Apr 19, 2021

Your Acts of Kindness at Work

Books Arriving for Sserinya Primary School
Books Arriving for Sserinya Primary School

This BBS project is all about the power of small dollar donor levels and the impact they make on non-profits and their constituents.  In this report, we’re pleased to share what we’ve been able to accomplish because of your shared belief in small acts of kindness.

The first update is regarding the delivery of books to a small primary school in a village in rural Uganda.  Gumdrop Books, a small education book publisher in Canada, kindly donated books to the Sserinya Primary School to support the children's English language education.  The books are a much-needed donation because of a lack of resources at the school and through the Small Acts of Kindness Fund, we were able to quickly get the books into the hands of the children!

Several donations have also been made for the NY DINA College's purchase of gardening tools for their vegetable gardens in Madagascar.  Having the proper tools made the planting process efficient and will make the on-going maintenance much easier.  These gardens are now providing nutritious lunches for the students, valuable skills development and are a new revenue stream for the school through the sale of surplus vegetables in the local markets.

Our third update is on the webinar series for the non-profits that BBS supports globally.  These non-profits identified their top professional and personal development needs and one of the topics consistently asked for was stress management techniques.  Like so many others, the global pandemic has seen many non-profits trying to do more with less funding, balancing multiple hats within the organisation plus in many cases being the only source of support in the small communities where they work.  To address this request, on February 25th a mindfulness webinar was facilitated by the firm Bearapy, who kindly donated their time, and our fund supported the technology cost for the platform used to deliver the session. The overall seminar feedback was excellent, and everyone found the tools and techniques practical and immediately applicable to their own situation.

Finally, several donations have been made for the Vale do Javari region of Brazil and the indigenous people that call that area home.  Unfortunately, the current COVID situation in Brazil means the teams must wait to return to the region but as soon as any timeline updates are available, we will communicate them immediately via a short project report.

In closing, we wish to say we’re truly grateful for the donations we've received and to be able to share how your support is having a huge impact on children, families and communities in some very remote regions of the world.

Thank you again!

The Mindfulness Webinar for Non-Profits
The Mindfulness Webinar for Non-Profits
Planting Fruit Trees at NY DINA in Madagascar
Planting Fruit Trees at NY DINA in Madagascar

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Apr 15, 2021

The Education Focus Ramps Up

Pre COVID photo of Ms. Cousteau in the Amazon
Pre COVID photo of Ms. Cousteau in the Amazon

As many of you may know, this project is led by world renowned environmentalist and filmmaker Ms. Céline Cousteau and we are pleased to share in this report the achievements made around two strategic objectives.

One of the key pillars for the Javari Impact Campaign that we introduced in our last update is education not only in the Vale do Javari but globally.  An important step forward with this pillar occurred earlier this year when Tribes on the Edge partnered with The College of William and Mary's Institute for Integrative Conservation (IIC) to create an educational curriculum inspired and informed by the film.

The curriculum is founded on project-based learning, visual storytelling, empathy to bridge cultural and learning gaps and deepening students' understanding of the interconnectedness of people and the environment.  One of the other key curriculum characteristics is that it is adaptable to different school grades and relevant to all age groups.

As part of this partnership on April 20 Ms. Cousteau will participate in William & Mary's Sustainability Symposium Event: Understanding our Interconnectedness. Here she will discuss her collaboration with Beto of the Marúbo tribe to share the story of the Indigenous communities of the Vale do Javari region of the Brazilian Amazon. Céline will share how she is using storytelling to document how health crises, human rights issues, and environmental degradation in the Brazilian Amazon are not only threatening the survival of Indigenous communities, but also the protection of the irreplaceable ecosystems that ensure our planet's resilience to climate change.

A second key milestone was achieved on February 2 when Tribes on the Edge was released on streaming platforms in the U.S. with the distributor Gravitas Ventures. Having the film available through iTunesAmazon, and other VOD platforms we believe will support awareness building to the current situation of the indigendous tribes in the Vale do Javari region and what it means for all of us.

As a final note, please know that the April 20th on-line event is open to the public to attend and you can learn more about the program and how to register by clicking here.

We are truly grateful for the continued support we receive for this project and we want to again say thank you for all of the encouragement.

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Mar 30, 2021

Work Accomplished!

The Transformed School Grounds
The Transformed School Grounds

In a little over one year, we've witnessed the transformation of the bare school grounds at NY DINA College into gardens that feed the students plus provide important skills training and a revenue stream for the school's operations through the sale of produce.

The rain was slow to come this growing season, but it did finally arrive so the collection wells for capturing the rainwater are now full and the plants are growing. 

In total, 275 trees have been planted with 50% fruit trees and 50% for soil protection and biomass, and the remaining designated school grounds are now growing a diverse range of vegetables.

While our project mission has been accomplished, the local agronomists are committed to continuing to follow up and support the health and growth of the gardens. They'll work with the students and school team through the various seasons to help them understand what is needed to prepare the soil for the next season as well as the importance of crop rotation and crop planning.

In addition, the local team will support the school to find a marketplace to sell the surplus produce. This new source of revenue is a huge step forward in being able to achieve their bigger goal of being self-sustaining.

While this is our last project report, individuals can keep updated on any news we receive from Madagascar through our Facebook page which can be viewed and followed by clicking here

On behalf of the team in Madagascar and NY DINA College, we want to thank all of donors for their contributions to this project.  We are truly grateful for the support received from around the world to help improve not only the lives of the students but their families and their community.

Thank you and our best wishes to all!

Distant View of NY DINA College
Distant View of NY DINA College
Garden View
Garden View
Final Garden View
Final Garden View
Pretty in Pink!
Pretty in Pink!

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