Good morning, dear friends and supporters!
We wanted to send a big thank you and update to all of you who over the past months and years have helped to support our Junior Scientists @ Iracambi, as they equip themselves to learn about and care for the wonderful biodiversity of the rainforest.
The new semester is well under way and our teacher Diogo has his hands full with fifty Junior Scientists who can’t wait to get out of the classroom and into the field to collect data on weather, tree seedlings, soils and water and get themselves in shape for working on their very own conservation project in the Environmental Protection Areas. And thanks to our lovely Kombi van, bought with the help of friends, donors and Iracambistas worldwide, we no longer have to rely on the school bus drivers who can be temperamental when the roads are muddy!
But wouldn’t you know it, at the very moment that our Junior Scientists are collecting data to feed into the Iracambi Geographical Information System, the server which oversees all the data on our computer network is beginning to show serious signs of age! The server and the dedicated GIS computer are crucial elements in storing the data which is then transformed by our GIS specialists into maps which can be used by the local community to help in conservation planning, both in the Environmental Protection Areas and beyond.
However, the good news is that the Junior Science program has been adopted by Microsoft as part of their YouthSpark program which is aimed at equipping young people with the skills they need to enter the workplace. Plus there will be a lightning 24 hour funding campaign on April 16th beginning at midday EST, during which time Microsoft will match every donation by 50% - as long as funds last. As if that wasn’t enough, they're going to award a $10,000 prize to the organization that receives the highest number of donations! So please ask your friends, family, boss, neighbors, and every good looking stranger you meet to chip in. Every dollar counts, and each individual donation gets us nearer to winning the $10,000 prize for the most popular supported cause.
As you may suppose, Iracambi’s communications coordinator Guilherme is hard at work contacting friends and supporters across the world, and if you could help out on that day he would be a happy man! He has set himself the goal of raising $8000 to enable us to buy both a new server and a new desktop computer to store our GIS data. Donations should be made by credit card or Paypal, and in order to qualify for the 50% counterpart, they have to hit the site between 1200 midday EST on 16th April and 1200 midday EST on the 17th.
How about that for an easy way to grow your donation?! Please consider helping if you can. Any donation of any size is welcome!
Thanks so much for your help, and rainforest hugs,
Guilherme, Diogo and all the Junior Scientists
Dear supporters and friends across the world
This is turning out to be a great week! And we'd love to ask you to make it even greater. Read on....
First of all, the Iracambi Kombi van has arrived. This was bought with donations raised in ourSeptember fundraiser, in the course of which our gallant band of Rainforest Heroes went without birthday presents, and went down on their knees to friends and family in order to raise the funds we needed. In fact Iracambi was narrowly pushed into second place in the funding competition by another GlobalGiving organization, but we qualified for bonus funding anyway.
So, at last, we have our own transport and will no longer have to depend on the good graces and good organization of the local school bus. The first team of Junior Scientists arrives tomorrow to start the academic year, and already we are getting complaints from other would-be Junior Scientistswho didn't manage to get through the selection process. We'll do our best to accommodate them next semester.
So what's all this about the humming bird? Well, CA Technologies from New York has selected four GlobalGiving partner organizations that work in science education to share in their fiftieth birthday celebration. Here's how it works. For every one who follows this link http://bit.ly/1ary2Um and selects an organization, they are making a donation. This week, March 9 -14 each donation is worth $50. So far, Iracambi has managed to get 47% of all the donations, and it's all thanks to our supporters like you.
Could there be an easier way for you to help our work in the rainforest? It's as easy as 1,2,3. Please click for us, share us with your networks, and help the Iracambi humming bird fill up that pot of gold. Thank you so much!
And we'll report back soon on the result of the funding drive, and of course we'll tell you how our Junior Scientists are doing!
Robin, Binka, Toni, Leandro and all the Junior Scientists
Junior Scientists has been selected by CA Technologies from New York City as one of the four projects they are supporting to celebrate their 50th anniversary. How exciting is that?!
So it's easier than ever to support Junior Scientists. Three clicks and it's done! Just follow the link http://www.ca.com/us/lpg/mainframe/mainframe-50/giving.aspx, select Iracambi, go down the page, hit the like button, hit submit and CA Technologies will donate $1 for our Junior Scientists. And better still, you can do it every day.
And in case you are wondering what our Junior Scientists are up to.... well, this past weekend they helped plant nearly 400 trees on the new Graminha Forest Reserve. And they are planning to plant more next weekend. This is all part of taking their practical skills into the field in preparation for going into the environmental preservation areas and working with the local community to preserve streams and springs and prevent erosion through planting and caring for forest seedlings. We were extraordinarily lucky in the weather - it had been very hot and dry for the previous ten days, and there was a violent thunderstorm the day before which flooded the valley, knocked out the power, and burned out the radios that bring us the internet. The track up to the planting site is steep and muddy, but luckily the Junior Scientists were to hand to push when the Iracambi Land Rover got stuck!
We'll send you an update when school starts again next month, and in the meantime if you could help us with three clicks (and if you could do it every day) we'll be overjoyed!