Vaga Lume was one of the winning organizations in the first edition of the United Earth Amazônia Award, a prize created by Marcus Nobel that follows the same selection and evaluation criteria as the Nobel Prize.
We won in the ESG category, that represents the concern of organizations to act with respect to environmental, social and corporate governance issues.
Lorena Nery, who works as a volunteer in the state of Amazonas, participated in the ceremony, representing all Vaga Lume’s volunteers and donors.
"It is a great joy to know that Vaga Lume won this award. We are aware of the individual and collective efforts to build a quality education through literacy. And knowing that recognition has come, is of extreme happiness", (Lorena Nery).
It is very important to us at Vaga Lume to share this news with you, since our achievements are only possible because of your engagement and care.
Thank you for your contribution in promoting access to reading and education in communities in the Amazon.
About United Earth
United Earth is an international organization that recognizes and promotes environmental leadership and humanitarian excellence around the world. It is chaired by Marcus Nobel, a descendant of Alfred Nobel, and focuses global efforts, resources and programs on an unprecedented challenge: uniting the peoples and nations of the Earth in building a collective and sustainable future.
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Throughout 2022 we had the opportunity to accomplish many challenges, we celebrated our 20th anniversary, reopened new libraries, held meetings with volunteers, systematized the Journey of Libraries, developed the POMAR platform, and won the award for Best Education NGO in Brazil.
Before we say goodbye to 2022, we want to share with you some of these achievements (see photos below) that were only possible because of the commitment of volunteers, technical staff, partners and donors, like you.
Thank you very much for your support. Together we build brighter futures for children and young people in the Amazon.
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It's Amazon day today and maybe you don't know the importance that the region to your life, even if you don't live here.
The Brazilian Legal Amazon has the greatest biodiversity in the world and is the largest freshwater reserve of the planet.
The Amazon rainforest has lost more than 10,000 km²* of native forest in 2021, which is more or less equivalent to the size of Jamaica, or Lebanon. This is the highest volume of deforestation in the last decade.
Deforestation in the Amazon rainforest represents the loss of biodiversity and threatens the survival of traditional people and communities.
Also, on a large scale, deforestation alters the rainfall regime and contributes to global warming affecting your life, no matter where you are.
Vaga Lume is present in 86 communities in all states of the Legal Amazon with community libraries that provide access to reading. 39% of these communities are in environmental preservation areas.
One of the pillars of our work is to preserve the local culture of these communities, valuing Amazonian identities as a way of strengthening the region and preserving its natural resources.
Engage to support Amazon rainforest and its people, the true guardians of the forest.
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Vaga Lume team
T for Transparency! Check our full 2021 Activity Report.
In 2021 Vaga Lume has completed 20 years of existence. Our mission is to empower young people in rural communities in the Amazon by promoting reading and the management of community libraries as spaces to share knowledge.
In this report, you will learn about our achievements in 2021, and there are many. After all, we do not work alone; we count on our partners, our network of volunteers and, of course, our donors, just like you!
In this activity report you will also find information about us; our highlighted actions; our financial statements for the period, challenges for the future, partnerships and much more, all of which are designed with beautiful colors and graphs, and depicted with beautiful images of the project in Amazon.
We proudly invite you to download our 2021 Activity Book attached in this report, and, if you please, you can also access previous reports at our transparency page on our website: https://vagalume.org.br/en/transparency/
Download it, enjoy it and donate to support us to keep delivering books and dreams to children on Amazon!
Last month on a beautiful Saturday morning, we organized “Caldos e contos” in a library garden in São Paulo. We showcased exactly how our libraries are set up and also the reading mediation that is part of our interaction with the communities.
“Caldos e contos” translates to “Soup and Stories”. This was the 4th edition of the event which started by being held in winter with the soup warming the bodies and the stories for the soul. This time there was no soup, as the sun did that part, but there was no lack of great moments and stories. It was a lovely morning with fantastic beings - dogs, cats and birds included - with breakfast, reading mediation, interactive music workshop and a lot of joy in between.
In total 135 adults, and more than 100 kids were present. This event has the objective to help us acquire new recurrent donors to help Vaga Lume’s operational sustainability in the Amazon. We got to share what we do, how we do it and why we do it. Enjoy the pictures below, they are only a part of it but convey the friendly and vivid atmosphere created by the work of our fantastic team and volunteers.
If you like it and believe that books, stories and reading mediation can transform children's lives, please make a donation to help Vaga Lume to shine even brighter on Amazon!
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