Repaid in full!

Fabiana, Similde and family have repaid their micro loan and their project is thriving.

Similde & Fabiana

Similde & Fabiana

Just over two years ago Fabiana and Similde made use of a micro loan provided by St Mary’s Primary School in Chipping.

They invested their loan into an horticultural project. They now produce vegetables for their local market, local schools and the town market in Cristino Castro.

 

Their project has gone from strength to strength. The small loan provided by St Mary;s School gave Fabiana and Similde the opportunity to realize their goal. Now that the loan has been repaid another family will be provided with a similar opportunity.

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Indigenous leaders from Brazil visit Lee House

We are thrilled to welcome two special guests from Brazil to Lee House – CAFOD partners Davi Yanomami, and Mauricio Ye’kuana, from Hutukara Yanomami Association, Brazil will be with us on Saturday 27 September at Lee House, Chipping Road, Thornley, Preston PR3 2TB.

Davi Yanomami Kopenawa is President and Founder of CAFOD’s indigenous partner, Hutukara Yanomami Association (HAY), which was set up in 2004 in the state of Roraima, in the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. Hutukara has been a CAFOD partner since 2007 and works to protect Yanomami and Ye’kuana  indigenous rights to land, health, bi-lingual education and cultural preservation through campaigning, lobbying and community mobilisation activities.

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Davi is a world-renowned indigenous leader, and has won numerous national and international awards, for his efforts to protect the Yanomami and Ye’kuana people and the Amazon rainforest, including the UN Global 500 award for his contribution to the battle for environmental preservation.

Today Davi lives in his community Watoriki, (‘The Mountain of the Wind’), on the watershed of the Amazon and Orinoco rainforests. Despite Yanomami territory being legally demarcated in the state of Roraima, northern Brazil, in 1982, land invasions continue, such as illegal gold-miners and farmers, and communities are increasingly feeling the impacts of climate change, which are affecting their health, food security and environment.

mauricio-foto4Mauricio Tomé Rocha, known as Maurício Ye’kuana, is a 29 year old Ye’kuana Brazilian indigenous leader and activist. His community lives on the banks of a river also called Auaris, in the north west of the state of Roraima, Brazil.

Davi and Mauicio will be with us on the 27th Sept from 2pm with to 5pm.

Please join us for a fascinating afternoon in which we will explore our relations with nature and learn from Davi & Mauricio.

 

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Three Little Pigs

Maicon has started his pig rearing project!

Three Little Pigs

Three Little Pigs

You may remember that a few months ago the VinB trustees approved a micro loan for Maicon, a student at the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro, to start a small pig rearing venture.

Maicon watches over his pigs

Maicon watches over his pigs

The project is well underway. Maicon’s has constructed a pig sty, purchased his pigs and the pigs are now pregnant.

Maicon is expecting a litter of pigs to take his project to the next level.

It is always heart warming to see young people like Maicon who are really focused on living and working in their rural community rather than migrating to the big and overcrowded cities of Brazil.

Well done Maicon, we look forward to seeing the little ones in due course!

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