By Johanna Barba - Julio Otoni Community Center Team
As cestas prontas para entrega
The economic consequences of the pandemic have been felt worldwide, but in the case of Brazil just like other third world countries, it has been hitting hardest in marginalized communities such as favelas. The nature of the favela itself makes it very difficult to maintain a healthy social distance, adding the fact that its inhabitants cannot stop working and receiving a salary to feed their families.
To respond to the crisis, our Community Center has become a Market Basket hub where we receive donations, buy and prepare basic food and hygene baskets and distribute them to families in the community. Our close relationship with the community has helped us greatly in organizing and meeting as best we can the needs of the favela.
We are very grateful for our donors' support and kindly ask that you continue to help us if it is whithin your possibilities, so we can overcome this crisis together!
The Julio Otoni Community Center team
Handing out baskets
Jul 1, 2020
Fire at SINAL
By Johanna Barba - Sinal do Vale team
The fire brigade
Last week there was a terrible accident when one of SINAL's areas in process of regeneration caught fire. It is the dry peak of the season, and the strong winds quickly spread it to 2 hectares of land.
The accident happened on the day of Saint John (festa de São João), a very popular festivity in Brazil to celebrate the coming rains and hope for favorable conditions for the crop growing season. To celebrate, people release a type of small hot air balloons that are very dangerous because they tend to cause fires. We still do not know the exact cause of the fire, but the authorities believe it was most likely one of those balloons.
Luckily, the fire brigade responded quickly and, together with the SINAL team, put out the fire in two days. Although we are very sad this happened, we have been taking this opportunity to inform community members of the perils of celebrating with balloons, and we are also eager to start regenerating the land!
We want to extend a big thank you to our donors who support, helping us get the right equipment, keep monitoring measures in place, and continue reforesting our property - If you would like to help us, we could really use your support to act now!
With sincere gratitude,
Jun 17, 2020
Rise and Shine! a video blog project
By Johanna Barba - Sinal do Vale Team
The Rise and Shine home page
The pandemic has certainly brought about a climate of uncertainty and some immediate changes for us. Although we have continued to plant trees and take care of our soil regeneration areas, we have suspended our environmental education and reforestation activities with groups of students for the time being.
We miss our group visits. We thrive on the energy of awe and lightness we share with our groups. Luckily, we are very happy to report we have come up with a creative way to keep up our conversation with the world out there! Together with two teachers from the American School of Rio de Janeiro, we developed Rise and Shine, a platform to explore aspects of living sustainably and some fun facts about farm life! through video blogs about the SINAL every day dynamics, live sessions with grade school students, and interactive games, we are offering a window to the outdoors, reminiding our young friends sustainability can be fun and creative!
Please check it out at https://sites.google.com/earj.com.br/rise-and-shine/start?authuser=0 or in the link shared below to see what we have been up to!
A big thank you to our donors, especially in this difficult time - words can't express the literal and moral support you are giving us to continue our work. We hope you like navigating the platform as much as we have enjoyed creating it!