We do not have much to report, however we are thrilled to notice a perfect land for food-forest-playground has been identified for us, and we are currently seeking for ways to raise funds to secure this. This, as the title suggests, would be a practial learning platform in Nature, but also be a case study and example of agri-forests in Portugal, providigin an access for public to see how native, organically grown forests can provide food for famileis while teaching children through practical experience.
We woudl be delighted to secure this small land and start small activities there already in 2021.
If you can, pleas support our efforts though donations and following us.
Kind regards, Romi's Way Team
Oct 21, 2020
COVID-time report #3 with some progress
By Sari Bernardo - CEO
sorting out donated clothes in Azores Island
It seems ages ago when we were planning to conduct project activities without COVID restrictions and like for so many organisation, our activities came to halt for months.
We are, however very glad to report that the following actions toke place in the past 3 months:
- in August our big donation of collected clothing and essential items for young mothers and low-income familes in Azores Island, affected by the last year hurricane in the area were all delivered by our local partner Caritas Portugal. Feedback was excellent and these items really came handy. Thank you all who donate funds and items for this small project. - We also contracted a short term digital media support for few working days a month and a 10-day consultant to support us to connect with private sector actors to parner and support our efforts. For these we are hugely grateful for the small COVID assistance funds received directly from GlobalGiving.
As for other updates, we have developed a Romi's Way School concept and are under discussion for a pilot project in Portugal - land has been indentified to accommodate the project which requires a food-forest-playground land and area to accommodate mobile-classrooms. More about this if we get the funding through (fingers crossed everyone please!).
We are also developing a small cooperation with an internatioal food-forest orgnisation seeking ways to integrate greenareas as mandatory parts of educational spaces and school communities, as well as contributing to the need for childnre to learn about Nature, in Nature and with Nature - in otherwords, to connect the next generation back to the liivng environment.
A small concept promoting "Good Life for All' was created with a 1-minute mini video for social and digital media audience, and we have updated our website a little bit (ongoing process though).
Lastly, we are cooking a campaing to raise awarness for wellbeing issues of animals used in enterttainemt, sports and tourism industry by educating people on the natural needs of these species.
All these small efforts are contributing to our greater aim to bring balance between people (children), animals and the environment.
Time flies - although a bit slower and lower during the COVID19 impacted months. For Romi's Way this has been a quiet time where our team has not been able to bring actions forward for our projects. Only concrete thing to report is the online research done in search for a suitable land for the urban agri-forest in/ nearby Coimbra in Central Portugal and the research and professional knowledge sharing of our agri-forest experts on what to plant and what is the 'ideal land' for the project.
We are hoping to launch a fundraising campaign and release a concept paper to cover our 3-year plan for the agri-forest during this autumn, and until then the project is having a (productive?) beauty nap. We are keeping our fingers crossed that we can shortly return to normality to extend that allows our team (= core team + volunteers) and physically progress with next steps. Knowledge is there and once the access & funds are in place, we are ready to roll on and share the fruits with the rest of the world (well, maybe the actual fruits from the agri-forest are only shared locally).
Thank you for your support so far and thank you for any new donations also. Your support is always welcomed with huge gratitude that extends to your financial contribution but also to your interest to restore balance between people, animals and our beloved Nature. We need people like you.