Grass fire at Boa Esperanca

If you flick back to the post ‘Ruminating’ you will see that there is plenty of grass for the cows which Miquel bought through the VinB micro finance scheme.

Since this photograph was taken a grass fire has destroyed the pasture, surrouding trees and damaged the newly errected fencing. In this instance the fire was started accidentally, but once started they can spread quickly and can have devestating effect on family resources; the difficulties of farming are cited as the main cause of the movement of people to the cities. In this case Miguel was fortunate in that he was able to rescue the cows and move them to other pasture.

During a recent vist to Brazil Joe visited Boa Esperanca with the ‘Going Global’ CAFOD/Global Link/VinB partnership  visit, and here you can see more images and hear Joe describe what he found.           

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Sister Regina

Sister Regina

Naval officer’s daughter,  past convent pupil and the present superior of the Assumption Convent are some of the highlights of the life Sister Regina recounted to me. Her unassuming presence and slight stature belies a powerful mix of   intellect, inner strength, compassion and a ‘make it happen’ approach.

This I deduced over a lunch time chat conversation during which I began to feel as though I had been asleep for much of my life. During our conversation I learned that together she  and Beth, also a past convent pupil, had conceived the ‘Living & Learning’ project in 1998. They ‘made it happen’ by converting the disused school annex into the current  place of hope and affirmation, to serve the children who live in the nearby favelas. They continue to ‘make it happen’ through the constant and never ending struggle to raise funding and resources.

I was once asked by a friend “who is there for Beth? and whilst at the project I had the opportunity to put this question to Beth,  and without hesitiation she said. “Sister Regina”. 

Another name for my list of heroes.

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