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...
Sep 23, 2015

SINAL: a hub for innovative restoration practices

Identifying tree species
Identifying tree species

 

The SINAL team received exciting news in August when we found out we had been chosen as the site for an experimental restoration project as part of an initiative to find innovative and practical forms of reforestation in the Mata Atlântica. The project has various hubs throughout the state of Rio, testing different types of restoration. At SINAL, we will be experimenting with assisted natural regeneration, which is a method for accelerating the growth of young forests and grasslands that were once Mata Atlantica but have been deforested. An advantage to assisted natural regeneration, as compared to traditional reforestation projects, is that it is far more cost-effective and therefore scalable in the long-term. If the Mata Atlântica is to be saved, it cannot rely on just highly technical, resource-heavy projects. Assisted natural regeneration offers that possibility.

At the end of August, a team from Eco-Atlantica visited SINAL with a team of biologists and forest engineers to perform a diagnostic of our property. After measuring the density of tree species on a variety of areas at SINAL, they happily concluded that we would be an excellent fit for the experimental project. The team will return in October for the next day of fieldwork and to begin recuperating soil, planting specific and important tree species, and taking preventive measures against invasive grasses and other potent barriers to recuperation of the forest.

SINAL is thrilled to part of an innovative project such as this one, as it aligns with our goals to both continue our own work of reforesting the valley of Santo Antonio as well as to create new models of practical and scalable restoration. 

Sep 22, 2015

Local Food Adventure

Students visiting SINAL
Students visiting SINAL

In the months of August and September, SINAL has been developing a project on local food with the students of the neighboring Santo Antonio school - the initiative is called "Aventure of Tastes" (Aventura dos Sabores). The goal of the project is to create a replicable model for school interventions focused on teaching nutrition and empowering kids to value local, sustainable and healthy food. The project consists of the students completing several interactive and experimential "missions," participating in a laboratory where they will apply their learnings from the missions, and finally celebrating their experiences with a local food festival. The project has been a co-creation between the SINAL team, the students and teachers of the school, and the Brazilian organization Novos Urbanos.


The first mission for the students was to visit the markets and grocery stores in the town of Santo Antonio to interview the store owners about where their food comes from. Students took photos, videos, and wrote about their experiences using social media. Their second mission was to come to SINAL for a treasure hunt to learn about what can be grown locally in their town. It was a day of exploration for the kids to see what it looks like to produce healthy, organic fruits and vegetables. The students learned about the gardens, the worm compost, and the dry bathroom. They planted seeds in the plant nursery, sang songs about the forest, and matched seeds with their proper leaves and flowers. One SINAL volunteer recalls how excited the kids were to be able to explore the SINAL grounds, playing in the fresh air, surrouded by the lush forest and gardens, which is so different from their small classrooms. 


After the first stage of missions is finished, the SINAL team will work with the students to build a garden and compost in the school, as well as create recipes for the school lunches to use locally grown food. It has been an exciting past month and we are looking forward to continuing to work with the students and teachers, who have all been very enthusiastic and engaged through the process. 

The students planting seeds
The students planting seeds
Students visiting local producers
Students visiting local producers
Sep 22, 2015

Premier Skills - Footbal and English

children at julio otoni
children at julio otoni

The story of   football players born in Favelas  that have become famous represents a very strong symbol of social mobility in Brasil. Every poor kid leaving in a favela pursue this dream. This means that visiting a favela in every space possible you will find children playing.

At Julio Otoni Community Center we always search for partnerships that can provide sports for children. For many years we had capoeira and that was very popular. This years, through a partnership with the British Council, we have football. With the presence of a coach kids learn discipline, cooperation and responsibilities. They learn also to allow girls in equal conditions with the boys. 

British Counciul, which is popular for the teaching of English in Brasil, and accross the world, is also providing English classes which kids assist with interest considering that they want to travel abroad, especially to meet their friends, young foreigners that have worked as volunteers at Julio Otoni.  Through these two activities it is possible to teach people so many other things which are critical to their lives. 

 
   

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