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
Activity with mothers and children
Activity with mothers and children

In celebration of Mother’s Day, the residents of Quilombola São Pedro organized a special activity at the school. The students brought their mothers to the school and gave them projects based on their reading in the Vaga Lume library, explored the book collection together, and them read to each other.  The celebration was about more than just reading, it was also about family bond.

The Quilombola São Pedro is very engaged in the Vaga Lume Project, as with it’s own cultural identity. That is important, because quilombola communities are the descendants of slaves who escaped Brazil's plantations and fled deep into the Amazon rainforest for security and protection. São Pedro community also sent a representative to the Quilombola meeting in 2016. They usually organize regular story-telling sessions, have made their own artisanal books, and undertaking a range of other activities to preserve their culture and environment.

The Quilombola São Pedro Mother’s Day Celebration showed us once again that Vaga Lume has an important part to play in strengthening community ties.

Exploration of the book collection
Exploration of the book collection
Activity with mothers and children
Activity with mothers and children
Children presenting their work to the mothers
Children presenting their work to the mothers

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As a part of the Vaga Lume programs, Rede aims at promoting an intercultural dialogue between young people from communitarian libraries supported by Vaga Lume in the Amazon and young people from other regions of Brazil.

Throughout 2018, hundreds of adolescents will share their realities with their pairs, and that involves introducing their own communities, sharing curiosities, getting their hands dirty and lots, lots of interaction! The main idea is to bring both worlds closer together, broaden each other’s readings and make new friends.

This year, we are going to have six sharing pairs: the Escola Vera Cruz with the Comunidade Quilombola Graça de Deus from Mirinzal - MA; the Escola Santi with the Comunidade Campina from São Benedito - AP; the Associação Bem Comum with the Comunidade de Camanaus - AM; the Galpão Tide Setubal with the Comunidade de São Francisco from Santarém - PA; the Instituto Criança Cidadã – Circo Escola Cidade Seródio with the Comunidade Menino Deus from Portel - PA; the Colégio PH from Rio de Janeiro with the Comunidade Santa Rosa from Cruzeiro do Sul – AC.

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We began our trip in São Paulo (Brazil´s largest city), and flew to Manaus (the industrial capital of the Amazon).  From there, we took a two-hour flight to Carauari.  From Carauari we took a five-hour boat ride up the immense Juruá River to the poetically-named community of Nova Esperança (or “New Hope” in Portuguese).  We couldn´t have asked for a better reception.  We brought a box filled with brand new children´s books. The moment we opened the box, children began searching through the new books, and lined up to borrow them and bring their favorites home for a few days. 

Nova Esperança truly lives up to its name. People with a light in their eyes, children with love in their hearts and their actions.  They are the reason that all of us – the Vaga Lume education team and local volunteers – do this work.

While we were in the community we spent time with Luciene Lima da Silva, who learned read-a-loud techniques with Vaga Lume on a previous visit. She told us that our work together has been so powerful that there are five-year-olds in her community that have taught themselves to read!  She said they learned through constant contact with the books, with read-a-loud, and with the library space.

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Dear supporter, 

As you may imagine, since its foundation in 2001, Vaga Lume (Portuguese for firefly) has seen, listened, writen and experienced many Amazonian stories. They come from indigenous, riverside, roadside, quilombola and many other communities and cultures living in harmony in the region. 

Today we invited Joao, our 10-year-old poet to tell you one of these stories: the one of a tiny firefly that fell in love with a giant called Amazônia - it looks like Vaga Lume's real story?  

Check it out and enjoy your ride to this amazing world and its stories: Vaga Lume - 15 years

After that experience, please tell us what you thought about it.

Once again, thank you for supporting us and making those stories even more vivid everyday! We wish you an amazing New Year and that we keep changing Amazonian children lives through reading together in 2018!!!

Thank you,

Vaga Lume Team

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Participants at Villa Lobos Park
Participants at Villa Lobos Park

Dear supporter,

We are very happy to inform you we have managed to gather 48 volunteers from the Brazilian Legal Amazon in the 8º Vaga Lume Congress, held between August 27th and 30th in the city of Sao Paulo. Its main goal was to train them as multipliers of the methodology of reading mediation developed by the organization.

Among the volunteers, there were representatives of the Local Teams (responsible for the work in the urban area of the municipalities), representatives of the communities (responsible for the work in the countryside), as well as people with many years of Vaga Lume and others who have volunteered for less time, but are already developing significant reading projects in their regions.

In a four-day immersive experience, volunteers listened to lectures and participated in discussions about early childhood reading; child empowerment; evaluation and monitoring; planning; among others. In addition, more experienced volunteers could share their knowledge with the youngest in the “Mentor Walk” activity; and each group of representatives had access to the results of the evaluation of their community libraries and, therefore, was able to develop an action plan for each community/municipality for next year.

The Congresses are a fundamental part of Vaga Lume’s methodology once gather, with a certain periodicity, volunteers from different parts of the Amazon region that carry out similar reading projects in their realities. Thus, it is an enriching moment when they can exchange experiences, challenges and share alternative solutions. The volunteers, by becoming multipliers, consolidate strong networks that contribute to the development of their activities in their communities and encouraged them to put into practice the learning and alternatives brought from the event.

The 8º Vaga Lume Congress was a huge success! Check out the testimonials we heard from our volunteers, Evilásio and Janiléia:

- “When I took over the library in Cruzeiro do Sul, the children could not access the library by themselves, they needed their parents. Now the children have autonomy to use the library without their parents and the loans of books have increased a lot. We have to believe in the children!”. Evilásio, Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre.

- “Listening to other testimonials makes me feel like it has a part of me in every community”. Janiléia, Mirinzal, Maranhão.   

We have only managed to accomplish such moving results with your support! This is why we are here to thank you and to encourage you to keep following our work and sharing your thoughts and suggestions with us.

Thank you!

Vaga Lume Team

Dynamics
Dynamics
Battle cry of Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre
Battle cry of Cruzeiro do Sul, Acre
Cultural presentation from Maranhao
Cultural presentation from Maranhao
All participants of the 8 Vaga Lume Congress
All participants of the 8 Vaga Lume Congress
Group discussions about their community libraries
Group discussions about their community libraries
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