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...
Dec 6, 2016

Treating sick cat with Amazonian plant medicine

Copaiba tree
Copaiba tree

 

This month we discovered how beneficial the Amazonian plant, Copaiba, can be for treating illness! Copaiba is an oil that comes from the pinnate-leaved South American leguminous trees (genus Copaifera) that has been used for centuries in indigenous medicine in the north of Brazil. Recently it has become more popular across the country for treating infection and other issues, yet it is by no means mainstream. 

When one of our cats, Bolinha ("little ball") recently became ill with a severe infection, we decided to try using Copaiba to see if it could help. Usually only a very expesnive antibiotic can treat this kind of infection. However, in just two weeks with daily treatments of copaiba, Bolinha has made an almost full recovery! The vet was completely shocked at how quickly the cat recovered. We plan to use copaiba for all the cats to help boost their immune systems. 

Additionally, two more baby kittens were found abandoned by our gate. They were very young. Luckily, we were able to quickly find a family for them as one of the workers from town had been looking for kittens. They are very happy in their new home! :) 

baby kittens
baby kittens
Dec 6, 2016

A Year in Review

The "mutirao"
The "mutirao"

As the year comes to an end, we here at SINAL are reflecting on the wonderful successes we have had in terms of reforestation this year!

In total we planted over 1,000 trees in over 50 species since January, and many of these are thanks to the generous donors of Global Giving. Having done the calculations, this is at least 70 tons of carbon we are capturing. As we have shown in our reports throughout the year, we are using various methods of restoration in order to develop prototypes of possible techniques that can then be replicated in the region – from agroforestry to classical reforestation to an experimental and innovative technique called Assisted Natural Regeneration (ANR). Read more about our ANR project here. We are working to show that cheaper, more innovative methods do exist for reforestation and production of food and our vision is to spread this knowledge throughout the Rio Green Belt region. 

Last month on national reforestation day, we had a large "mutirão" (which is a beautiful brazilian word for when everyone comes together to get something done) with another NGO called Reflorse to plant over 200 trees in agro-forest style. We planted a mixture of mulberry trees and banana trees (to provide shade) and native Mata Atlantica trees. We will soon add cacau and goiaba trees to complete the agroforest. It was a beautiful day, especially as this area had suffered from the fire in August. The group was very enthusiastic to participate and are looking forward to returning to plant the rest of the trees.

Donors who are interested in reading more about the agroforest can read about it on our blog here: http://thelivinglaboratory.weebly.com/journal

 

Nov 14, 2016

Children Create a Green Corner: composting left overs, preventing diseases and producing good food

Children and the Green Corner
Children and the Green Corner

We associate favelas with Garbage, the way houses are built and the configuration of slopes make garbage difficult to collect. Garbage, especially organic left overs of food and other contaminated trash, offer a great risk, especially because they can spread deseases like dengue fever and Zika virus. At Julio Otoni Community Center we teach children garbage recycling with the hope that they can bring it to their homes and other corners of the community.

Last month we created the Green Corner, "Cantinho Verde" at the Center.  As the name says it is a special space for children to compost all the organic left overs of the center and then cultivate vegetables that then we can use.

Several educational aspects are integrated: environmental  education ( by eliminating garbage from the public space), desease prevention ( children learn to be responsible for their own garbage and the problems that it can cause once thrown away);  producing food ( they learn that is it possible and easy to have a small garden at home). 

It is like a  seed planted that we hope will disseminate at the Favela. Food is very expensive in Brasil. At the favela, we  have been victims of Zika Virus and other deseases connected to the environment.

Here is the link with photos of the project: https://sway.com/3baXGEyF5mDXYB5K

There is not necessary to much space for a garden
There is not necessary to much space for a garden

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