From Rio to Newcastle

Rose completed her training with the Assumptions in London and is already servicing her new community in  Newcastle.

Rose and friends

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.

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Young farmers and micro projects

Pigs, sheep and fish are the livestock chosen by young farmers to help support their families.

New arrivals

New arrivals

 

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

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

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

 

 

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.

 

 

 

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Volunteer in Brazil and Favela Brass

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

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/

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