Piece of land occupied by future organic producers
Project update June 2011. "Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil"
Dear donors and project friends,
“Provide Vegetable Gardens for Families in Brazil” project goes on and advancing in its objectives, which are: 1. to offer help, assistance and some initial investment for the establishment of organic vegetable gardens or low cost tree nurseries for low income persons and families, and 2. through these actions and in association with the actions of our other GlobalGiving project: http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/protect-brazil-rainforest/, reach the communities of students and citizens we take to visit the Concordia Mountain Wildlife Sanctuary, through the “A Day in the Forest” ecological/educational guided trekking, and promote with them citizenship, the status of rights and duties of citizens, freedom of will and most important, help the community walk by itself and make their own projects. These projects are in Valença City in Rio de Janeiro State, Brazil.
As said in the last report, we started to work with a community called Cambota, a neighborhood of Valença and we are happy to say that there are already some fruits of this partnership, with the possibility of a new vegetable garden for a group of people and the chance SALVEASERRA had to bring 5 professional technical skills courses (masonry, electrician (two groups), placer of tiles and painter), with 25/30 places in each, to this community, where among other problems, unemployment and lack of qualification is a major concern.
One day I discovered on the city newspaper that the local office of the National Employment Service, which is very much concerned with the near to come 2014 Football World Cup in Brazil and the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and the immense amount of construction work to be done and the lack of specialized workers, was offering training courses to Valença City and unbelievably, having problems with the local Municipality to place them. As we always thought that the municipal public schools buildings that remain empty every night, during weekends and all 3 months of holidays, could be used permanently as bases of training centers for the development of the inhabitants of a neighborhood, we found this an opportunity and the next day went to see the director of the NES, when, beforehand we offered the Cambota schools and the Local Association headquarters to receive the courses and as practicing ground for students. The director was delighted with the possibility of finding a place for the courses and with the argument that it would be much easier to bring the teachers to the school than move students from this neighborhood, at night, to study in another place. The same day we presented the idea to the directors of the schools that accepted it and consented to proceed with the project. This way we could progress meeting all parts and arranging the details. Everything went well and these courses are happening at this moment at one of the school.
This unique event was a great gain for the Cambota communality that sent most of the students that totaled more than 90 in all 5 courses.Their new official course diploma will certainly facilitate finding a job and the school has two new painted classrooms and some electric repairs and two houses in the community received had some construction work done by students.
With this simple idea and punctual SALVEASERRA intervention everybody won.
You will see below a sequence of pictures of all this process, from the first meetings to the courses and practices.
From Joaquim, the school responsible in charge of opening the school and organizing the courses, we learned that 2 of his brothers, Gilberto and Natalet Dias and an associate, Teresinha, a few years ago used to have a large and productive vegetable garden, but due to a serious disease and the loss of the irrigation system pipes they used, (the owner removed them), stopped producing, but that now, they would be willing to receive some help to restart producing. We went to visit them, to analyze the terrain, their water availability and quality, their condition to produce organic vegetables under the general organic concepts. Everything was excellent, with the possibility of new producers of quality and quantity organic vegetables made real, we were ready to help with a new watering system and other small investments when we received the information that Gilberto was ill with a heart problem and would have to go to a hospital to get a Pacemaker. This made everything stop as the family is worried with this medical situation.
Unfortunately, because of his condition Gilberto cannot work at a vegetable garden anymore and the two remaining ladies are looking for another relative to come help them restart a vegetable garden. We are waiting the deployment of his situation.
Please see a series of photos of our visits to their land.
As most of the donations received until now were already spent in several initiatives, (see former updates) we almost don’t have any funds left. The donations obtained so far have reached $1,963.
There is no real problem because this project runs along the “Trees and Education Protect Rainforest in Brazil”, but I am sure that we could do well with your new donations that are converted into small investments that help us offer a chance of change to many families in Brazil. This change may represent an economical, social and environmental shift in their lives, preparing them to look for a better future in this so difficult and problematic world.
We really need your help and support,
Katya from SALVEASERRA expaining the project.
They are planning to plant here.
Inspecting their water source.
The first vegetable garden will be here.
SALVEASERRA team and teachers from local school.
All involved. NGO, Local residents, State, School.
Attentive students on medical care conference.
Second group of electrician students
We discussed how to deal with construction waste.
Group of painters.
Painter proud of her new equipment.
Masonry practical course. Scraping classroom walls
Electrician course. First course.
Pavement and wall tiles placing course practice.
Second electrician course.
Outside electrician practice.