Just before Christmas Dave & Shelagh popped up to Newcastle to see Rosie
Dave & Shelagh were delighted to experience how well Rosie was speaking English and how well she has settled into life in the Pendower Project.
“It was great to see Rosie coping so well in her new environment, she was full of life and her English has developed so well since the last time we saw her in Rio” said Shelagh.
Margaret, Rosalba and Joe had visited Rosie in November and were equally thrilled by how well Rosie has taken to life in Newcastle.
Rosie’s coordinator informed us that Rosie was a fantastic volunteer who really gives of herself to the children and local community.
Well done Rosie.
We are all looking forward to receiving Rosie and her friend Patch in Chipping in the very near future.
The Agricultural College in Cristino Castro continues to serve local communities.
Fernanda, the college director, and Miguel, a long standing friend and partner of Volunteer in Brazil, are both dedicated to enabling the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro to serve young farmers and their families in the wider region of Cristino.
For decades families have left their small farms in the countryside and migrated to the big cities of Brazil because making a living on the land in the semi arid region is extremely difficult.
Fernanda & Miguel
The Agricultural College works with young farmers and their families to enable them to adapt and flourish in the environment and eco systems where they live.
Volunteer in Brazil has supported the College for many years and hopes to continue to support the vital services providing by the College for many years to come.
American percussionists Tyler Willoughby and Joe Howe from Southern Oregon University in the United States, currently in Rio performing and teaching at the Brazilian Music Conservatory, visited the project last week and decided to come back on Thursday, this time to help with some serious rhythm and snare drum training for our students. At the same time Brazilian professional trombonist Jonas Corrêa worked with our up and coming new crop of young trombone players, giving them a crucial orientation on basic trombone technique.
The aim for Favela Brass is to be a centre of excellence,not just providing kids with music lessons, but allowing them a chance to be guided by top-notch professional musicians right from the start. That is clearly what was happening on Thursday and we are extremely grateful to Joe, Jonas and Tyler for donating their time and talent so generously to helping our young musicians.
Rose completed her training with the Assumptions in London and is already servicing her new community in Newcastle.
Rose and friends
The geordei accent is proving to be a bit of a challenge for Rose but her personal warmth and dedication are communicating much more effectively than words.
Rose engages with adults, young people and children through arts, crafts and sports.
“I believe this will be the best experience in my life” says Rose.
We wish Rose every success in the coming year. The trustees are planning to go to see Rose in the next few weeks.
Pigs, sheep and fish are the livestock chosen by young farmers to help support their families.
Maicon’s micro project is now into its second year and he is delighted with his third litter of piglets.
Rogério and his new pig sty
Regeiro is in the first phase of his project having just built a new pig sty.
Elias signs his micro project agreement form
Just starting out on his sheep rearing project Elias signs the VinB micro project agreement form.
Noe’s fish farm
Noe’s fish farm is helping to supplement his family’s income.
Volunteer in Brazil continues to support young farmers in the semi arid regions of Cristino Castro, Santa Luz and Alvorado in the state of Piaui, North East Brazil.
VinB continues to support young people and families in the Santa Teresa district of Rio through the Favela Brass Project.
Brass instruments are extremely expensive to buy in Brazil and brass tuition is almost non-existent in Rio’s state school system. Net result: children in Rio’s low-income neighbourhoods rarely learn to play brass, which is a huge shame considering that music plays such a central role in the cultural and social life of the city. The Favela Brass project aims to change that situation for children in a small favela (slum) called Pereira da Silva.
Tom Ashe and the Favela Brass project
Each of the 30 local children enrolled in the project have free lessons three times a week in the house of British trumpet player and project founder Tom Ashe, located in the heart of the community. They also get to borrow brass instruments, nearly all donated by friends in the UK and USA, to practice on between lessons. The long-term aim of the project is to establish a new musical tradition that mixes New Orleans “Second Line” brass band music with Rio’s rich samba school tradition.
Check out the project at: http://www.favelabrass.org/
Maicon’s micro credit project is bearing fruit (well pigs)!!
Maicon is a student at the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro. His initial investment in building a pig sty and buying a couple of sows is paying off.
A growing litter
A second litter of piglets is welcomed into the the fold.
Maicon is also on schedule for repaying his micro credit loan.
Maicon is really pleased with the fruit of his labour and he is hoping to increase production in the coming months.
Oliveira visits Maicon on a regular basis to provide support and advice.
His mum and family help Maicon with the daily routine of feeding and caring for the growing litter.
Well done Maicon.
Maicon with his mum and the expanding pig sty.
We will follow Maicon’s project with great interest.
Maicon’s project is one of many small projects that Volunteer in Brazil supports.
We are always looking for more resources to help more families to invest in small income generating projects.
The Living and Learning Project finally closes its doors….
Hundreds of children and families from the communities of Santa Teresa, Rio de Janeiro, have been served by the Living and Learning Project. A dedicated team of staff as well as local and international volunteers gave their hearts and skills to serving young people and their families who are caught in the web of poverty and violence that scars the face of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.
Beth dedicated many years of her life to the project, it was her vision, her enthusiasm and commitment that enlivened, enriched and enthused all the staff and volunteers.
It was Beth’s dedication that captured the hearts of a group of international visitors in 2005 and that experience was instrumental in the formation of the charity Volunteer in Brazil.
Beth was the visionary and Monica was the bedrock of the project.
Coming herself from one of the local communities Monica knew at first hand the daily challenges of life in the favalas.
With a gentle but firm hand Monica helped steer the project through many difficult times.
The project has been a wonderful blessing to the local communities in Santa Teresa and many international volunteers have been blessed by the experience the project provided for them to live in solidarity with the people of Brazil.
A group of CAFOD Ambassadors ‘walked a mile’ in the shoes of an indigenous community ejected from their land by a logging company.
VinB trustees and supporters organised a simulation activity for CAFOD Ambassadors at Lee House. The simulation was based on the experience of indigenous communities living in the Amazon who face expulsion from their ancestral homelands by logging companies and land grabbers.
The simulation began with living the daily routines of the community, collecting fire wood, fetching water, making herbal medicine and shelters as well as entering into the ethos of a greater sense of connected-ness with all living beings.
The tranquility of oneness with nature was broken by the arrival of a logging company with documents that laid claim to vast areas of the forest. The felling of trees began as the community was ejected from the land. Imprisonment followed in the cold, dark cellar of the house. From the prison cell the community was marched to a court room where they defended their right to live in the disputed area of the rain forest.
“A truly transformative experience – thank you so much; Thanks for a fantastic experience;Thanks for an eye opening experience; Thank you for such a worthwhile and incredible; experience; Thank you so much for having us and giving us a very thought provoking personal experience; Thank you so much. It has been a heartfelt experience”
Just some of the comments received from the Ambassadors.