows will have the opportunity to meet leaders from around Brazil that are working with education and innovative professionalization programs. They will have the chance to visit organizations like AfroReggae and Gastromotiva in Rio, which train young people in the arts and in healthy cooking. 

The 10 weeks are divided into three parts: the Venture Lab, which will train them how to launch their own social project, the Media Lab, which will train them how to do marketing, media and communications, and the Challenge Lab, where they will develop an apprenticeship program for young people in Latin America.  The fellows will leave SINAL, having created a program, and will be ready to launch their own ventures

Jan 26, 2017

Julio Otoni December and January special events

This last year has been undoubtedly tough on Brazil. In the midst of a political and economic turmoil, it is the impoverished communities of the favelas who are taking the harder hit. Last month, we celebrated our annual Christmas party at the Julio Otoni Center. We made an effort to make it extra special as we believe it is important now to remind each other that our strength as a community lies in our unity. We celebrated with families sharing with music, snacks and games, and the children had the opportunity to talk to and take pictures with Santa Claus. It was a wonderful day full of laughter and good spirits, in the warm carioca weather!

It is also the start of a new year, and January means summer vacation in Brazil. We had a very special event – the children of the Julio Otoni community were taken to a special surf lesson at Recreio beach, taught by an instructor who was a surf champion of the country! The children had a great time in the water, warmer and calmer for this season, had snacks and learned to balance and play in the water. A big thank you to all of our supporters for helping us make events like these happen! who knows, maybe we have the next Gabriel Medina among our community ;) 

To see the surf class photos, click on this link: https://sway.com/IpxYYuPxcrW9D6tz

Dec 7, 2016

Final weeks of the year

the garden
the garden

As we wrap up the year, we want to look back on the many accomplishments that we - thanks to Global Giving's generous donors - have been able to achieve.

Starting in the beginning of the year, we continued our work to reform and revitalize the spaces of the school, that for years have been plagued with poor infrastructure. The area in which the garden now is was so poorly taken care of that the children could not even enter there. Therefore, our team wento to replace the floors, paint the walls, and make it safe for students to use. Then, our education coordinator, Luisa, continued the project "Aventura dos Sabores" with the creation of the garden and vertical garden using plastic bottles. Here is a video of the project: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKYE5Bnhh34

In May, students from Canisius college worked side-by-side the Student Council students in order to build recycled funiture, paint designs on the walls, and improve the gardens. The SINAL team also built a "tool shed" for the students to keep their gardening tools inside. 

Throughout the rest of the year, Luisa and the SINAL team continued to work each week in the garden with the students. They did science experiments using plastic bottles, oxiginated water, and bio-fertilizers. The students also came to SINAL to plant trees and to learn how to do mosaic. They, together with other community members, made a mosaic that said "Everyone together" to put in the central plaza. 

The last few weeks they have focused on maintaining the garden and lots of games related to biology and healthy food.

We are looking forward to next year, where we plan to build a water catchment system together with the engineers without borders local group. 

 
   

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