SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature

by Instituto Sinal do Vale
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SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature
SINAL for Children, Inspiring Love for Nature

Last year, we began a series of leadership workshops for youths in the periphery of Rio de Janeiro, in partnership with Active Citizens British Council. This month we began a new cycle training wonderful passionate leaders who work with vulnerable children. Through a series of games and challenges, we discussed the ideas of identity, dialogue and community dynamics to empower them to raise their voice and take actions in their communities to affect a positive change.

Taking advantage of the beautiful landscape surrounding SINAL, we integrated the characteristics of our spaces and the forest into the activities, believing that connecting with nature and feeling the calmness that it provides helped the participants to relax, feel more at home and in tune with each other. 

A big thank you to all our donors for helping us make events like this possible. Last year, our class of leaders ended up creating a project that impacted public policy in their community! we can't wait to see what this year will bring.

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Playing "hot potato" with an onion
Playing "hot potato" with an onion

Once a month until the end of the school year in december, we have been visiting the local public school of Hervalina Diniz to play a "gincana" with the children. Gincana is a brazilian term for a friendly competition that consists of creative games that score points across time until finally, the winning team gets a special prize.

In this case, we have developed a series of challenges for the kids to identify healthy food, how it is grown, and what could be done to grow it in a healthy way for the environment. The winning team will get the chance to go to a waterpark! 
The gincana was designed by Sinal staff and a nutricionist who specializes in teaching children healthy eating habits. 

The teams have been already divided into 3 big groups and the kids are very excited and participative - we are very happy and hope they will take this knowledge with them home to their families! this is an essential part of the success of the project.

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This week, the SINAL team together with a group of students from America painted a mural at the local school of Hervalina Diniz to inspire a love for their learning space, and for the Atlantic Forest that surrounds their community. 

The kids had an opportunity to learn about where the visiting students came from, how their hometown looks like, what types of food they eat, and even had an exchange of dance moves between America and Brazil!

During the painting sessions, the kids teamed up with the visiting students to paint endangered and notable animals they can find in the Atlantic Forest, such as jaguars, golden lion tamarins, sloths, etc. Here are some of the photos of the event.

Thank you for donating, we couldn't have organized this event without your help!

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Last year, SINAL began a partnership with the British Council through its Active Citizens program, a methodology designed to train young community leaders to approach subjects of identity, culture, dialogue and community, to empower them to take action improving their own communities. Since the last few months, we have received groups of passionate young leaders from different neighborhoods of the greater Baixada Fluminense area (the urban sprawl of Rio de Janeiro), which are characterized by precarious infrastructure, low-income and insecurity.

 Through the trainings, the youths designed their own projects which will have begun to be implemented and will continue in the next months with our accompaniment. Some of the projects are:

            Building a rain catching system for the local school to use in its organic garden beds project, (another one of our community projects). The kids will also build an exact scaled replica as the project moves along, as a special project in their Math class.

            Installing a series of recycling “eco-points” in the neighborhood of Santo Antonio, characterized by having one of the lowest waste-treatment infrastructures.

            The intervention of a garden in a local plaza, where a community event was held with capoeira and recycled art workshops for children. The goal was to clean an area that was full of garbage and was instead planted with crotolaria, a plant that attracts the dragonflies that eat mosquitoes that carry dengue fever.

 We will upload more photos of the projects as they unfold, for now, here are some of the photos from the project crotolaria!

 Thank you to all donors who helped us achieve this. It has truly been a journey seeing these kids grow more empowered, confident and responsible!

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the garden
the garden

As we wrap up the year, we want to look back on the many accomplishments that we - thanks to Global Giving's generous donors - have been able to achieve.

Starting in the beginning of the year, we continued our work to reform and revitalize the spaces of the school, that for years have been plagued with poor infrastructure. The area in which the garden now is was so poorly taken care of that the children could not even enter there. Therefore, our team wento to replace the floors, paint the walls, and make it safe for students to use. Then, our education coordinator, Luisa, continued the project "Aventura dos Sabores" with the creation of the garden and vertical garden using plastic bottles. Here is a video of the project:

In May, students from Canisius college worked side-by-side the Student Council students in order to build recycled funiture, paint designs on the walls, and improve the gardens. The SINAL team also built a "tool shed" for the students to keep their gardening tools inside. 

Throughout the rest of the year, Luisa and the SINAL team continued to work each week in the garden with the students. They did science experiments using plastic bottles, oxiginated water, and bio-fertilizers. The students also came to SINAL to plant trees and to learn how to do mosaic. They, together with other community members, made a mosaic that said "Everyone together" to put in the central plaza. 

The last few weeks they have focused on maintaining the garden and lots of games related to biology and healthy food.

We are looking forward to next year, where we plan to build a water catchment system together with the engineers without borders local group. 

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Instituto Sinal do Vale

Location: Rio de Janeiro, RJ - Brazil
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Thais Corral
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Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro Brazil
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