A quick up date from Tom

 

Friday, 22 January 2016

Thank you to Alison Hawthorne, Vivace Strings and Solihull Music Service

It has been said before and it needs saying again: Favela Brass has great friends!

Professional double bass player and Doncaster Youth Jazz Association alumnus Alison Hawthorn now runs Vivace Strings, a youth orchestra, as part of Solihull Music Service. Just before Christmas Alison organized a public concert and a cake sale with staff and parents to raise money for Favela Brass. The events not only raised £230, but also yielded a donation of a trumpet to the project from Solihull Music Service!

Our success as a project is totally dependent on acts of kindness such as these. All of the shows, recordings and parades only become possible if the children are receiving the tuition necessary to learn to play their instruments, which in turn requires funding: with funding we can buy in local professional teachers to cover the gaps that we can’t meet with our volunteer staff, and with funding we can also attract more volunteer teachers by offering them a better deal in terms of help with accommodation and living costs.

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Sheep or goats?

Elias, a young farmer studying at the Agricultural College in Cristino Castro, is up and running with his new project.

Like many other young farmers in the region Elias is hoping to stay on his family farm and make a living from the land.

Sheep or Goats?

Sheep or Goats?

With the financial support of VinB and the technical support of Oliveira Elias has embarked on a new venture to raise animals that can thrive in semi arid conditions.

But can you tell whether his animals are sheep or goats?

In fact they are sheep!

But many a visitor to the region would easily make the mistake of identifying them as goats. Goats are also reared in the region but they are more difficult to rear because of their ‘adventurous’ nature. Sheep are more passive and docile.

We look forward to receiving updates on Elias’s flock

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Friends reunited

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.

Friends reunited

Friends reunited

“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.

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