Dear Friends of Forest 4 Water,
We´ve finished 2015 having accomplished six reforestation efforts in our community. Reforestation took place on 5 properties owned by farming families as well as in a substance abuse rehabilitation center, planting more than 2 000 seedlings in total.
It is important to say that it was the first time an initiative like this happened in our area. For the first time an environmental organization not only donated native seedlings to the farmers, but also planned the reforestation efforts with them making sure the action was both good for farmers and the environment.
In our planting efforts, we made sure we involved all the international force present in Iracambi, and also the youth of our local community, such as students from the state school of Belisário as well as the Young Eco-Leaders group of Rosário da Limeira. This way, young people from all over the world showed local family farmers how important their land is for the conservation of the environment, and that they are willing to work with them side by side to recover and protect the Water and the Atlantic forest. Forests and water are not just goods that we share, but essential needs for a healthy and sustainable society, and we are all responsible for them.
The rainy season is almost over, and we have only one big reforestation of 500 seedlings to go. In the meanwhile we are contacting local family farmers and studying their land, so we can plan the reforestation efforts of the next rainy season. Things have worked pretty well for us, the community and our team are really excited with Forest 4 Water and we are sure we can double our reforestation capacity in 2016.
We owe all these great accomplishments to you, our dear friends and supporters, who believe in our initiative and help us keep up the good job. Our sincere, thank you, from the Forest 4 Water Team.
We wish you a happy and environmentally-friendly 2016! Gui, Toni, Fagner and all Forest 4 Water Team
Dear wonderful donors,
What a terrific year it has been down here in the rainforest and we want to let you know that things are going gangbusters, and we couldn't do it without you. So first of all, a big thank you to each one of you for being right behind us as we do what we can to get our local school kids excited about science! And secondly, GlobalGiving is giving out prizes the projects that raise the biggest number of regular donors. So if you'd consider becoming a regular donor that would be more than wonderful!
And now a quick overview of the year. We've had our ups and downs - days when the school bus didn't run and the kids missed out, days when our communications went down and things went wrong. But we're raising a new generation of young environmentalists who are becoming increasingly engaged in environmental activism, in getting their hands dirty, in visiting farms and planting trees, in understanding how forest cover restores water resources and how the carbon cycle operates. And that makes it all worth it!
Over the past few months our Eco Leaders took part in the fair of science and traditional knowledge, hiked through dense forest to the top of Itajuru mountain, and made visits to the recycling plant, the local hydro station and the water company. They were enthusiastic participants in a school-wide workshop on climate change, and also attended community meetings to discuss the environmental and social effects of bauxite mining.
And now we've stopped for the summer break and will be back on the job in a few weeks time. In the meantime we're raising a pair of baby toucans who fell out of their nest, so life goes on! Stay tuned for new developments, and thank you, thank you for your support!
rainforest best wishes for a wonderful holiday season,
Gui, Toni, Binka and the Eco Leaders
We’d like to send you a big thank you for supporting us so far, and share some exciting news: we are scaling up as promised!
This weekend Iracambi and the local school collaborated in the creation of the first Science Fair in nine years. Students presented models of erupting volcanos, water wheels and wind energy, they talked about environmental issues facing the community, and the winners of the Science Fair will be visiting Iracambi for a tour on Friday the 13th of November.
Our team had a stand with a variety of seedlings on display that were given away to farmers who agreed to have plots of their land surveyed for future reforestation. It was such a success with so much interest that we have decided to ramp up our reforestation efforts! This is a final report for ‘Water for the Atlantic Rainforest People’ but it is also the birth of ‘Forests 4 Water: Planting 10,000 trees in Brazil’. We are reorganizing, refocusing and reforesting.
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Your generous donations will be redirected towards this new project. We are expanding our forest nursery to produce more seedlings. We are assembling a forestry team to spread the word and plant the trees. We are being more strategic, using our Geographical Information System to survey each plot, and the forestry team is finding the right species to plant in the right location so that these trees have the highest effect on protecting our water sources. But this is just the beginning. We aim to increase our reforestation goal to 50,000 trees, and create a carbon sink to attack climate change at its root!
We invite you to join a dedicated group of concerned citizens and scientists taking action and supporting Forests 4 Water. Together we'll save rainforests, protect biodiversity and endangered species and combat global climate change. Thank you for supporting us!