October 12th is Children's Day in Brazil, and as every year since SINAL's inception, we will host children from the local community as well as from the Julio Otoni Community Center, a partner organization in a favela in Rio. This coming Friday 11th, we will receive 30 children and are preparing the environmental learning journey! including an educational trail to a spring, a home-sourced desserts workshop with our ecochef, and a wildlife animal protection activity with a partner biodiversity protection NGO!
As we have had presence for 8 years in the valley, we and our partners have been able to see several indicators of biodiversity coming back. We are very happy and conscious that it is now time to double our efforts offering a safe, fun and educational approach to nature to the children that we hope will grow up to be its stewards.
We will post photos and videos of the event, so stay tuned to our social media @sinaldovale! In the meantime, we cannot be more grateful for the support of our donors, you continue to enable us to show in a fun way, how it is important to care for nature as she cares for us!
Here is a photo of a previous learning journey with our friend Recyclon!
Oct 3, 2019
By Johanna Barba - Sinal do Vale team
Smokey and Calu
Smokey is by far one of the friendliest, loving cats of SINAL. She has built up her own fame since her hangout spot is by the main entrance, and she immediately approaches people when they pass by, looking for some love. She is our greeter!
If you want to concentrate on work, it is better to keep away from her, or she will climb on top of you and purr and rub against you until you stop what you are doing and pet her - She is so furry it is quite the temptation to give in and take a 5 minute break to play with her.
As opposed to many other cats, Smokey was born here when her mother arrived here pregnant. She was brought up here and neutered with her siblings. Because she grew up here, she has always been very well integrated with her surroundings and the rest of the multi-species community, as seen pictured here with her friend Calu in the background!
A big thank you to our donors that help us keep Smokey and her friends healthy, safe and happy. Stay toon for more stories about the cats in our community!
Sep 16, 2019
"Arraia" Season at Julio Otoni
By Johanna Barba - Julio Otoni Community Center Team
Every year around mid-june to mid-august in Brazil is arraial season – a period of festivities that celebrate Brazilian northeastern culture. Originally, the inhabitants of the country side would begin ceremonies for the upcoming planting season, praying for rain and a good harvest year with bonfires, music, games and typical dishes made of corn from that year’s harvest.
Today, no whether you live in the countryside or the cities, arraial celebrations are hosted in schools, churches and neighborhoods across the country. Our community center was no exception and like every year, we gathered at Julio Otoni to host our very own arraial.
We hung up traditional decorations, played quadrilha traditional music, had typical snacks and played games all afternoon! Check out some highlights of the Julio Otoni Arraial – a sincere thank you to our donors who help us keep our Community Center vibrant with the right dose of education and fun!