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.
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.
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.
Dona Vicencia of the rural women’s group in Cristina Castro is proud to show Rosalba how the micro loan provided by VinB is helping families to generate additional family incomes.
Old friends new projects
In the early 1990’s Rosalba and Dona Vicencia were instrumental in setting up the Rural Women’s Group in Cristino Castro.
The group continues to meet and support the concerns of rural women.
The group recently received a micro loan to help them to buy materials for their cottage industry producing handicrafts for sale in the local community.
The project is going so well that the group is repaying the loan with advanced repayments. Once repaid the monies will be used to support other families and communities.
Children from St Thomas’s Primary School in Garstang experience some of the customs, culture and challenges facing indigenous communities living in the Amazon Rain Forest at Lee House in the forest of Bowland.
Preparing for prayer
Living in harmony with nature and humanity is not easy when land grabbers and loggers see £’s and $’s where you see beauty, life and interdependence.
Standing up for your rights, resolving conflict without violence, living simply and giving thanks for the beauty, bounty and wonder of nature were just some of values experienced by the children of St Thomas’s Primary School.
The trustees wish all our partners and supporters a very happy and adventurous 2015.