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...
Nov 10, 2016

Taking Care of Kitties

Tigrinho getting treated
Tigrinho getting treated

Thanks to all our wonderful donors we have been able to castrate all but one of our cats. The last cat is still young and must wait a little longer until it is time. But therefore the cat population has finally stablalized. We cannot express our gratitude. Last month, our founder and cat lover Thais went to the United States to visit universities to talk about sustainability. When she went to visit Canisius College (a university which does learning journey visits each year at SINAL), she was surprised with an extremely generous donation for the cats from a teacher and friend, Sister Pat. It was extremely touching. The donation will be spent on neutering the last cat, paying for cat food, and treating out little cat, Tigrinho, for his cold. 

 

Thank you to everyone. 

Sep 12, 2016

"Everyone Together": Mosaic in the plaza

Making the mosaic
Making the mosaic

This month, SINAL and the students from Hervalina Diniz hosted an event on sustainability in the plaza of Santo Antonio, a plaza that has been abondoned and that we are trying to revitalize and repair with a message of sustainability.  

In this event for the community, we promoted healthy and sustainable eating with free samples of SINAL classic treats, showed the community how to re-use plastic bottles for planting and compost, and traded knowledge on ecological living. In collaboration with the student council of Hervalina, our own artist, Luana Cavalcante, organized a mosaic for the plaza theatre. The students came up with what to say : "Todo Mundo Junto" which means everyone together! The students came to SINAL a week earlier to prepare the letters and then on the day of the event, they finished up the writing and posted it on the wall of the outdoor amphitheatre. Many other children and community members participated in the mosaic and we were able to discover many new artists in the community that love art and were eager to learn more about mosaic. Mosaics are a really interesting form of art because they re-use the discarded pieces of tiles that construction and flooring companies cannot use. Moreover, unlike paint which wears off and must be re-done later, mosaic lasts forever!

The event was one of the first actions we are taking to restore the plaza. We plan to continue to occupy it, jointly with the community and the children of the school, to create a space that promotes culture, community, and sustainability.

We are deeply grateful to all our donors who are helping make this possible!

 

-- 

Partnerships and Programs Coordinator at Sinal do Vale 
Kids helping with the mosaic
Kids helping with the mosaic
Sep 9, 2016

500 trees more in the Mata Atlantica!

Planting the trees!
Planting the trees!

As part of a generous donation made to SINAL thanks to the iGiveTrees Campaign, we were able to plant 500 trees in some of the most degraded lands of our property. This planting was particular special because we were able to obtain saplings from two highly threatened tree species that are nearly extinct - Jussara and Jacaranda Caviuna. Jussara trees have little blue berries, similar to the acai berry, that are edible; however, the tree has been brutely cut down for years for its palm heart, that while delicious, is deadly to the tree. In fact, the tree has become so endangered that it is actually a federal crime to cut down a tree and can land one in jail. Yet somehow, it continues to happen.

The process of planting these trees was quite special as well because of several reasons. Firstly, in our search for the 500 saplings, we took several journeys to different nurseries in the area. Specifically, we discovered that the state water treatment company has reforestation projects throughout the area where they produce saplings. They understand that the forested hills of the Mata Atlantica are what allows the entire city of Rio de Janeiro to have fresh water - therefore, restoring the degraded lands is absolutely essential to them. We visited two different nurseries, each with a different variety of species. Therefore, we were able to maximize the biodiversity of the 500 trees we planted. 

Secondly, throughout the process of the tree planting, we were able to include many diverse groups of people to planting. From local community members in the town of Santo Antonio, to international volunteers, to a group of undergraduate Harvard students who came fora  learning journey at SINAL, many hands and hearts were part of the planting. It was very touching to see how inspired people were to be able to be part of the planting - there is something very special about getting to plant a tree in the Mata Atlantica. We are very, very grateful for the donation and are honored to have been able to be part of it. 

The following is a list of species from the Mata Atlantica that we planted: 

Euterpe edulis (jussara)*,
Garcinia sp. (bacupari),
Jacaratia spinosa (mamao do mato),
Eugenia brasiliensis (grumixama),
Spondias morbin (caja mirim),
Inga vera (inga),
Zeyheria tuberculosa (ipe felpudo),
Dalbergia nigra (jacaranda caviuna)*,
Senna sp. (aleluia),
Cedrela fissilis (cedro),
Cassia leptophylla (falso barbatimao),
Schinus molle (aroeira salsa),
Citharexylum myrianthum (pau viola),
Ceiba speciosa (paineira rosa),
Handroanthus sp. (ipe cascudo),
Albizia sp. (angico pururuca),
Licania tomentosa (oiti),
Pterocarpus violaceus (aldrago).

 

 
   

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