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Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children

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Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children
Graca de Deus community
Graca de Deus community

Graça de Deus is one of the dozen of ‘quilombola’ communities in Mirinzal, in the state of Maranhao. Quilombola people are descendants of slaves who escaped Brazil's plantations and fled deep into the Amazon rainforest for security and protection. Each quilombola community has different social and cultural characteristics, but all of them have a history of fight and resistance that is still strong in the hearts and minds of these people.

Vaga Lume is present in this community for 13 years now and its library is located on the only school of the community. Our volunteer, Karina Barbosa, shared with us her concern about the library location: “it is always changing its location, now it’s on the school, it used to be inside the church, on the house of a local, and many other places. Our dream is to have a specific headquarter to the library”. Taking into account the community wish and the importance of having a space of their own, a campaign was created by partner private school in the São Paulo – Vera Cruz - to raise funds to enable the construction of the library in Graça de Deus.

Now, with all the resources available and with a massive help from the community, the dream is finally coming true. The construction is at full speed. All the necessary material has been bought and during the weekends the community is building the library. The dream of so many children, teenagers and volunteers is closer to become real.

Local residents and labours starting the construct
Local residents and labours starting the construct

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Dona Franca right by my side
Dona Franca right by my side

We set off for a 4-hour trip from São Paulo to Manaus, in the state of Amazonas, where we took a boat in Rio Negro toward Barcelos for thirteen more hours. In Barcelos, we got a recreio, a regional type of boat, hung our hammocks and waited for seven more hours until we got to the Carvoeiro community. After more than eight hours travelling, we finally arrived at our destination at dawn. Francidalva dos Santos and Rosinaldo Magalhães’ family was waiting for us by the river’s edge, it is in their home that the Vaga Lume’s library is provisionally located.

In the past, the library was hosted in a house provided by the community. However, over the years, people who took care of the library were leaving the community to conquer other spaces. Toward this situation, Francidalva thought "We have an amazing collection of books and so many children. This library should get out of this place, otherwise the rain and the bugs in the region will deteriorate what we have conquered". That's how Mrs. França, as Francidalva is called, together with her husband, decided to take better care of the collection, having the library in the living room of her house provisionally.

A 33-year old indegenous woman, mother of two teenagers, student and aspiring teacher, Mrs. França was born in São Gabriel da Cachoeira, in the state of Amazonas, but lives in Carvoeiro for over 10 years. She saw in the library the opportunity to make children get in contact with books. From then on, every Saturday afternoon, together with her husband and daughters, Mrs. França take the books up to a stage in front of a football field and perform reading mediation to children. About 30 children attend the weekly mediations regularly on a community where thirty five families live in.

The community is renovating an abandoned house to host the new library’s headquarter. They are planning to transform the room into a Community Center by making a garden behind the room, with crafts classes and a space for study hall, which is a habit of the children of this community.

Mrs. França believes that, as long as they have children, books and community mobilization, she will keep believing in a better world. And Vaga Lume believes in a better world as long we have around more Mrs. Franças, spreading hope, power and stimulating reading to Amazon youngsters.

Translator: Luana Santos

Where we have the reading mediations
Where we have the reading mediations
Where the library is hosted temporarily
Where the library is hosted temporarily

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was created 70 years ago to promote peace, democracy and strengthen the common rights to all peoples and Nations.

In honor of the anniversary of this Declaration, the European Union Delegation in Brazil created the European Union Human Rights Award, aiming at identifying projects that work in the promotion of human rights. And, it is with great joy that we announce that Vaga Lume has received this award!

According to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, "everyone has the right to education” which means that everyone has the right to access education. Vaga Lume acts guaranteeing learning opportunities that will allow children, in contact with our community libraries, to have a fairer education later – starting from the base, during the early childhood years, through literacy and reading incentive. Receiving this recognition is another way to highlight our beliefs: access to reading though books contributes to the formation of a more conscious society able to fight to guarantee their rights.

As part of the award, Vaga Lume will participate in an event in Brussels, Belgium, that will bring together government officials and civil society related to activities in the field of human rights and education. Stay tuned to hear the news of this journey.

Thank you for joining us in this cause, this is also your prize!

 

Translator: Luana Santos

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In November, over the course of two weeks we visited 14communities in the municipalities of Santarém and Oriximiná in the state of Pará, just bordering the neighbouring state of Amazonas. These visits, by providing face-to-face contact and thus strengthening bonds between Vaga Lume and the communities, make up an essential part of the Expedition Program. In the communities of Atodi (in the municipality of Santarém) and Nossa Senhora da Piedade (Oriximiná), we held courses with the participation of the local community, training local volunteers and making preparations to set up a Vaga Lume library. In the other 12communities, we visited the already established libraries, bringing with us fresh stocks of new books. We engaged in games with the children and spoke to the community leaders about how the library is functioning, and how else Vaga Lume can help to promote a love of reading in the community.

Upon arrival at these communities, it was fantastic to see the enthusiasm with which the children embraced the new boxes of books. They loved not only to read them, but also to show them to their friends and read them aloud to each other. It was clear that the library was not merely a facility for the community to use, but rather an integrated part of the community itself. The communities themselves took ownership of the libraries and made them their own. As a result, the libraries possessed an atmosphere of warmth, comfort and liveliness.

It is clear that the libraries tie together communities, and that the community identity brings each library its own unique character. It was a pleasure to see the creativity with which the children had decorated their reading spaces. A place of calm, reflection and inspiration had been cultivated out of just a simple room. The two weeks we spent with these communities provided just a glimpse into the true benefit that these libraries bring not only to the children, but to everyone involved.

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Vaga Lume satff in front of the library
Vaga Lume satff in front of the library

In October we reinaugurated the headquarters of the Vaga Lume José Carmelo Mota Jr Library in the Céu community in Ilha do Marajó, located in the State of Pará. With the help of all the children in the community, we transformed a simple reading space into a magical place full of stories.

This transformation came to be thanks to the partnership between Vaga Lume and ImaginaC - a project that creates a connection between children and public spaces through art.

               "We need to listen to children, and at the same time relearn how to be a child: they have the power of transformation. Children are small in size, but giants in attitude who are able to humanize relations and places in which they live.” -- Nayana Brettas, founder of the ImaginaC project.

The children of the Céu community did exactly this: through paintings and decorations on the walls, they turned the library into a place full of meaning and dreams.

The most brilliant thing was that the children participated in the entire production process, from inventing the fantastic creatures to replicating them on the walls by painting them in bright colors. Each drawing has a special meaning and conveys precisely what is inside each child’s imagination.

What impressed us was not only how the library was just like the community but also how wonderful the teamwork was. All the children were engaged and the imagination of one child connected to that of another child to turn their dream into a reality! Now the library has become a point of reference in the region and reading mediations and other cultural activities happen there every day.

Drawing made by children
Drawing made by children
The children
The children's drawing on the wall
The library
The library

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Vaga Lume Association

Location: Sao Paulo - Brazil
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Lia Jamra
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil
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