My name is Joshua Niederman. I am an In the Field intern visiting GlobalGiving partner organizations in Brazil. Read here about my recent visit to "Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil"!
This project brings public schoolchildren to a beautiful private nature reserve outside of Valença, Rio de Janeiro state to appreciate the beauty of the environment and recognize the need to protect what is left of the Atlantic Rainforest. During my visit, I traveled with over 50 children from a rural school to visit the preserve. The children were full of joy to see trees that they had never seen before and to try delicious fruits like Caja-manga, a delicious fruit that is sweet and acidic, has a brilliant yellow pulp and is rich in nutrients.
Roberto, the director of the program, has many years of experience in environmental conservation and provided the children with great explanations about the various plants and trees in a way that they could easily understand. After visiting the preserve, I traveled to another community outside of Valença. There is very little for children in this rural community to do during the winter season when all of the schools are closed (July). I saw youth standing around or sitting in the streets. Some of the children there had visited the nature preserve in the past and seemed very moved by there experience. Many of the children I saw asked Roberto about when they could go back (see photos below).
Salveaserra is forming a partnership with members of this community and others to engage the children and adults to make and maintain community gardens as well as gardens for individual families. With this new addition to the project, communities surrounding Valenca can contribute to protecting the environment and producing fresh, healthy food. This will also give the children who participate in the Trees and Education project continuity in environmental activities.
The Mata Atlantica is a beautiful area of Brazil that is in danger of being completely destroyed. SALVEASERRA is working to protect this area of natural beauty, and appreciates your continued support in order to do this!
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Melissa and I and children outside of Valença