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...
Jan 8, 2016

Happy Ending for 2015 at Julio Ottoni

The spirit of a community can be present at certain favelas in Rio.  At Julio Otoni this has been one of the goals over the years of the Julio Otoni Community Center which many donors have supported through Global Giving.  The focus of the project has been to contribute to the development of  50 children which  we engage  in our after school programs but often we also create opportunities to benefit many more children and members of the community.
On December 18th we organized a Christmas party for the whole  Julio Otoni Favela. Children which attended the permanent programs at Julio Otoni helped creating the activities for the event.  There were games, food, gifts offered to the other members of the community. Indeed a healthy and auspicious atmosphere in the spirit of the culture our center  wants to propagate in every member of the community: be responsible for its own change.
In 2016 we will celebrate our tenth anniversary.  In these ten years the community center has become a reference point of positive transformation for the community.  We count that your support will continue. 
Dec 23, 2015

First Field Day for Assisted Natural Regeneration

Field day
Field day


In the month of December, we had our first exciting day in the field with our new and experimental reforestation project. In collaboration with Eco Atlantica, we are pioneering a new process called assisted natural regeneration. Instead of having to use thousands of dollars for expensive conservation practices that often fail, we are experimenting with a much more practical, scalable and natural approach. 

On December 15, the Eco Atlantica team took a field visit to SINAL for the first day of planting trees. The whole SINAL team participated… volunteers, staff, and local workers. One excellent benefit of assisted natural regeneration is that it does not require a complex methodology like many traditional reforestation practices, meaning it can provide ample job opportunities for local workers. One local youth from the town of Santo Antonio will be learning how to track and monitor the reforestation process. 

The day of the visit, hiking up and down the rugged hills of the SINAL property, the Eco Atlantica team showed which were the important species for reforestation that should be nurtured and protected, as well as which were key trees for planting. The theory of natural regeneration is to watch, observe and listen to nature — seeing how nature recovers and springs back and then creating a process that replicates this. We are excited that this project will the beginning of a long time recuperation of our land. 

Hiking up the hills
Hiking up the hills
Dec 15, 2015

The Adventure of Flavors Continues

Inaugurating the new garden
Inaugurating the new garden

The Aventura dos Sabores (Adventures of Flavors) continued in the months of October and November with great success and excitement at the school. After the missions phase of the project, in which the students researched the origins of their food and took visits to SINAL, they were able to apply the lessons in the "laboratory" and build the school's first garden. With the help of the SINAL team, the space behind the school was recuperated and the students spent a day transplanting the seedlings that they had planted at SINAL the month before. The math class was the lucky group to inaugurate the garden, so the math teacher had the students use the opportunity to measure and quantify the different amount of space needed between different types of plants (broccoli, collard greens, etc.) The class is now working to invent a practical irrigation system that will alleviate the burden of having to water the garden on a daily basis. 

In November, the last phase, the "celebration" occurred with a fun, healthy picnic where the kids learned to make a no-bake, all natural cake using almond sprouts and apples. The kids loved experimenting with the fresh fruits and discovering that healthy food can be delicious, too. SINAL brought a natural food activist that taught the kids the recipes and engaged them in a dialogue on freeing themselves from the processed food industry and reconnecting with local products. The following week, the students were able to showcase all they had learned at the year-end "Integral Fair" where students brough their own healthy foods and local recipes - such as banana peel cake, green juices, and jack fruit lasagna. It was wonderful to see the students becoming the teachers, as the Aventura dos Sabores students showed their peers the delicious but healthy and local recipes they had learned. 
The teachers involved in the project told the SINAL team that the Aventura dos Sabores reinvigorated and inspired them and their classes, giving them the energy and support they needed. The project will most likely be replicated in 2016 with other classes!
Planting the seedlings in the new garden
Planting the seedlings in the new garden

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