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...
Jun 14, 2016

Revitalization in the courtyard of the school

Recycled benches
Recycled benches

At the end of May, SINAL hosted a group of students from the american university, Canisisus College, as part of a Learning Journey on sustainability in the Atlantic Rainforest. On Day 4 of their journey, the students came with the SINAL team to work with the children from Hervalina Diniz school to revitalize and reform part of the enclosed courtyard space in the school. Since last year, the SINAL team has been working with the director and the students to improve the space - painting murals, starting a garden, and builidng a recycled tool shed. With Canisius, we had a full morning of painting, cleaning, designing, and building. We use recycled materials to build new furniture where the children can sit and read, using pallets and old tires. The students painted beautiful desingns on the walls and made a tree out of handprints! The kids had a wonderful time as well as the Americans - the children were excited to get to practice their english with the university students and the Americans were thriled to be able to make a concrete difference during their time. 

 

We look forward to continuing to reform and improve the space so that the children can spend more time outside in a safe, beautiful and inspiring environment. 

Painting tire chairs
Painting tire chairs
Jun 14, 2016

Canisius' Corner - Opening new areas for trees

Canisus
Canisus' Corner

The SINAL reforesation project continues to expand out into new areas that need reforesting.  At the end of May, students from Canisius College in Buffalo New York came to SINAL for a week long learning journey on sustainability in the Mata Atlantica. On day 4 of their journey, they spent the afternoon planting trees in a new area that the SINAL team had recently cleared for planting. For many of the students, it was the first tree they had ever planted, so everyone was very excited. One professor said that she felt it was one of the best and most meaningful experiences of her life because she felt she was truly contributing to something important in the world. Everyone had the opportunity to plant and dig holes. The physical experience of planting is very much a team-building activity, as well as a chance to reconnect students with nature. We made a sign that said "Canto do Canisius" - which means Canisius' Corner in Portuguese. All the students and teachers took photos in front of it and could not wait to come back next year to see how they had grown. 

May 20, 2016

CEMINA Caring for Cats Report

Jacques
Jacques

Thanks to our generous donors, we were able to successfully spay and neuter
15 kittens and stray cats. Jacques, a local animal lover that works with a
spaying company, came two times to SINAL to do the job. The whole team
helped to get all the cats that needed neutering. They were two long days
of cat catching, but in the end it all went very well! The cats were
neutered, had time to recover, and were returned to SINAL in good health
and happy! We are so very happy!

We also have been promoting awareness to locals in the community about the
importance of spaying and neutering. The SINAL team has been passing out
the information of our local veternarian to cat owners and explaining how
essential it is to neuter their cats.

We are extremely grateful to our donors who made this possible. See photos
of the happy, and now sterile, kitties!

 

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