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Aug 14, 2017

Getting to know our community better

Beautiful forest fragment in private property
Beautiful forest fragment in private property

Hello, Dear friends of "Forest 4 Water"

The current  dry season has been surprisingly wet - it has rained every week- and though we all apreciate some unexpected water, a wet dry season unfortunately means less people bothering to plant trees for water conservation. Having this fact in mind, in order to meet our reforestation goals for 2017 - delivering 5000 seedlings - we decided to run an interview with 100 farmers in Belisário. 

In our visits, we've asked people how many springs they have in their properties, how many of them dried up, if they believed trees have any importance for water conservation, what kind of wild animals they usually see on their properties and, of course, if there was any part of their land where they'd appreciate having more trees. Our effort resulted in a list with 20 families for this years reforestation, and precious information we can work with. One of the best surprises was a farmer who asked us "at least" 1000 seedlings to help him  10 preservesprings. We could not be more happy to help!

The interviews were also a great chance to meet almost everybody who live in the rural communities closer to the State Park Serra do Brigadeiro, their ways of living, wisdom and challenges. Though only 20% of them told us they'd like to plant trees at the end of this year, most people demonstraded to be aware of the close relation between forests and water. We understand it usually takes some time between thinking and acting, specially when a decision is final like planting native trees, as the law forbids people to cut them down latter. It is a big commitment mainly for those who have small properties. The interviews were also a great  chance to tell people face to face that we are there for them. We made sure to let them now that one day,  if they need any assistance to improve or implement water conservation practices, they can always count on us. Now all we have to do is to keep up with the good work, and for that, we owe a lot to our donor and supporters, who keep our initiative running with their recurrring donations. 

Thanks to your support we know that, when people come to us, we'll be ready for them.

The Forest 4 Water Team

View to Belisario
View to Belisario
Local technology - irrigation system
Local technology - irrigation system
Rain clouds on the dry season
Rain clouds on the dry season

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Jul 26, 2017

Young EcoLeaders Report May to July 2017

Young EcoLeaders in the nursery of native trees
Young EcoLeaders in the nursery of native trees

Dear Iracambi Friends and Supporters!

Thanks to you, the Young EcoLeaders have started a new stage of discovering the mysteries and problems of our ecosystem!

This quarter these little thinkers were engaged in activities that expanded their perceptions about nature.

Beyond observing, they could touch the trees around them and found that each tree has its own texture, its scent and its secrets. So, the young could better understand why those trees should always be preserved.

Another unique experience was when they could see a new universe through their sense of touch and smell.

Then, the young made a fruit salad and discovered that nothing turns into rubbish - the seeds were planted and the peels became organic compost.  

But as life is not a bed of roses, they also visited a landfill, therefore, they tried to find out what was done with their town rubbish.  

So they realised that an action plan was essential for people to become aware of selective rubbish collection.

And the first step of the process was interviewing people involved in the subject. The result was a short documentary whose production is already an ongoing  process.  

The goal is to make it public soon so everyone knows the theme better, as well as free exhibitions at the schools themselves.

And this is only the beginning of the actions that these Young EcoLeaders intend to carry out throughout their lives, fulfilling the role of agents transforming the reality of their homes, school and community.     

So, dear supporters, it's been a joy to talk with you, and once again, a big thank you for being there for us.

Rainforest love to you, 

Marina and the Youngest EcoLeaders.  

Young EcoLeaders Monitoring the Forest
Young EcoLeaders Monitoring the Forest
Young EcoLeaders Visiting a Recycling Plant
Young EcoLeaders Visiting a Recycling Plant
Young EcoLeaders Recycling to Plant Trees
Young EcoLeaders Recycling to Plant Trees
May 17, 2017

May update!

Gui sharing his experience with local farmers
Gui sharing his experience with local farmers

Dear friends of Forest 4 Water!


Three months have passed since our last report, it's time for the updates!


At the end of March, we partnered with the municipality of Muriaé to organize an event dedicated to the theme of Sustainability. At the event, we had the chance to talk with small farmers, students, local media and community members (around 250 people in total) about water springs conservations and our Forest 4 Water project. In addition to learning and sharing our experience, the event was the perfect occasion to create new partnerships and secure transportation for seedlings for the next rain season.


At the beginning of May, we’ve finished the first round of water quality tests for all the main water bodies which compose the Rio Fumaça watershed – the basin where we are located and work. We believe that having information on the main characteristics of the water streams and pollutants that drain to our basin, will provide us a deeper understanding of the water issues which we are addressing. By breaking down the make-up of the water sources, we are able to better strategize and visualize possibilities we once ignored. In August, during the dry season, will begin our second and last round of tests.


Though May hasn’t ended, we are writing the final report for our partnership with Brazil Foundation. Their grant – which lasted for 12 months - enabled us to produce more seedlings, work with more families and hire specific staff for our initiative. To put it short and simple: we owe them a lot and are extremely grateful for their contribution. This is not farewell; they will always be part of our story - thanks to them we were selected for a partnership with BVSA, which will begin in 2018.

As we continue our mission to restore our water basin and support our local agriculture community, we need your assistance more than ever. We have a financing gap between July/2017 to February/2018. Although we have applied for short term grants, we are counting on our Global Giving donations to keep our nursery running. Month after month, your recurring donations tell us we are on the right track. We recognize and appreciate your support.


Words cannot express our gratitude,

Forest 4 Water Team

Everyone came for the event!
Everyone came for the event!
Beautiful hosts Faustino, Barbara, Caio & Lurdinha
Beautiful hosts Faustino, Barbara, Caio & Lurdinha
Agroecology students from Muriae
Agroecology students from Muriae

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