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

Canisius' Corner - Opening new areas for trees

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


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!

May 9, 2016

Celebrating our Tenth Anniversary

Training footbal
Training footbal

In 2016 we celebrate our tenth anniversary. Children at Community Julio Otoni love their Center.  For most of them is it a sort of refuge, a safe space where they can play, they are loved and respected.  Child abuse in Favelas is a very common problem, a quick google search can  show the many dimensions in which it occurs. " At Julio Otoni Center we feel safe. We can play. We feel also free to express ourselves without fear of being bitten or abused", says Mateus, a 9 year child that has been attending Julio Otoni Center since he was 6.  

One of the innovations and good practices of the initiative carried at the Julio Otoni Center  is that it  is maintained by a combination of volunteers from outside the Favela and  women that live in the Favela. They  care for the future of children that in many cases would be  left alone at home if the Center did not exist to host them.  Eliana, for example, has served at Julio Otoni Center for the last 9 years. One of her grand children attends the Center activities and she feels proud of being able to contribute to the wellbeing of so many children at the Favela: "I feel that our  contribution apparently small make a big different in the lives of the children and their families. Here they eat well, they play and they are exposed to good education tools". 

Children at Julio Otoni have computer classes, football, English and after school support for the disciplines in which they do not do well. They have also art classes which have helped them to participate in international projects such as constellationart, which gathers art projects from all over the world. It is an on going thread of positive contributions and transformations that the maintenance of a simple house allows.!  Gratitude for all that have contributed for the initiative to continue over the last ten years. May it continue. May we continue to benefit the children and families of Julio Otoni Community! 

Meeting the parents
Meeting the parents
More football our preferred sport
More football our preferred sport



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