Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest

by Iracambi
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Young EcoLeaders of the Brazilian Rainforest
Valdeli in the forest
Valdeli in the forest

Good morning, dear donors!  

If you ever wonder what happens to the young people who pass through our program, today we have a quick vignette from the field, to show you just one of the hundreds of examples of students who had their first taste of science at Iracambi, and are successfully pursuing their careers in differing fields. 

This is Valdinei. He comes from thej small village of Belisario, and he was one of those kids with big ambitions. He wanted to find a vocation that would make him feel like he was contributing towards the good of society. He wanted to get married and raise a family. He wanted more.

Valdinei was always curious. He once told us that the reason he never missed a class at Iracambi was because we told him that scientists always ask questions. (And he added that he well remembered his parents, in exasperation, begging his four year old self to stop bothering them with so many questions!)

Does that sound familiar?

Valdinei was a regular at our classes, and he also took every opportunity to come over during his free time and ask even more questions. 

A few months ago we were in the local hospital for some minor emergency when a masked figure in scrubs came running up to us. 

"Don't you recognize me?" he demanded. "I'm Valdinei!"

"And I want to send love to everyone at Iracambi, and tell them how fondly I remember the old days with you all in the forest. I'll never forget how much I used to look forward to coming to Iracambi."

These days Valdinei is a nurse. He recently married, and lives near the hospital in the nearest town, around forty five kilometers from Iracambi. 

Thanks to your support, dear readers, Valdinei is well on his way to acheiving his ambitions. 

And he is still asking questions! 

We thought you'd like to know. 

with love and appreciation from the Iracambi educators. 

Valdinei's village - Belisario
Valdinei's village - Belisario
The hospital where Valdinei works
The hospital where Valdinei works
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Hello there, dear environmentalists’ friends!

 

We have exciting news for you: Iracambi is on the short list of the European Outdoor Conservation Association (EOCA), an organization that promotes the protection, conservation and restoration of threatened wild landscapes and habitats.

 

There are only 5 projects running for this category and if we are one of the most voted projects, we will receive financial support from EOCA to continue with our reforestation work which will allow the rainforests on the region of Serra do Brigadeiro State Park -home to one of the largest populations of endangered Woolly Spider Monkey - to be maintained and will hopefully increase the presence of the species in the region.

 

But we only have less than ONE WEEK LEFT to vote for the project!

 

And it’s quite easy to help us: all you have to do is select the "Vote Now" button in the project "The Woolly Spider Monkey Forest, Brazil" and click on "Cast Your Vote"!

 

Ta-daaaam, your vote will be computed and you can also share the link with your friends, asking them to also vote for us!

 

Check the link: www.eocaconservation.org/project-voting-category.cfm?catid=5

 

 

PS: We count on you to help us by voting!

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Dear environmentalist friends!

As you all can see, we’ve been recharging our batteries for a while, so we can start the academic year on top form with with our online classes – and now with the visits of the guardians of the forest, also known as the kids!

We have so much prepared for this year and we’re beginning with them, the leaders of tomorrow, aiming to inspire them at a young age through teaching and showing the value of nature - not just for its beauty, but for the opportunities it can bring – so they can help us campaign for its protection.

And is there a better way to engage them than involving them in an Easter Egg hunt? Seeing how happy they were, we guess not!

Once the children return home, many of them talk to their families, sharing what they have learnt, and passing the word to other people, – so that ever more people will become aware of the importance of saving the environment!

Through these experiences we ae planting the seeds of awareness at an early age. But our job is to nurture them as the children grow, and raise a new generation that can spread awareness and education on the benefits of protecting the rainforest.

So, we just want to say a big THANK YOU for being part of it. We hope that you feel inspired, just as our kids were seeing the wonders of nature!

With shining eyes, Eduardo, Juliana and the Iracambi team!

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Hey there fellow environmentalist friend!

If you're receiving this e-mail, you have a special place in our hearts (and minds), since you dreamed with us, believed with us and already contributed to our cause of creating a new generation of leaders passionate about the environment and ready to save the world and we want to thank you so much for all your help!

We firmly believe that we can change lives through education, 'cause it can be a key player when it comes to tackling the "unknowns" of the world and mitigating the lack of knowledge.

And now we want to invite you to a special event that is going to happen on the beginning of April!

You may be familiar with the famous Berlin Wall, a concrete barrier that divided the city of Berlin for 28 years, not only physically but also ideologically, in what was once known as West Berlin and East Berlin. Nowadays, you can find the wall covered with arts works and quotes from artists all over the world.

And there we can find a beautiful sentence that says “many small people, in many small places, do many small things, that can alter the face of the world”.

We believe that this quote meets the principle of the GlobalGiving's Little by Little campaign, that presupposes that every action, even if we think it’s a small one, can contribute to big change!

So, you must be wondering, what is this campaign all about?

GlobalGiving is matching online donations up to $50 at 50% for five straight days!

Our target is to raise funds for one of our most beloved projects called “Young Eco Leaders of the Brazilian Rainforest” that wants to raise a generation of young people passionate to solve the problems that we face today when it comes to the environment.

We also can say that the balance and future of the planet depends on the preservation of the environment, as well as to have solidarity with the future generations that will inhabit planet Earth, their heritage.

And how can YOU help?

 We count on you to help us raise $7500 by making a donation up to $50 beginning on Monday, 4th of April, until Friday, 8th of April.

And if you can’t help with a donation, spread the word to your friends and families to also help us!

 

Let's make the future bright together! 

 

With warm hugs from Juliana and the rainforesters. 

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To our incredible donors,

We simply have to tell you about the last two courses of education through the arts held by our incredible teachers who are amazing! And because they were a big hit with our audience, we´ll also be offering two more workshops in April for graduates of our program.

The current course started on March 10th and will be taking place during this month. But we’re here to also give you a sneak peak of what we will publish in our blog over the next few days: some testimonials from our alumni!

We are also proud to say that soon enough, in addition to our online courses, we will welcome an additional environmental educator to work with the local schools, and we will be back with some exciting news about what we are planning!

So, stay tuned!

With lots of love, from Yasmin and the rainforest team.

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Location: Rosario da Limeira, MG - Brazil
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