Dear Iracambistas, friends and supporters,
As people around the world gather to watch The Beautiful Game with its triumphs and heartbreaks, we'd like to remind you that, passionate as we are about soccer, there's more to Brazil than the World Cup! So here is a brief report from the Iracambi Rainforest Research Center, home to Junior Scientists@ Iracambi.
Our Junior Science project is thrilled to be a member of Microsoft’s Youthspark – a program that seeks to create opportunities for youth leadership across the world. And today, June 25th, is a very special day for Youthspark Partners. From 12:00 midday EST on June 25th to 11:59 am June 26th all donations to our project will be matched by Microsoft by 100%. So, regardless of who wins or loses in the World Cup today, your donation have twice the impact!
But first, we want to tell you, dear friends and supporters, that we really appreciate the way in which you have stood by us over the past year. Thanks to you we’ve inspired, educated and equipped dozens of Junior Scientists, and with your help we were able to buy the Kombi van which has allowed us to take our students to places where school bus drivers dare not go. On the last Microsoft Youthspark matching funds day your generosity enabled us to raise the money for a new server and a desktop computer to house our GIS mapping project. As we speak, the Iracambi GIS team is hard at work putting our data and maps on line. Which means that, for the first time ever, farmers and planners in this isolated rural area will have access to the information they need to be able to make the best possible use of their natural resources. Better care for the rainforest, more productive family farms, healthier communities.
In a couple of weeks when the next semester begins, our Junior Scientists will be heading for the Environmental Protection Areas to learn at first-hand how some of our organic farmers are reconciling forest protection with the production of healthy organic food. Since almost all the raw materials used in school meals comes from local farms, closer cooperation between Junior Scientists and family farmers benefits everyone! Together with the farmers our students will be creating and testing hypotheses, conducting practical applied experiments and analyzing the results. Junior Scientists will create their very own mini agro-ecology plot to restore forest cover and provide nutritious food for themselves and their families. And, since we want to give a voice to our local youth, we plan to involve them in the management councils of the Environmental Protection Areas, working alongside farm families and empowering one another to become proactive members of the community.
Thank you, dear donors, for supporting Iracambi’s Junior Scientists – together we’re raising a new generation of transformational leaders! Here’s the link to our project – would you consider sharing it on your networks? http://bit.ly/1m6l5jv
Iracambi, Microsoft and you, together we’re protecting the forests, supporting sustainable agriculture, and training young scientists to be the leaders of tomorrow. Pretty good deal, don’t you think? Or, as we say here in Brazil in the language of the World Cup - GOOOOOOOAL!
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