Provide Quality Education to 15000 Amazon Children

by Vaga Lume Association
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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
#AmazonRainforestDay
#AmazonRainforestDay

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.

Today, donate to our project and share this to a friend.

Thank you,

Vaga Lume team

@vagalumeamazonia


(source*https://imazon.org.br/en/imprensa/deforestation-in-the-brazilian-amazon-grows-29-in-2021-and-is-the-highest-in-the-last-14-years/)

#AmazonRainforestDay - Nurishing life
#AmazonRainforestDay - Nurishing life
#AmazonRainforestDay  - A place to play
#AmazonRainforestDay - A place to play
#AmazonRainforestDay  - A place to read
#AmazonRainforestDay - A place to read
#AmazonRainforestDay - A place of ancient cultures
#AmazonRainforestDay - A place of ancient cultures
#AmazonRainforestDay - A place to preserve
#AmazonRainforestDay - A place to preserve

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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!

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Reading mediation for a princess.
Reading mediation for a princess.

Dear Donors,

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!

Reading Mediation
Reading Mediation
Such a warmly momment.
Such a warmly momment.
Yes, we had hammocks!
Yes, we had hammocks!
Our big attraction @barbatuques (you will love it)
Our big attraction @barbatuques (you will love it)
A showcase of our libraries in Amazon.
A showcase of our libraries in Amazon.
Our libraries has early childhood furniture.
Our libraries has early childhood furniture.
Hanging the names of our new donors! Please donate
Hanging the names of our new donors! Please donate

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Institutional Relations team
Institutional Relations team

Dear Donors, 

We are able to help  and provide our kids in the communities a better education because of you, and also the support we receive from our volunteers — without both of you our work would not be possible. Our volunteers come from different walks of life and have their own reasons for wanting to help, ultimately sharing the same goal: promote reading and better education to kids in rural, remote areas of the Amazon. Here is a story shared by one of our international volunteers, Su, coming from China and doing an MBA in Germany.. 

Tell us about your experience with Vaga Lume in Brazil. What made you choose that specific project, and what is it like so far?

Brazil is a country that I have always wanted to visit after my volunteering experience in Venezuela. As a kid I was kind of a bookworm, so their mission to bring books to kids in rural remote areas of the Amazon excites me. 

A good book is like a good trip that can bring us a new perspective on life and be an inspiration for us, just like a firefly, the English meaning of Vaga-lume, which the organisation is named after. Alongside the mission, the project itself is also very attractive. My team works with fundraising, which is an essential part for any NGO. Specifically working with international fundraising, I’m putting to test my networking skills and business expertise.

Because of COVID-19, the team hasn’t been meeting in person for the past two years. To help me, my classmate and project colleague, integrate into the team, we started to have weekly meetings biweekly from the start of the project. We even had a team event where the whole team gathered to do a walking tour in downtown São Paulo. 

My team lead, Fernanda Prado, is an outstanding leader and a talented hairdresser. She knows where she wants the team to go, but she also gives us a lot of flexibility to discover what we can and want to do for the project. 

My other teammates are also super smart and fun to work with. Rafael Sasso, who has a very rich and interesting career path, always knows how to prioritise “the million” tasks he has on his plate while having the patience to answer all my questions. Felipe Cincinato is the creative mind in our team and is always passionate about new ideas and telling us all about his projects. 

Elisa Villaméa, freshly graduated from university, has already gained much experience in communication and partnership building during her internship with Vaga Lume.

 What are some of the things that you have learned since being involved with the project? 

The ability to network is very important. I’ve learned this in the MBA, but during the project, it has been reinforced even more. During the MBA I gradually built up my confidence and started to feel more and more comfortable. In the project there are many moments that I’m networking and I see myself doing so both intentionally and unintentionally.  

For example, to learn how to better use the resources on an international fundraising platform, I have joined an online networking event and have been talking with many other NGOs about their experiences, collecting learnings, tips, and struggles. I’ve also introduced a girl who works in a Ugandan NGO, that is also focused on children’s education, to one of my classmates who is currently doing RLF in Uganda.

Rather unintentionally, I convinced an alumnus to donate to support my project with Vaga Lume. We were having a virtual coffee talk to understand his post-MBA journey in Germany where I introduced him to the project, and it wasn’t my intention to achieve a donation in this talk but it naturally happened.

In the same sense, we invite you to donate and support Vaga Lume’s work in Amazon so we can keep empowering children and maximising their bright beautiful future. Donate now! =D

Hairdressing session with Fernanda
Hairdressing session with Fernanda
At Vaga Lume's HQs
At Vaga Lume's HQs

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Since 2001, Vaga Lume has donated more than 153 thousand books to community libraries spreaded throughout the Brazilian Amazon. This is a number that shows us that with the union of people who believe in social transformation through reading, it is possible to change realities and boost many dreams. Have you ever stopped to think about the impact that reading and mediation can cause?

  • Language Development: Reading provides an increase in the number of words a child knows, which is a key factor in their future success.
  • Brain Development: Reading mediation positively impacts children in the 0-6 age group, as it is a period critical for the development of language skills.
  • Skill Building: Reading aloud awakens the desire to learn to read and develops literacy skills without obligation.

That said, we will take this opportunity to tell you a little bit about our Early Childhood project, which seeks to deepen the methodology focused on reading in early childhood – a period in which the brain most needs stimuli, since 90% of brain connections are established by the age of 6 (UNICEF, 2006).

The investments for the project focus on:

  • Furniture kit suitable for Early Childhood
  • Collection with 90 books for each library
  • A Guide to Early Childhood
  • Recorded content for training mediators
  • 2 online course modules in 6 training meetings

Five communities chose to participate in this Early Childhood project:

  • Corre Água Community, Macapá (AP)
  • Menino Deus Community, Portel (PA)
  • Quilombola Community São Pedro, Castanhal (PA)
  • Sobradinho Community, Barreirinhas (MA)
  • Santo Isidoro Community, Tefé (AM)

"We believe that it is important for the child to have contact with reading, as it is the basis for the formation of the child's character, which from pregnancy to the family environment, makes the child receive emotional baggage from this period of development." Maria, a volunteer at the Sobradinho Community, in Barreirinhas (MA)

Your donation helps us to strengthen our 86 libraries, train reading mediators, promotes children development, cultural exchange and strengthen local culture. Donate and shine with Vaga Lume in Amazon.

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Vaga Lume Association

Location: Sao Paulo - Brazil
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Fernanda Prado
Sao Paulo, Sao Paulo Brazil
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