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.
Click here: https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/forests-4-water/
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!
Down in the Forest Something Stirred....
Remember that? Well, things are certainly stirring down in our forests. We've managed to secure fencing materials for the first farmers which are now in place, our tree seedlings are ready to go, each property has its individual plan so that we, (and the farmers) know exactly which species of tree to plant, in which soils and on which parts of the property.
Now all we have to do is wait for the rains. And they can't come soon enough! It's been terrifically hot here (as well as in many other parts of the world,) and we all breathed a collective sigh of relief when it dawned grey and damp yesterday. So if the promised storms really do arrive, then we can go ahead and get the planting going.
There are more exciting things in the pipeline too. Due to the success of this pilot project, we are planning to scale up. More farmers, more trees, more water. More impact on mitigating the effects of climate change. We have recently been included in a pilot scheme to plant trees for carbon offsets. Our nursery manager is hiring an assistant so that he can produce more tree seedlings. And so that we can download some of his encylopedic knowledge of all things tree related. Our students are helping make more seed tables.
So it's all good! And we couldn't do it without you, dear donors. Thank you for your support and stay tuned for the next instalment of the forest water project.
Rainforest best to you all,
Toni, Gui, and the forestry team
Greetings from the Young Eco-Leaders!
In this report we are going to tell you about three things. First, a big success. Second, a big opportunity. And third, what our Eco-Leaders have been doing since we last reported.
So here goes. 1. Our big success. Iracambi has just been declared joint winner of the prestigious Peer Award for Excellence in London! This award comes to us by courtesy of our fellow competitors - an impressive lineup of corporates and industry - in recognition of our excellent educational initiatives. Including, of course, our Young Eco-Leaders program.
2. Our big opportunity. Our wonderful partners in the Microsoft YouthSpark campaign (with Global Giving) have raised over $7.500,000 over the past three years for young people across the world, and are celebrating this by offering matching grants TODAY, Wednesday October 7th. Many of you have supported these matching donation days in the past and we'd love it if you could support us again. Here is how it works, and please donate if you can!
All tax-free donations to the US site https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/young-eco-leaders-of-the-brazilian-rainforest/ will be eligible for matching funding - what a painless way to stretch your charitable donation!
To attract matching funding, donations must be made between 1200 pm and 1159 pm Eastern Daylight Time on Wednesday October 7th and must be made either by Paypal or by using your own credit card. No, friends, your spouse's credit card won't cut it. It's all to do with avoiding fraud!
If you are donating from the UK site http://bit.ly/1HUJeIA the timing will be a little different - 5.00pm on Wednesday 7th October - 0459 am on Thursday 8th October - by which time we hope you will be tucked up in bed. Donations through the UK site may be made through Paypal, CAF Online, or your own credit or debit card. All donations to the UK site are eligible for Giftaid - just check the box to reclaim the Giftaid, and a additional 25% will be added to your donation!!
3. And now for the progress report. What, exactly, is your money supporting?
Kids' education - and by extension, outreach and knowledge-sharing among the community. Like you, we believe that every child has a part to play in helping to bring about the future we want, and it's our job as parents and educators to help them develop their potential. Our focus is on leadership and care for the earth, and we're happy to report that our young Eco-Leaders are rising to the challenge!
They are increasingly interested and involved in some of the important issues that face their communities, and face us all - how to ensure that clean water, clean air, and good fresh food are available to everyone. How to care for the forest, the soils and water, and how to live within the capacity of the earth.
They've lobbied the local water authority and got recycling bins so that the water supplies will no longer be contaminated by garbage. After planting and caring for forest trees, they've helped their families understand how trees protect and preserve our water resources. They've discovered that fencing wire is so expensive here that many farmers just can't afford to fence their animals out of the areas of newly planted trees, so they lobbied local government to donate fencing wire for areas of reforestation.
They've taken part in public hearings about mining, and are gaining a good understanding of the complex issues involved so that they can share their findings with their families. They've worked with organic farmers, and learned how to raise healthy fresh food without using chemicals, and this past weekend they were part of a community March for the Environment.
We're raising up a new generation of leaders - one young person at a time. Thank you for being there with us - we couldn't do it without you! Please donate today if you can!
with rainforest love,
Gui, Binka and the Young Ecoleaders